Tears fall as the X-Men film universe says goodbye to Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman.
Director James Mangold (Knight and Day and The Wolverine) teams up with Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in what could possibly be one of the highlights of the X-Men franchise. As the last X-Men film for both Jackman and Stewart, Logan should be viewed whether or not it is good.
In 2029, Logan (Jackman), whose healing factor has greatly declined, now works as a chauffeur, lives with Caliban (Stephen Merchant), and takes care of a senile Professor X (Stewart). Soon, they meet Laura (Dafne Keen), a mysterious girl with a blatant similarity with Logan. They soon find themselves on the run and protecting Laura from a group of mercenaries known as the Reavers, led by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook).
Hugh Jackman goes all out in this film. This is definitely his best Wolverine film and his best portrayal of the character. You really feel the toll of his weakened healing factor. His walk is limp; his body is bruised and scarred; his face is definitely rugged. Logan has seen and experienced a lot… and most of it is bad.
The same goes for Charles Xavier. He really looks vulnerable.He has a hard time speaking. He regularly experiences seizures. He really looks old.
In fact, they both look old! It’s such a painful sight to see these two beloved characters in such a dilapidated state.
Meanwhile, Dafne Keen is surprisingly amazing as Laura. She expressed both innocence and ferocity in her scenes. She had more character development than a lot of characters in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The action sequences and fight scenes are brutal in its execution, and it truly deserves its R rating. For the first time after 17 years, we finally get to see what Wolverine does best: slicing and dicing.
The tone of the film is obviously different compared to the rest of the X-Men movies. It doesn’t follow your typical superhero story.
However, the film suffers from the same sickness the Marvel Cinematic Universe is having: weak antagonists. Logan’s internal conflicts are obvious… yes- his age, weakened healing factor, and his rejection of being in a group/family (again). But the people who are in his way (external conflicts) only appeared as minor grievances.
Also, given that this is the last appearance of Jackman and Stewart in an X-Men film, it bothers me greatly that there are a lot of questions the film left unanswered. Some of them are continuity questions; some of them are new ones.
Logan is a great sendoff to Jackman and Stewart in roles that they have played for almost two decades. It has great character development, brutal fight scenes, and a new character with full of potential. However, it suffers from the same problems the X-Men film franchise suffers. Because of that, this film is…