By: Evan Miller
Logan, with bloody claws out and a hard R rating to top it all off, has captured the hearts of critics and the marvel X men adult fan base to perfection. This movie not only signifies the end of Wolverine’s (Logan) final story arc taking its inspiration from Marvel comics “Old Man Logan”, it also symbolizes Hugh Jackman’s last portrayal of everyone’s favorite violent adamantium claw wielding Anti Hero, Wolverine. This movie felt real, with raw emotion that could make you laugh, feel anger for our protagonists, or bring you to tears. The R rating was in my opinion a definite necessity that brought the best of the both the characters portrayed but also added more weight to the themes present in the movie. I wish to let people know my honest review of the movie. I will be breaking up the movie into different sections to make this easier to read. The sections will be divided by Plot, Action Scenes, Characters, and my Overall view to wrap up.
The plot is all based sometime in the distant future, humanity has brought about mutant genocide, bringing mutant kind to very low numbers. Logan (formerly known as Wolverine) has grown old, depressed and filled with regret. He lives his life barely getting by in normal life while, having to take care of his friend, Charles Xavier (Professor X). Logan, one day is visited by a mysterious female doctor who asks, for Wolverine’s aid. The woman is being chased by a secret government agency that is after a little girl by the name of Laura who is known as a mutant. Together with Xavier, Logan goes on a journey to bring Laura (X-23) to what is rumored as a safe haven for mutants. On this journey, there will be bloodshed, humorous moments, the darker side of humanity, and redemption.
What would a movie be with Wolverine, if it didn’t have action scenes, right? By far, this movie has to have some of the best choreography I have seen in the X-men movie franchise to date.
The pure savagely aggressive fighting style of Logan and Laura, fits so accurately with how the characters actually fight in both the comics and other iterations of the two characters in fighting games and animation. They felt like actual killing machines, and not just brawlers with claws. Something I felt was a unique addition to the action sequences, was you can tell the difference in the way Logan and Laura fight. Logan showing his experience in combat, by being more precise in where he attacked, knowing when to back off and recuperate if he took too much damage, and knowing the best avenue of approaching a situation in a tactical manner. While Laura shows a more savage and animalistic style of fighting fitting for a person with little actual combat experience, though she was treated as nothing more than a weapon to be used. The scenes are very brutal, with people getting impaled, decapitated, and sliced off limbs, but it felt realistic. To further explain what I mean by realistic, I mean with the fact, there wasn’t any over the top blood geysers from lost limbs, no dramatic death sequence, none of that craziness. If you love action, this movie will keep your heart pumping and filled with excitement.
I will be breaking this down by each character and actor, giving my input for each actor on how they portrayed the character. I will mainly be focusing on the main protagonists to avoid possible spoilers.
Hugh Jackman as Logan
Hugh Jackman is the one and only Wolverine, and in this movie Hugh Jackman delivered his best performance of the character that he has played in movies for over a decade. Hugh Jackman was able to potray his character to not only see the wolverine that we have seen on the screen, but for the first time bring Old Man Logan from the Comics to life and perfect it down from look to bringing forth real emotion of a war-scarred anti-hero who has seen the darkest of humanity, leaving him filled with regret and hate for himself. Hugh Jackman’s claimed last performance of The Wolverine will greatly be missed.
Patrick Stewart as Professor X (Charles Xavier)
Patrick Stewart the man could get any role and make it glorious. In this he plays an aged Xavier who has lost the sanity of his mind and shows signs of dementia. A very bad combination when it comes to an Omega Level Mutant. Now more focus on the amazing acting of this legend, Patrick Stewart not only knew exactly how to make a scene hilarious to making tears flow down your face. Patrick Stewart expands the Xavier we have have seen on the screen and made the character into something unique, fitting in the acting style of Patrick Stewart. Simply put, Patrick Stewart will forever leave his mark on this film and in the hearts of fans watching.
This movie went all out with the R rating, and honestly, I felt it was a necessity in order to properly bring the storyline of Old Man Logan on the Big Screen. Logan will claw its way into your feels and leave with satisfaction and awe (not death like he does in the movie). Be ready when you go to the Theater and see this movie as many times as you like. See it with friends and family because it will be worth all the money you spend on it, trust me Logan will get you every time.