Film Review – Logan

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Genre: Comic Book
Released: UK 1st March 2017 USA 3rd March 2017
Rating: UK 15 USA R
Runtime: 2 hrs 17 mins
Director: James Mangold
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Defne Kean, Stephen Merchant, Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant
Plot: In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

After 17 years and 9 movies, it’s time for Hugh Jackman to hang up his adamantium claws. After an underwhelming and lackluster “Origins” and a much improved but still not that great “The Wolverine” fans were hoping that this would be third time lucky.

Well, it’s safe to say that Logan is the Wolverine movie that fans have been waiting for.

Logan has excellent performances from both Jackman and Stewart (it’s not every day you hear him dropping F-Bombs). The real standout is the breakout performance of newcomer Daphne Keen.
It is a physically demanding role and she pulls it off with aplomb. A lot of her performance is channeled through her eyes and facial expressions. Stephen Merchant is surprisingly good as Caliban.

The brutal and intense fight scenes are beautifully shot and edited together. However, it is the character moments that impress the most.
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are able to explore the relationship of Logan and Professor X in a lot more depth than in previous movies. There are also great character moments between them and Laura/X-23) and also with Caliban.

The film successfully manages to balance out the funny, dark and gritty tones.
At times you forget you are watching a comic book movie. It has gorgeous cinematography along with a hard-hitting score and great direction.

While other comic book movies often get lost in the 3rd act, Logan never feels rushed. It takes the time to build up to an enthralling and emotional climax. The film certainly knows how to tug at the heart strings.

The only negative is that the two villains could have had more depth to them. Boyd Holbrook and Richard E. Grant are both ok in the roles it’s just that their characters are not that memorable.

Summary

An emotional journey with great character moments and intense, brutal action scenes. A fitting end to Jackman's time as Wolverine with a breakout performance by Dafne Keen. The best X-Men movie to date.

5

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