Logan: A perfect end to Wolverine on screen

I finally got to see Logan last night, after a couple of false starts over the weekend. And I can say without hesitation, it was worth the wait.

This was the Wolverine film that we needed to see when X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released and definitely beats the pants off 2013’s The Wolverine. Logan was gritty, realistic (or as realistic as you can get when you feature mutants and cyborgs), funny, sad and moving.

Logan was gritty, realistic (or as realistic as you can get when you feature mutants and cyborgs), funny, sad and moving.

I was absorbed from the first moment – I don’t remember being so drawn into the screen when the X-Men were on it! If you’re no fan of the super-hero genre, don’t worry. This is an excellent film in its own right. You don’t really need to have a PhD in advanced geekery to understand what’s going on.

I don’t do spoilers, but the trailers themselves share a lot. We get to see an older Logan, now going by his given name, James. This is not your comic-book Wolverine, but a fairly broken and beat-up guy, just trying to keep his head down and stay out of trouble.

We get to see an older Logan, now going by his given name, James. This is not your comic-book Wolverine, but a fairly broken and beat-up guy, just trying to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But just like in every gunslinger movie ever made, trouble comes looking for him.

We get to see an even older Professor Xavier, played superbly by a stellar Sir Patrick Stewart. He combines frailty and power in a stunning performance. He’s said it himself that it marks his retirement from the X-Men franchise and I can’t think of a better way for him to leave.

If you, like I, have been a fan of the Wolverine character over the last few decades, this is the film for you. If you only know Logan from the movies, this might be quite a shock. There are no superhero outfits or capes, no overpowering special effects. And it’s gritty and violent. Very, very violent.

The guy has unbreakable claws in his hands – we finally get to see what happens to the guys he uses them on. Prepare for blood…

This is really a character-centred film and benefits from exploring what it’s like to be Logan – not delving into why he is the way he is, or pitting him against improbable villains.

Hugh Jackman was very open about this being his last outing as Wolverine/Logan and without doubt, it’s his best performance as the character. What a way to leave the franchise!

Well done to all involved – Logan gets a solid 5/5 from this fan.

  1. This film wrecked me. I got home just fine, and when my wife asked me if I was okay I just started blubbering. Its days later and I’m still thinking about it. I don’t know if I could watch it again… very bleak. But incredibly moving. Just wow.

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    1. It’s definitely not a happy go lucky film, but that’s why I loved it. Put yourself in the shoes of someone who’s seen nothing but war, pain and death. He’s not likely to be cheery! Take him away from all the other X-Men and this becomes more obvious. He can’t shrug it all off anymore and we get to see that.

      For me, it was the best Wolverine film for this reason alone.

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  2. Wolverine (& Sabertooth) were my favs from when I came to the X men, 1986 (courtesy of my mentor).

    I was angry when they 1st came to film & Jackman was cast but I think that he did a good job, perhaps the best job of any characterisations!

    I haven’t seen it yet, too much going on, and I may actually wait. I think this will be sad & I don’t want to be the girl who cries at a superhero film at the cinema. There was a broad sobbing during one of the Star Trek films & i recall wondering when the special van was coming for her.

    😛

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