‘Logan’ bears its claws for grand finale
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The Wolverine saga comes to a close with Marvel’s newest X-Men series movie “Logan.”
Brutal fight scenes and spectacular acting by the cast gave the Wolverine series a proper ending.
Logan, portrayed for the final time by Hugh Jackman, has aged and seems to be experiencing pain, which is odd considering his healing capabilities. He also is housing an aged Charles Xavier, Patrick Stewart, in an abandoned Mexican factory.
After being contacted by a mysterious woman seeking help from her pursuers, Logan is thrust back into his former life of being a mutant on the run.
A mercenary, Boyd Holbrook, is seeking a girl that Logan is now in charge of. This girl, Dafnee Keen, is no ordinary child, as Logan soon finds out. She is a mutant like Logan.
Jackman conveys the emotions of an aged Logan well.
Since Logan is older now and not as strong as before, Jackman, is tasked with combining the gruff attitude with the constant pain that Logan must show.
Luckily, Jackman does this without making Logan into a grumpy old man who doesn’t do anything.
Keen plays her character well too. As a young mutant with so much emotion, she really shines as a high energy killer when the action scenes are going strong.
Stewart also shines again as the iconic Charles Xavier.
Stewart takes the role of a grumpy old man. This gives some unique interactions between Logan and Charles when they bicker about medication or quick decisions.
But let’s not forget about the gruesome action. This is an R-rated film, so director James Mangold does not hold back on the blood and dismemberment.
The action really gets interesting when a surprise antagonist enters the scene about midway through the film.
Logan also shows the lighter side of Wolverine.
As mentioned earlier, Logan is forced to be a father figure to Laura at some points, which gives audiences a laugh. The serious interactions between Logan and Laura help add a new layer of character depth as well.
The film also gives great world-building clues with quick dialogue lines or radio chatter in the background, so listen for those.
Though this movie seemed to fill all the necessary marks of a great comic book hero film, there was one area that it lacked in.
The interactions between Logan and Laura were normally one-sided in dialogue. Laura didn’t actually speak for most of the film, which I think should have been different.
Overall, this small blemish didn’t take away from the greatness of Jackman’s sendoff as Marvel’s best clawed X-Man.