Cert: 15 Runtime: 137 mins Director: James Mangold Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Richard E.Grant
Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.
Logan the R rated superhero we all have been waiting for. After the rave reviews from Berlin film festival this film has captivated me. Hugh Jackman has been a loyal servant to the X-Men franchise giving 16 years of his career to Wolverine. In all honesty his spin off films aren’t that memorable, but the man behind Logan is why we pay for the ticket. So what is Logan about? In the not-too-distant future, the ageing Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is eking out a meagre existence in the Mexico desert whilst caring for the elderly Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). However he then comes across mysterious young girl Laura Kinney/X-23 (Dafnee Keen), who possesses astonishing and dangerous powers. But Logan and Xavier must protect the child from the deadly Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), leader of the marauding cyborgs known as the Reavers.
Logan is probably one of the better comic book movies to have come out for sometime! It is nothing but an emotional roller-coaster of a ride. James Mangold really knocks it out of the park, the tone of the film is set in less than 2 minutes. It’s gritty, raw and a powerhouse of a film. Did I mention I adore Logan? The plot itself is simple yet effective, it’s very well paced and never drags or lags. The action sequences are bloody, violent and fast. All the car chases reminded me of Mad Max: Fury Road, but damn it work so well. The green-screen when the chases happened were rather poor but that is a minor complaint. Logan can be a very serious film at times but the comedic elements are truly hilarious. Patrick Stewart does dish out a lot of laughs. My only quarrel is that they swear too much, in the aspect that it isn’t organic. Personally I love swearing but Mangold seemed to just throw f-bombs for no reason whatsoever.
Hugh Jackman’s swansong as Logan was nothing but award worthy. I wish they would have stalled Logan until award season. This was his best performance since The Prestige IMO, this was the Logan that Jackman should of been playing from the beginning. He is an emotional powerhouse here, he truly gives his all to the role. If Jackman deserves award recognition, Sir Patrick Stewart is also in the same wagon. He really works well with Jackman and gives a stellar performance. Dafne Keen gives a great debut performance. She is as bad-ass as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass, but the dramatic element really pushes her stature in Logan. She barely speaks but her facial expressions and body language syncs the role so well. Logan is truly a great ride and potentially one of the better comic book movies. I haven’t enjoyed a comic book movie this much since Winter Soldier. Truly Logan is cinematic gold!