Film Review: Logan
These old bones won’t heal, at least the old bones of the titular hero Logan won’t. What an utterly gripping film! Well worth the trip to the cinema and, as one of the first films we suggested would ne worthwhile this year, I can gladly say I was not disappointed. But for those of you who haven’t seen it, here’s our spoiler-free review of the most action-packed film in March.
The not too distant future is a bleak place, devoid of mutants. Only a few remain, which means survival is the name of the game. At least, that’s how it is for Logan, who has become sick from the Adamantium inside of him. Logan, better known as Wolverine, lives out in the middle of nowhere, making enough money to get medicines for his friend and mentor, Professor Charles Xavier, who has become ill. With the only other remaining mutant, Caliban, Logan spends his days as a chauffeur, while Caliban looks after their hideout.
Uninterested in the crazy musings of the Professor, Logan grows increasingly angry and volatile. Taking to drink, he looks to spend the rest of his days quietly, as he realises that the Adamantium is poisoning him. As such, the mighty Wolverine is weakening and isn’t the mutant that he used to be. One lady keeps trying to get Logan to take herself and her child to a place described in the comics of the X-Men as “Eden”. Now, Logan must go on a trip to take this mysterious girl to Eden with Xavier in tow.
Brutal, if we’re being honest here. If you aren’t a fan of killing in comics or superhero movies, this might be one of the most graphic films I have seen in a while. Mind you, if you enjoyed Deadpool, you’ll be fine! There are some shocking scenes, which I kind of wonder how it got the 15 rating it did. With that said, the sight of some of the kills by Logan are simply incredible. It’s raw, it’s adult and it’s truly bloody as all hell. It’s a movie to not take the squeamish to.
With this said, the cast were incredibly well picked for their roles. With Stephen Merchant as Caliban, that kind of lovable means-well nature is reflected in his performance. Robert Holbrook who plays the evil Donald Pierce, probably most well known for his TV roles previously, he brings an air of superiority that few others could bring to the table. Yes, we even get Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Charles Xavier, who has been going decidedly mad through his illnesses. Patrick plays the role to perfection, letting you laugh and often empathise with the situation. Finally, Hugh Jackman’s final performance in the Wolverine movies was perfect. Vicious, raw, bloody and filled with rage.
One thing I will say as just a small side note… Dafne Keen who plays the girl, Laura, will have a damn good career if she keeps that up. I won’t say what, but she’s a future star in the making, so look out for her.
The trailer, the film; Everything was well done from an audio perspective. The fact they chose the Johnny Cash version of Hurt was very smart; especially for those of us who knew the Old Man Logan story. Although I shouldn’t compare this to Old Man Logan comics too much, it’s close enough that it’s justified. As such, to have songs like this, the story of a broken, dying old man is the vision that is conjured.
I had to think back to the Logan comics and actually, this isn’t anywhere near the same story. This isn’t even Old Man Logan. It is however a unique, smart way to get the story of Old Man Logan across and I really enjoyed it. It’s gritty and bloody, it’s even somewhat gory, so you have been warned. But this story feels like the right ending to the Wolverine films. After all, who else would play the Wolverine? A role seemingly perfect for Jackman, don’t miss this one.
As always though, it’s time for your opinions on Logan. Have you seen it yet? If not, what do you want to see in it? Is this the film you were waiting for, or did you expect something else? No spoilers now: Let’s keep the comments below or give us a comment on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit and keep the spoilers out!