Logan review: This is how you say good-bye

In 2029, Mutants are near extinct and Logan (Hugh Jackman) takes it upon himself to assimilate into an ordinary life in order to keep Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) hidden and safe. His life is turned upside down when Gabriella (Elizabeth Rodriguez), a Transigen nurse who turns up calling him by his mutant name seeking his help for a little girl named Laura (Dafne Keen). Despite being able to shake the nurse off, he is approached by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), the head of security at Transigen, who suspects Logan’s involvement. An unexpected incident following the meet with Pierce thrusts Logan reluctantly into helping Laura get to safety.

“There’s still plenty of other opportunities out there after this!” ┬ęTwentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

I’d have to say that this is hands-down the best Wolverine-centered film to date. It not only brought the character of Wolverine to a whole new level; it ended the Jackman era of Logan perfectly.

The plot for Logan was fast-paced and pulled no punches when it came to being brutal and gory. I winced every time he put his claws through someone’s skull, and pulls them out blood-stained. It definitely had bits of Western flavor in it but that didn’t affect the movie in anyway. Though Logan had been action-packed like the other films in the franchise, I felt that it had more heart as there were more dramatic scenes that helped Logan confront his fears and hesitations.

“That’s for calling me small, you buttface!” ┬ęTwentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

For a young actress like Keen, it was an impressive role that she played. As most of her scenes didn’t have her engaging in a dialogue, it was crucial for her expressions and behavior to be expressed at the right timing. It was great to see her balancing the toughness of the mutant side of her character as well as the innocent side of the child her character was. Gone are the days where Stewart and Jackman had prim and proper looks. Having aged the characters, it was strangely endearing to see Charles Xavier as a 90-year old grandpa. His quirky mannerisms and smart comebacks even reminded me of McAvoy’s Xavier in several scenes. As for Jackman’s aged Logan – it was truly hard for me to see the unbeatable Wolverine suddenly
become lesser of the man and mutant he used to be. What I really liked about this side of Logan was the raw emotion he seemed to experience as he slowly breaks the shell he’s built around him. Having played this role for 16 years, Jackman definitely did justice as he took the screens as Wolverine for the final time.

All in all, Logan was an enjoyable last installment to Wolverine’s franchise though I’m pretty sure a reboot is currently up for discussions. I won’t be surprised if this isn’t the last time we see the group of kids from Transigen either, since their escape to Canada as they’re basically a new group of X-Men.

So what’s next, 20th Century Fox?




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  1. This film blew me away, particularly the violence. I think everyone was excited about it being rated R, but even more shocking was how brutal and grotesque it looked, nearly absent of style. And it perfectly illustrated the point of the narrative, that violence is fatalistic (which is easy to forget when so much of film celebrates violence). Logan is brave and bold for numerous reasons, but especially for telling that story in the context of the character. Fantastic review!

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