The year is 2029 and there hasn’t been a new mutant born in nearly 25 years. Logan (Hugh Jackman) has aged quite a bit and contemplates ending his life many times, but since he takes care of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), he still has purpose. When a strange woman comes to him and begs him to take a girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) to North Dakota, Logan blows her off, but when he learns that this girl has his genetic DNA, he finally feels a connection that pushes him to live.
Logan is based off the comics Old Man Logan and is focused on Logan when he is much older and the X-Men are no more. The story has some action, but the focus now is on a beaten and broken man who is ready for his life to be over. Logan doesn’t care about anything and simply drifts through life. Charlies Xavier is still there for him allowing him to be strong, but Charles is near death himself and can only do so much. The addition of this young girl allows Logan to have purpose and to fight for something since he experienced the same life that she may face. Just like any “parent,” Logan decides to fight for a better life for Laura. A life that he wasn’t allowed to have. He becomes instinctual and doesn’t let anything get in his way.
As far as a movie goes, Logan isn’t a “superhero” movie like the X-Men films were. This movie is a drama with action sequences scattered around at key points. It looks at the inter-turmoil that Logan now experiences day to day and the fact that he doesn’t care about anything. This movie is very violent when it comes to the action, and it is very R rated. Let’s just say that there are many scenes where Logan’s claws go inside another human graphically and limbs are removed. Just like Deadpool, this is not a kid-friendly movie so parents beware.
Soap box time: Wolverine is my favorite superhero. Period. I grew up as a child of the 90s with the 90s X-Men being my comic of choice. I love him in the comics and in the animated series and Hugh Jackman was a great Logan. He, however, was never Wolverine. Wolverine wears a yellow and black uniform and Hugh Jackman never wore the iconic suit that made Wolverine recognizable. I still to this day have no idea why the X-Men never looked like they did in the comics because it kept me from fully identifying with the characters but since Logan was just a man, Hugh Jackman pulled that part off greatly. I did like how they addressed the “X-men Comics” as being an exaggeration of the real mutants and that “Wolverine” was a fictional character based on his life. I still don’t like that Jackman never became Wolverine, but I’m glad it was mentioned.
Overall, my impression of Logan was that this movie is a great send off for Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman. These men carried a torch for many years and this will be their legacy. Having said that, Logan is a good film, but because of the dreary setting and the grungy nature of the characters, I didn’t love it. I never like the “babysitting story lines” in movies and the 11 year old girl just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t care about her character and felt that her being just like Logan was too boring. Having said that, this movie is a touching look at the last remaining X-Men characters and will please many movie goers, even if it is sad and depressing. Co-starring Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Elizabeth Rodriguez.
7/10 Stars – A gritty, sad, and realistic look into a character Hugh Jackman brought to life, even if he never really became Wolverine.