Gritty and unforgiving, yet also movingly thoughtful, Logan is the dark X-Men movie fans have waited too long for.
The year is 2029 and mutants have become rare and few in the world. Somewhere in Texas, Wolverine spends his days working as a chauffeur while sheltering a senile Professor X and struggling with the slow demise of his powers. One day, he reluctantly accepts a job to drive a woman named Gabriela and her daughter to North Dakota, a task that quickly lands him in open conflict with the deadly Alkali-Transigen organization. In the midst of the chaos, Wolverine discovers a shocking truth. Gabriela did not purely choose Wolverine for the job because of his abilities. The truth lies in what her daughter actually is.
To be honest, I didn’t look forward to Logan.
While I agree Hugh Jackman did a phenomenal job with his portrayals of Mr. Adamantium bones over the years, the character himself never appealed to me. Wolverine was just too gruffly, too feral, for my comic book tastes. There were also many other X-Men with way more fascinating powers or character. Given a choice, I would have preferred a Gambit movie rather than another Wolverine one. I felt enough had been said about Project X.
Because of that, I walked into the cinema with little enthusiasm. Oh gosh, was I then blown away! This is one of those movies you know you are going to love for a long, long time within five minutes of viewing. Everything just feels right, from the lighting, to the camera direction, to the story flow, and especially the unapologetic violence.
At the heart of everything is also, of course, Jackman and Stewart delivering their finest X-Men performances ever. Performances stripped of any political correctness or screen glamour, and focused purely on the grim realities the story insists that you know.
Very simply, this is Wolverine and Professor X at their worst. Correspondingly, this is them at their most human and powerful too. To me, they also felt to be at their most beautiful.
Without a doubt, Logan is the finest X-Men movie to date. This is The Dark Knight Rises equivalent for Marvel. In my opinion, there is no better swansong for Hugh Jackman’s, and possibly Patrick Stewart’s, X-Men journeys.
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