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Logan from start to finish gives us everything we have received in Hugh Jackman’s previous performances as Wolverine but steps it up quite a few notches. From the opening sequence of the movie we not only receive action, but we see why the movie receives it’s R-rating. The action sequences are so much more brutal, and the language is finally filter free. Which is something I definitely felt needed to happen because an abrasive character like Logan needs to be able to be well…abrasive, without being filtered for language.
It was great seeing them engaging the audience right from the opening sequence with a highly entertaining fight between Logan and some “cholos.” Not only did it do good job of setting the tone for the entire movie, but it helped show us that Wolverine is vulnerable and wearing down. After the fight he does not heal immediately, but shortly after as we eventually see the bullets slowly fall out of his skin.
After a sequence where we see him working as a limo driver and get a hint that mutants are on the brink of extinction, we get introduced to Caliban (who you might remember from X-Men Apocalypse), a mutant that is capable of tracking other mutants. He is helping Logan to be a caretaker to none other than Charles Xavier himself. When we first get introduced to Xavier he is very out of sorts and is goes crazy when he sees Logan enter his room. We get the explanation later in the movie that he is actually suffering from dementia, and one can only assume that the medication he takes throughout the movie is helping to combat it.
I won’t walkthrough the rest of the story line as I do not want to waste your time and spoil every nuance of the movie. I will simply say that director James Mangold does an incredible job of blending the great action we have seen before from a Wolverine film with intense fights that are as brutal as ever but also creates a lot of emotional highpoints that will tug at your heartstrings. We also start to see Wolverine get beat up more and more as his body starts to break down throughout the movie. Mangold also does a fine job at continuing the theme of Logan’s nightmares and the past that has haunted him. This creates an old, withered character that tries to stay completely unattached to Laura or X-23.
There were only two things that, after digesting the movie, I thought were a little strange. The first being that Gabriella, the woman who helps Laura escape from Transigen, was somehow able to get away with getting so much video footage of all the things that were happening at Transigen without getting caught. I mean, in the video one of the scientists gets mad at the nurses for giving them a birthday party so I can’t imagine they would be okay with her holding up a phone and recording everything. My second problem was that the death of Charles Xavier felt very lacking. They did a fine job of giving him his big soliloquies before he gets attacked by the Logan clone but, because of everything going on around them, Logan does not really get a chance to digest anything. Not only that, instead of showing his rage and charging at the clone, they completely cut to the clone so you don’t get to feel the emotion of the death nearly as much.
Emotion played a huge key in this movie, and Hugh Jackman was at the epicenter of most of it. Jackman was finally given a chance to bring his outstanding acting skills to center stage in his portrayal of Wolverine and his performance does not disappoint. The emotional high points of the film go that much higher with Jackman making the audience feel the moment as much as he does. Also the most surprising performance has to be from Dafne Keen who played Laura in the film. In the action sequences, she brings almost equivalent intensity to the fights as Jackman does and in her big emotional scene at the end of the movie, she makes the audience want to cry with her. I truly cannot overstate how impressive those two were in this film.
Despite a lackluster death of one of its characters, Logan is a wonderful film. From the outstanding performances by Jackman and Keen to the great mix of action and emotion, Logan has something that will appeal to any audience. This film could not have done a better job concluding a 17-year run for Jackman as Wolverine and will leave longtime fans with a smile and some tears along the way.