What did “Logan” do right that other X-Men films, or even superhero films in general, haven’t managed to accomplish? Director and writer James Mangold took one of the franchise’s prime characters and put him through a challenge that tested his humanity, along with his mutant past. After 17 years of being in the role, Hugh Jackman is finished with being Logan, but he managed to give one heck of a performance in this R-rated film.
Seeing how “Deadpool” was the first success R-rated superhero movie, “Logan” shouldn’t be anything special. In fact, Deadpool himself, played by Ryan Reynolds, makes a cameo appearance to promote his second film in the works right before the movie begins. With no spoilers attached, this is an R-rated film not solely for the swearing, but for the definite blood and gore throughout the action scenes. This feels like a Wolverine film because it goes into reality and pushes all the right buttons to make the story unique.
As for the general story, in the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X, played by Patrick Stewart, in a hideout on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. The young mutant in question is played by newcomer Dafne Keen, who is arguably one of the most interesting aspects of the film because of her background. Basically, she’s the female version of Wolverine, only a lot younger, and a lot better than he currently is. Keen’s performance, like Jackman’s, is sublime. For her first time on the big screen, she is putting in a lot of effort to make the film feel like it should: intense action and fun.
Keep in mind, though, this is not a family film. Where “Deadpool” had bloody scenes that were fun, “Logan” is meant to be taken in a more serious light. We’re looking at a Wolverine who’s becoming more human with each new wound he takes that doesn’t heal on its own. It’s a story that centers around having belief in hope when it doesn’t seem like there’s any.
It’s one last ride I would recommend taking a look at. There’s some fun here and there, but this is the Wolverine movie we’ve always been wanting. So go ahead and see it.