Hugh Jackman has been Wolverine for over 17 years, and yet he found a way to deliver a new version of the character in quite possibly the best performance of his career and the best X-Men movie so far. A superhero movie of this caliber hasn’t been since the widely-acclaimed “Dark Knight Trilogy”.
Set in the future, a future where mutants are a rarity, Logan/ James Howlett (Hugh Jackman) spends his nights chauffeuring rich businessmen, drunk party-goers and hen parties around the neon lit casinos near the Texas-Mexico border, then getting drunk himself until he knocks out. During the day, he cares for a sickly Professor Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart) with the help of an albino mutant tracker, Caliban (Stephen Merchant) in an abandoned junkyard on the Mexican side of the border.
The main plot begins when Logan is approached by a lady, who is accompanied by a young girl called Laura (Dafne Keen), for help yet being the anti-hero that he is, he consistently rejects her pleas until she offers him money, lots and lots of money. Enter Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), a cybernetic armed hired gun that is searching for the lady and the young girl and has no issues with killing anyone and anything that stands in his way. Pursued by the cybernetic hired gun Pierce , Logan, Laura and Professor X take off on an exodus across middle America in search of a fabled mutant utopia called Eden.
Part Western, part road movie. Unlike “The Wolverine” where Logan spent much of it powerless, in “Logan,” he has aged to the point where his super-healing powers ain’t what they used to be. He’s scarred, beaten, bruised and battered. When he’s cut, he bleeds awhile. A far cry from the calm and composed Prof X we’re used to seeing, he’s now suffering from possible dementia and is more reminiscent of that friendly yet crazy old uncle you’d find at your local hawker stall. While Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart are incredible actors, the standout performance comes from the lesser-known and much younger, Dafne Keen. Her portrayal as a little girl who only knows pain, unwanted by her “father” and knows close to nothing of the outside world is absolutely amazing. Her acting ability can clearly be seen in her moments of raw savagery throughout and her realization of who she is towards the end.
But where “The Wolverine” started strong and devolved into another ridiculously forgettable comic-book-movie smash-’em-up, “Logan” remains true to its vision. Great for people who love Classic Westerns, Superheroes, The Last of Us(video game) or just Good Movies in general.
Oh and some friendly advice to those that have yet to watch “Logan”, remember to bring a box of tissues because it’s a real tearjerker too.
“Joey, there’s no living with the killing. There’s no going back from one. Right or wrong, it’s a brand. A brand sticks. There’s no going back. Now you run on home to your mother, and tell her everything’s all right. And there aren’t any more guns in the valley.”
– Shane (1953)
To those that have watched it, here’s that iconic clip that served as pretty much the inspiration to the entire movie.