Logan was a film that made both mine and Jonathan’s top ten list of most anticipated movies for the year. I cannot speak for Jonathan, but from where I’m standing, Logan lived up to my expectations and then some. This is unlike any Wolverine movie I’ve ever seen, and to be honest, I think it’s the Wolverine movie we’ve all been waiting for since Hugh Jackman started portraying him 17 years ago. Now, this film is rated R, which is necessary for the violence and gore throughout the film, but at no point did it seem over the top. Every violent act and every confrontation served to move the story forward or inform about a character.
Overall, the premise for Logan seems pretty simple to understand. Most of the mutants are gone. Logan and Professor X are still around, but Logan tries to keep his identity under wraps and Professor X is an old man struggling with memory loss and the complications that brings. Logan’s ultimate goal, as you find out quickly, is to take himself and Professor X on a boat in the middle of the ocean where they can harm no one. Of course, life never goes so simply, and it doesn’t in Logan’s story either. Laura, a young mutant enters the picture, as do the bad guys, and Logan is set off on a journey he has no desire to take.
I truly don’t want to give any spoilers, but the character development in this film is so well done. Logan’s relationship with Professor X is touching throughout the whole film. Logan, as gruff as he is, gets frustrated with the old man so easily, but the lengths he goes to keep the Professor safe is moving. Logan has always been a hard man, but he is even harder after losing almost everything and everyone he’s ever cared about. The relationship that Logan builds with Laura is both heartwarming at different moments and absolutely hilarious. This film is an action movie, yes, but it is truly so much more. You’ll laugh with them at the dinner table and at Stephen Merchant’s quippy remarks as Caliban. You’ll also cry as Laura’s past is revealed and Wolverine faces his demons.
So, while I’m trying not to give away too much, I’m essentially telling you to just go see the film. It has great fight sequences. It has heart wrenching moments. It has a great cast, and it is the last film we’ll see Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart in as these beloved characters.