“Logan” is the latest installment in the X-Men movie series and (supposedly) Hugh Jackman’s last outing as the Wolverine.
Per usual, Jackman completely delivers as Logan. Patrick Stewart returns as an elderly Professor Xavier in a very different type of role. And newcomer Dafne Keen steals the show as “Laura” (X-23), a young girl that Logan must protect from a group of anti-mutant mercenaries known as The Reavers.
Although the story is inspired by the Mark Millar’s “Old Man Logan”, this movie takes the dark and disturbing tone of that tale, and goes in a completely different direction with it. Whereas “The Wolverine” felt like a samurai movie, “Logan” is a post-apocalyptic western.
Director James Mangold (“The Wolverine”) returns – this time however, with the R rating, he’s finally able to show a gritty and unleashed Wolverine going berserk on some faceless goons. As much as I love the last one (“The Wolverine” – the one where he’s in Japan, not to be confused with “X-Men: Origins”) this movie proves that Wolverine movies should’ve been rated R from the get go.
It’s really good, but it does leave you with some questions…
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
In the movie, Logan is a broken man at the end of his rope. He’s lost so much over such a long life time. (He was born in the early 1800’s after all) Set in a future where the X-Men are no more and mutants are an endangered species. Wolverine is sworn to protect a senile Professor X – and to protect the world from his malfunctioning powers. It’s hinted at that Charles may have even accidentally killed some of the X-Men during one of his episodes.
This brings me to my biggest complaint about the movie: which timeline is it set in? Presumably it takes place in the reset timeline following the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past, but if so, it’s a little nihilistic and depressing when you consider how that movie ended (with a happy ending for all involved). It would seem to make a lot more sense if this was set in the dark timeline where the Sentinels wiped out most of the mutants, but there’s some pretty obvious problems with that being the case as well, since there was no reference to the Sentinel program. So unless it’s in a separate timeline all together, the movie is implying that either way, the X-Men have no hope for a future…
But who knows, it could always be revealed later that Cyclops and the others simply went into hiding. Guess we’ll have to wait and see what they do next with the series!
All in all, it was a good farewell to an awesome character.
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