Caution: This review contains spoilers!
Logan, the final chapter of Hugh Jackman’s 17 year journey portraying this iconic superhero is directed by James Mangold. It’s hard to believe that we will no longer see Jackman as The Wolverine, but this movie did a fantastic job wrapping up his role.
As Hugh Jackman himself said in an interview, “This movie is a love letter to the fans.” and it truly is. We get to see a lot more of Wolverines troubled side, his internal battle and guilt for everything he has done. Although he is a good guy, he has killed many people, and as he says in the movie, “That’s just something you have to try to live with.” We get to experience in my opinion, a Wolverine we’ve never seen before. Mostly I would say because of its R rating, there’s much more emotion that you can express, especially for a character such as The Wolverine. At the end of the movie we can really feel the parting of this character, the closing of a book, which really makes Hugh Jackman’s words be true of this being a final “love letter”.
The performances in this film are great, obviously Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart nail their roles just as you’d expect. But everyone was curios to see how the young Dafne Keen would do as X-23, she did not let us down. Dafne really held her own amongst heavyweight actors like Jackman and Stewart. I was impressed with her action scenes and with her acting overall. The bond between Logan and X-23 was very dynamic, they started off not really liking each other, X-23 being baggage to Logan, and Logan simply being a Legend from her comic books. As the movie progresses they begin to be united as a team, and in the end, a Father/Daughter realtionship.
The plot was pretty good, and maintained a pretty consistent story telling experience throughout, revealing little pieces of necessary information at a time. The villain was passable, not memorable. I believe the true “villain” was Wolverines younger clone in the end. As his clone stabs Logan through the shoulder and drags him across the floor, there is a moment where Logan looks up at him and his clone looks down at him, his clone filled with brainwashed rage, Logan simply looks away and it almost seems like Logan realized this is what he gets for all the years of being a weapon, to die the way he killed so many others, to be killed by himself. As he layed there dying at the ending of the film, he says to X-23 “Don’t be what they made you”. With these words, I feel like it all came together, he knows his time is up and he never was able to live a normal life like he wanted to, but now he feels like X-23 can be diffrent than him, and live a life that she wants to live, and not be a weapon like they had made her.
So after all is said and done, this film feels more like a moral redemption story than a superhero movie, a movie everyone can enjoy, regardless if you like superhero films or not. I very much enjoyed Logan. I believe it is a perfect farewell for The Wolverine, and Hugh Jackman himself.
But don’t just take my word for it! Go see the movie for yourself! If you have seen it, what did you think about it? Do you think we’ll see another portrayal of The Wolverine? Leave your interesting and creative responses in the comment section. I’d love to hear your thoughts!