“Logan” Review

2 March, 2017

Director: James Mangold
Screenwriters: James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green
Director of Photography: John Mathieson
Cast: 
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook

Synopsis: In a futuristic universe where Logan and Caliban have become the sole carers of an ageing Professor X, Wolverine is tasked with delivering a young mutant to safety but he finds his powers slowly diminishing at a time when they are most needed.


Logan Review:

A kamikaze movie made to excuse all that came before it, “Logan” is one for the fans, utilising a darker source material than many have become accustomed to while praying for a positive outcome. Based on Mark Millar’s gory comic book series ‘Old Man Logan,’ the movie places Hugh Jackman in an alternate reality where several X-Men have been wiped out by Charles Xavier’s uncontrollable seizures. Left to care for the senile professor in his final moments, Logan must bite the bullet in times of excruciating pain as Professor X’s psychic attacks turn his brain into a weapon of mass destruction, practically obliterating the minds of those around him while inadvertently putting the already crippled Wolverine through absolute hell.

Placing inconceivable burden upon Fox’s struggling hero, “Logan” assesses the moral ambiguity behind the famous X-Man, suggesting that his ability to care for and nurture a child is only truly accessible once all of his strength has diminished. As a truly battered and bruised entry in the franchise, the movie is a blood-spattered apology from James Mangold who jumps into the “Deadpool” slipstream with ferocious intentions, forcing Wolverine to lock claws with an impossible villain at a time when he barely has the strength to wrestle with his conscience. As the wounds begin to leave their mark, slashing and slicing the once-invincible hero into a bloody pulp, the film sees heads roll as it proudly delivers a brutal R-rated action movie.

While neither the most charismatic nor the most complex of characters within the X-Men universe, Wolverine finds a comfortable home in the confines of this outback thriller, continuing to lead the spin-off pack and gracefully paving the way for new endeavours in an already saturated film series. Wrapping up the story with little room left for a sequel, “Logan” ends on a gloomy note, matching the solemnness of Jackman’s performance while crazily suggesting that the film is here to mark a definitive endpoint for number of key characters. Even though its finale is likely to be short-lived in a time where prequels and spin-offs eradicate the potential for true closure, “Logan” declares with a heavy heart that Wolverine’s time has finally passed; a gift that can only ever taste bittersweet for those unable to come to terms with such a bold insinuation.

 

   

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