‘Logan’ is unlike any superhero film that I’ve watched over the recent years and does something to comicbook movies that I haven’t seen done since ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Watchmen’. ‘Logan’ deserves all its praise and it definitely lives up to it’s R-rating.
Here, we see a weary, ageing Logan care for Charles Xavier; Professor X on the U.S.-Mexico border. ‘Logan’ was set in 2029, and thus treated as a standalone movie, disregarding events that happened prior to ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (the X-Men movies timeline is really confusing). This means that all the mutants were gone, save for Logan, Charles and Caliban. This in turn explains the tone of the movie, which is very dystopian-like and has the themes of a classic Western.
‘Logan’ was a wild ride from start to finish, as we see Logan, Laura and Charles on the run from Transigen, a biotech corporation seeking to recapture Laura, a.k.a. X-23. The villains, Donald Pierce and Dr. Zander Rice weren’t even memorable, but they don’t deter me from enjoying the movie any less as its main focus was on the core three mutants, and Logan’s hesitant father-daughter like relationship with Laura. I personally loved the familial theme of this movie, as it revolves around the father-son relationship between Logan and Charles, and the father-daughter relationship with Logan and Laura later on.
This was without a doubt Hugh Jackman’s best Wolverine movie, seeing that this movie allowed Logan to be unapologetically true to his character. Hugh Jackman embraces ‘old man Logan’ flawlessly, Patrick Stewart was excellent in his final play as Charles Xavier, and Dafne Keen was surprisingly impressive as a newcomer, seeing that she has the talent to keep up with both Hugh and Patrick at the same time. Dafne captures Laura perfectly, managing to portray emotions wordlessly throughout the entire film (she only started speaking more than halfway through the film).
*Major spoilers ahead!
‘Logan’ was a film that truly brings Wolverine and Professor X’s journey to a full circle, with both being killed off tragically by the end. The scene that happened after Logan was impaled by X-24, his clone, was the saddest part of the film to me, as he died holding his daughter Laura while saying that he doesn’t want her to grow up becoming the weapon that she was supposed to be. My heart completely shattered when I heard Laura frantically saying “daddy” repeatedly while Logan, with his final breath, uttered, “So, this is what it feels like” then dying after. Everyone’s heart broke by the end, as Laura upturned the cross on Logan’s grave to an X, signifying that Logan was truly the last of the X-Men.
In short, I felt that ‘Logan’ was the best X-Men movie and also the Wolverine movie that all of us fans deserve, thanks to everyone’s brilliant performance in this film. And so ends the 17-year journey that Hugh Jackman took with us as Wolverine, not to mention Patrick Stewart’s last time playing Charles Xavier. I cannot give enough praise to Hugh for portraying Wolverine since my childhood, and I really cannot see anyone else taking over as Logan. Big round of applause to Hugh and Patrick, thank you for portraying Logan and Charles throughout the years. Here’s to hoping they’ll let Dafne Keen grow with the role as Laura Kinney, X-23, as they did with Hugh’s Wolverine and eventually take on Wolverine’s mantle in the future.
There are no more guns in the valley. Farewell, bub.