I had the pleasure of seeing Logan over break. This film is not only a great superhero film, but also a great film in general. This film marks the ninth and final time that Hugh Jackman will play Logan, the Wolverine. The X-Men films are different than most other superhero films in that the “heroes” are considered mutants not superheroes and face massive public scrutiny for their differences rather than praise for saving the day. This film takes this idea even farther. The film is set in a future where mutants have almost been completely eliminated and the few that remain must stay extremely hidden. Logan has been forced to take a job as a limousine driver while he cares for the mentally and physically unstable Charles Xavier, played by Patrick Stewart. Logan’s old identity as the Wolverine comes back when he is approached by a nurse seeking his help. The nurse worked at a facility in Mexico where a corporation has used the DNA of mutants in order to create super powerful child soldiers with mutant powers. She has helped a young girl named Laura escapes and asks Logan to help transport her to safety. The film has amazing action sequences, but also contains a lot of very dramatic moments filled with emotion.
Jackman’s performance is excellent and adds a whole new dimension to character he has played so many times in the past. In this film his character has aged significantly and must deal with his worsening health. One of his mutant powers is the ability to heal from any injury, but as he has aged he has lost some of that ability. The most impressive part of Jackman’s performance though is how he conveys the sense of lost. He does an excellent job of expressing the feeling of sadness for his fellow mutants that have been killed and a sense of guilt for surviving. Despite his claws, there is a lot of humanity in the character of Logan, and you really feel for him. Patrick Stewart’s performance is also excellent as his character struggles with his mental instability and the guilt he feels for mistakes of the past. Perhaps the standout performance of the film though is from Dafne Keen, who plays Laura the young mutant. Her character doesn’t speak until nearly the end of the film, but she still conveys so much through facial expressions and mannerisms.
Another great part of this film is that it is rated R. Most superhero films are rated PG-13 to attract the largest possible audience, but the R rating for this film makes it much better. It allows for more realistic and intense violence and action, but it also allows for much more mature language and themes. It is clear that this film is much more focused on telling a story than simply making money. The film is very different from a standard superhero that comes out today, and that is what makes it so great. The action is great, but this film is based around the characters and the dialogue much more than the action. I really enjoyed this film and would recommend it even if you aren’t a fan of superhero films.
Here is a very good review of the film.