Hugh Jackman’s emotional farewell is the hard hitting, blood pumping, violent thrill ride that the iconic character has always deserved.
The popularity of this film is no secret. It is a high earner, and has been received very well by fans and critics alike, and after seeing it, it is hard to say otherwise.
Fox have had a knack for producing R-Rated Marvel films as of late, as they seem to have cracked the formula for success in the world of the adult comic book movie. This studio cannot be faulted in the slightest for taking a chance on the language, violence, and harsh realities that go hand in hand with the certificate, as it has clearly paid off.
All the main praise for the film simply has to go to the actors, who deliver some of the most heart-felt performances the superhero sub-genre has ever seen. Hugh Jackman is the best he has ever been, showing a side of Logan we’ve seldom seen, a human side. Jackman has made Wolverine his own during his tenure in the X-Men universe, and at this point, I cannot possibly imagine another actor portraying the character. But if a new actor must be chosen, it can only be one person, and that person is Dafne Keen, the actress behind the films female lead, Laura. She embodied everything that is essential to Wolverine, and gave a raw performance at a high calibre, something rarely seen in child stars, and personally I would welcome her ascension into the now vacant role. Other high notes include the always reliable Patrick Stewart as Professor X, and Stephan Merchant as the tragically sympathetic Caliban, who delivers the films only laughs.
On that topic, I will admit that the film lacks humour, but it does not need any humour, in fact I believe it would’ve spoiled the overall tone of the film. There is not a single truly happy moment in this film, and in my opinion this is a good thing. Why? Because the message the filmmakers are trying to put across is a harrowing one. We are looking at the last of the mutants, they are on deaths door, but they still fight for what they believe, this allows the protagonists to engage more deeply with active audiences, which is always a positive thing.
To round off, I would like to offer Logan one more piece of praise, as quite often in these extended film universes, it is vital that the viewer has seen previous instalments, but Logan differs. It works as part of the X-Men universe, or it works as a standalone, it has that rare adaptable quality, which will in itself lead to a considerably broader appeal.
To conclude, Logan is a great film, true to Jackman, true to the X-Men, true to its certificate, and true to the character of Wolverine. I sincerely hope that we see more R-Rated comic book movies in the near future, and who knows, we may even see Jackman reprise the role one more time, I for one would certainly not object.
I rate this film: 8.5/10