Hugh Jackman reprises his most famous role in the highly anticipated film, Logan.
Jackman stars as James “Logan” Howlett (commonly known by his nickname Wolverine), one of the few known mutants left living in the modern world. Logan over time has become consumed by alcoholism and is beginning to show a deterioration in his health and strength. It seems that the only driving force in his life anymore is to conceal and protect his only friend, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart).
Things change when Logan is approached by a nurse named Gabriella (Elizabeth Rodriguez), who has been taking care of an eleven year old mutant girl named Laura (Dafne Keen). One of the few adolescent mutants left, Laura is currently being hunted by a biotechnology corporation. A reluctant Logan must now help Laura to seek shelter in North Dakota from this corporation and its affiliates.
Logan gives the audience the chance to see Wolverine unlike we’ve ever seen him before. The film goes beyond the usual superhero brooding and shows us a man who is deeply tortured by his past. The audience doesn’t even get a romanticized typical superhero, we get a beaten down alcoholic who is damn near giving up on life throughout the entirety of the film. This ultimately flawed version of Wolverine is a fascinating character to see develop onscreen. All in all, when I compare Logan to other contemporary superhero flicks, I feel that it’s something a bit more emotionally rich.
Our title character can only be as good as our title actor, and Hugh Jackman does a wonderful job reprising his role. Hugh Jackman plays Wolverine at his lowest point in his life, giving us a very emotional and enthralling performance. For me, Hugh Jackman has now permanently become the face of the Wolverine. Seeing someone other than Hugh Jackman play Wolverine in a live action role would, at this point, feel weird.
Logan involved far less action sequences than I had anticipated. What I thought would be a big epic action movie turned out to be a very character driven story with a lot of heartbreak. As you can probably assume about every trailer for Logan, the tone of the film is extremely dark. Other than a small amount of comic relief, just about everything in the film is depressing and sad. Some people will find this to be a major problem with viewing pleasure, which is understandable. I for one thought the unusually dark tone of Logan was clever, allowing it to include and discuss more heavy handed material.
The few action scenes that we got in Logan were all beautifully shot and a lot of fun to watch. I guess you could say the action sequences have the typical quality of a Marvel film. The camera stays focused on what’s happening and doesn’t jump cut too frequently, allowing for the viewer to fully enjoy the action.
There were also some very bold direction choices made in Logan that I highly respect. On multiple occasions I was left shocked and speechless at the events unfolding onscreen. It’s hard to speak about these events without going into spoilers, but let’s just say that the climax has major ramifications on the future of this series. I love when filmmakers are willing to make daring choices that may or may not receive public praise.
By the films end I was left pondering its meanings, resolutions, and implications. Logan makes a real attempt at getting messages across that go beyond face value. It dabbles with concepts of guilt, letting go of the past, depression, murder, and the idea of ultimately choosing to do the right thing. I can’t remember the last time a superhero film left me contemplating its deeper meanings and values like Logan. This was by far my favorite aspect of the film and is what really sets it apart from other films similar to it.
I would highly recommend all superhero fans to go and see Logan. It takes a very dark look at one of the most beloved comic book characters at his absolute lowest point. All the acting in the film is fantastic, the story thought provoking, and the action scenes entertaining and fun to watch. If you don’t mind a comic book film with a dark (and often vulgar) side, than Logan might be right for you.
The Verdict: A