Logan Movie Review
Hugh Jackman’s tenth time popping the adamantium claws may be the best Non-Marvel Studio Super Hero movie to date. In what may very well be his last appearance as Wolverine, Jackman turns in a gritty, introspective performance where he and co-star Patrick Stewart (Professor X) are allowed the space to explore the relationships between mentor and hero in a very bleak looking future. Obviously, Spoiler Alerts ahead after the break, read on at your own risk.
The Best Wolverine Movie??
In this installment, we encounter Jackman’s Logan in the Twilight of life. The time frame is 2029 and we find Logan as a grizzled, old, cantankerous mutant. He’s a drunken, foul-mouthed, and a bit suicidal warrior who’s body and healing factor are finally starting to fail him. He’s outlived all other mutants but a few. He doesn’t believe there are any new mutants coming up behind him to be the next generation.
He is a chauffeur to pay the bills and for the care of Professor X (Patrick Stewart), who like Logan, is aging poorly. Professor X is possibly suffering from dementia/ALS (it isn’t made clear) and has seizures. These seizures are deadly and can affect everyone including most mutants. When he has a seizure, people tend to die from the mental force waves sent out of Professor X. We are lead to believe that one such outburst perhaps destroyed many of the X-men and students of the School for Gifted Youngsters.
This has lead to Logan stashing Professor X in a fairly abandoned patch of desert just south of the border, in Mexico. An interesting mutant character, Caliban (of the X-men/Morlock stories) is the “Albino” and is a caretaker of Professor X in their refuge, while Logan works to afford their upkeep and medications for the Professor.
Into this situation enters a young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) who wields some very familiar-looking adamantium claws. We find out in the course of the story, that she and many other children have been created (think cloning from mutant DNA) by an insidiously evil research firm to become child soldiers.
Many of the children escaped, and are heading to Canada to seek refuge. Laura got separated from them. She is now being hunted by the doctor, and the firm that created them. She desperately needs Logan’s help to get back to her fellow new mutants.
Logan, is hesitant and of course wants absolutely nothing to do with this. He believes his hero days are past. Of course he sees copies of Laura’s medical paperwork with his name all over them. By results of his cloned DNA, he is apparently her “father”.
An Introspective Study of the Fatherhood Relationship
The best part of this Movie’s story (for me) is the exploration of the Fatherhood Relationship. Professor X has been a Father, Teacher, and Mentor to Logan for years. Their current situation allows for Logan to become the caretaker of his Father/Mentor and in some small ways, pay him back for all that he has done.
It also now allows Logan to become a Father/Mentor to Laura and the mantle can be passed. Logan can shed some of the cynicism and nurture a glimpse of hope for the future embodied by Laura and her fellow team of new mutants as they attempt to flee to Canada.
The story’s conclusion actually left me with the feeling that if this truly is the last appearance of Jackman as Logan, that the franchise could live on in the capable claws of Keen’s X-23.
The Logan Movie Review Conclusion:
So, I appreciate that the R-rating gave them a lot more space to “flesh” out the story, but some of the violent scenes seemed a bit forced just to earn the rating. I do believe it is the best Wolverine movie of them all. It ranks in the top ten favorites of all superhero movies for me.
I think a cameo of Jackman as Wolverine would be appropriate in the Deadpool Sequel. It is rumored to be taking place. If there is another Wolverine story with Keen’s X-23 taking over the spotlight, then I would love to see here and the new mutants join up with Alpha Flight (Canada’s Super Powered Team). Alpha Flight could provide some needed training and mentor-ship up in Canada.
Logan is being released on DVD & Blu-Ray on May 22, 2017