This is it. After seventeen long years of playing the iconic Wolverine, Hugh Jackman has decided it was time to hang his hat. If Logan is the last of Jackman’s Wolverine then the end couldn’t have been more perfect.
Logan is an action-packed, yet emotional rollercoaster of a movie, that follows a weary Wolverine in the near future after most of the X-Men have disappeared. At the start of the film, on the edge of the Mexican border, Logan (Hugh Jackman) is a laying low driver who is taking care of his old, ill friend Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). However, things start to get interesting for the former X-Men as a young mutant named Laura (Dafne Keen), who is being pursued by evil forces, enters their lives. Logan and Charles must embark on one final journey to ensure that Laura arrives at a safe haven for young mutants.
Jackman and Stewart have proven themselves to be capable, outstanding actors so it isn’t a surprise that their performances in Logan is nothing short of fantastic. Considering, this is their final X-Men film, they wanted to bring their A-game to the franchise they loved so much.
While it might be the end for these beloved characters, this film also ushers in a new era of X-Men. Dafne Keen is excellent as the young, silent, and deadly mutant, Laura. It was a joy to see her on screen whether she was slicing the throats of bad guys or making things difficult for our old, crotchety heroes. I would definitely watch a movie about her and the rest of the young mutants introduced in this film.
The characters and actors weren’t the only shining elements in Logan. The film’s story isn’t like anything we’ve seen in the X-Men universe. The focus of the film isn’t a wicked person, who wants to cause apocalyptic damage to the planet, but rather human emotion, connection, and dealing with the pain of death and destruction. It’s a new chapter in superhero films that I hope is embraced by future films like this one.
I didn’t have anything bad to say about Logan because it’s a superhero film that breaks the convention of superhero films while also taking audiences on an emotional, but fun trip. While I sat in the theater watching the credits disappear to the top, I couldn’t believe this was the end for the Wolverine. All good things must come to an end. Thankfully, it was a darn good ending.