The last outing for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was one of the grittier portrayals of a superhero to date, and it was well deserved. While “The Wolverine” from 2013 was one of the more graphic PG-13 rated movies to come out in recent memory, especially for a superhero flick, this years “Logan” beats even the likes of “Deadpool”, making it one of the more mature and graphic R-rated movies I have personally seen in a while. And again, it was well deserved.
“Logan” follows an older, more grizzled Wolverine than we have seen before, caring for a senile Charles Xavier with the help of Caliban in a time where most mutants have died off. At this point in Logan’s life, he is roughly just over 100 years old, and even for an immortal mutant, his age shows. Soon after our introduction to the world and characters, Logan is tasked with escorting a young girl across the country, yet she might not need any protection after all.
James Mangold’s direction is, in a few words, fantastic and realistic. From the grounded opening sequence, this movie was gripping and original. The action sequences in”Logan” are also disturbingly realistic compared to the fantastic action sequences in other X-Men films, as every movement of the camera seems to mirror the movement of our characters. The handheld sequences give the film an even grittier feeling, without falling into “shaky cam”. The instances regarding Charle’s condition are particularly gripping. Mangold took Logan and put him in a position of vulnerability that we have not seen from him before. This added element of vulnerability is a constant theme throughout the movie, as well as hope and love. The movie is utterly hopeless for a majority of the film, with little glimmers here and there that get ripped away from our characters at every turn. Also, the movie’s R-rating really helped to sell this hopeless, unforgiving world. Logan’s claws rip through people, and we see first hand how brutal he is. This movie was extremely graphic.
The acting throughout “Logan” was stellar. Hugh Jackman is, again, fantastic in the role of Wolverine, and Daphne Keen as Laura was also brilliant, being one of the better child actors of the year. Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier brings one of the more depressing and real portrayals of the character than he has in previous films. His condition in this film is truly riveting, and Stewart sells every bit of it. From start to finish, every actor was on point and in the zone.
Lastly, the script for “Logan” was very good. Every conversation between the characters felt real, and every bit of exposition felt normal, except for one portion depicting Laura’s backstory. While it was not done badly in any way, it did come across as an exposition dump, though it did still feel real and fit well within the film. Other than that one instance, the whole movie just felt real. This is a hard feat to accomplish in a superhero movie, but James Mangold and Scott Frank’s script was stellar.
At the end of the day, “Logan” blew me away. I was gripped from the very first scene of the movie. The acting was great, the direction was great, and the script was fantastic. I know this review is pretty late, but I could not gather my thoughts completely on this movie until now. This film tells such a compelling story and tells it in such a realistic manner. As a final outing for Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine, I do not know how it could have been better.