His time has come.
Director: James Mangold
Released: March 2017
Plot: In a future where mutants are nearly extinct, an elderly and weary Logan leads a quiet life. But when Laura, a mutant child pursued by scientists, comes to him for help, he must get her to safety.
As a comic book movie, Logan feels closer to Glass and Unbreakable than the rest of the Marvel X-Men films, taking a significant departure from the standard comic-book formula with the noir black & white version even more so. There’s no sky beams, giant CGI monster threatening the universe or real connection to the previous movies in the cinematic universe apart from the returning characters of Logan (Jackman) and Professor Xavier (Stewart)
Another departure from the other Marvel films with the exception of Deadpool is the level of graphic violence. feeling closer in tone to The Predator than Captain Marvel, but this gritty and harder feel helps the film rather than hindering it, fitting in closer to the subject matter or an ageing Wolverine dealing with the death of all his friend, his mentor’s mental stability slowly disintegrates.
Avengers: Endgame was given plaudits for making a more serious yet still fun superhero movie, but Logan takes this one step further and I find it truly refreshing to see great actors such as Stewart and Jackman given better material to work with than in the previous films in the X-Men universe.
I’m not going to say that the plot in Logan is overly unique, in essence, its about an aging solder attempting to help a child escape an evil government agency, which just happens to involve the X-Men, but it’s the fact that these are characters we have grown up watching that separates it from the others, with a mix of quiet, heartfelt moments and violence pushing these characters onwards into a spiralling endgame.
This isn’t to say that the film doesn’t have some flaws, the main one being that for most of the film the plot centres around a relatively small amount of characters, up until the last few scenes in which we are treated to a large group of news characters that aren’t given much in the way of character development beyond a quick demonstration of their powers. Sadly these characters don’t bring much to the plot and without them, the ending could have been given more gravity than it already has.
Another more minor issue that I found while watching the film is that although explained away that the majority of the other X-Men are long since dead, it would have been nice to have seen maybe one or two pop up or even be spoken about during the film. maybe even the ending revolving around getting the children to say Scott Summers or Jean Grey, rather than just Canada.
Overall, Logan is a highly compelling standalone film that even if you’re not into comic-book movies you will find enjoyable.