Logan

Logan

(2017)

Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and James Mangold (director of 2013's The Wolverine) are back for the third Wolverine, featuring an older, more broken, Logan than we've seen to date.... More

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 up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.Hide

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In an era when super-heroics dominate the multiplex, Logan manages to offer something unique. For a start, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart have been playing these characters for 17 years now, bringing with them the full weight of that history.... More

Also, Logan is easily the dourest super-hero film in history, surpassing even the Dark Knight trilogy. Characters you’ve seen in previous X-films suited up in spandex and kicking ass are now broken old men, kicking around various dusty locations, looking for an escape. With Jackman and Stewart given material more challenging than the usual comic book biffo, the movie reaches emotional heights previously unseen in the genre.

When superhero films decide to go grim and gritty like this, the outcome can be ludicrously ill-fitting (see last year’s Batman V Superman for a recent example). Logan follows the impulse to its extreme and by compromising nothing, it works. Crucially, character nuance is favoured over whiz-bang set-pieces, and the stakes remain mostly personal.

There are super powers on display but they’re always employed out of desperation. Everyone in Logan is vulnerable, even its previously-invincible hero. The movie is more concerned with the psychological toll of living an endless life, and having pain be a day-to-day part of one's existence (both giving it and receiving it). Logan keeps moving the goalposts with regard to what is acceptable in a comic book film, with relentlessly graphic violence that reaches horror film levels at certain points, but it’s always there to underline the film’s existential concerns.

Logan provides the tough, adult version of Wolverine that fans have been wanting for a long time, and it earns it not just with blood and f-bombs, but by saying a thoughtful goodbye to a long-lived character with real emotional weight. By the end, the film’s perfect, poignant final image feels incredibly well-earned.Hide


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BY lionspaw wannabe

This film is beautifully made with tough and at times excruciating action. But the story is tangible, a tale of each man. We all love the super heros a bit because they seem immortal. This I'd a film about the mortality of these heros. Very worth seeing. The action with the young girl is amazing, and the actors are showing their skills big time.


BY butch181 grader

Dark, gritty, with a western feel to it, Logan is as grounded as a superhero movie can get. Limited use of over the top superpowers, and a limited cast, we are given an emotional ending to Hugh Jackman's 17 year career as Wolverine. Perfect casting, and although admittedly the villains were lacklustre, Jackman and Stewart provided Oscar worthy performances that had the audience full of emotion. It earns it's R-rating, and I'm glad it did, as the film would never have had such a gut-wrenching... More hold of me if they had watered this down.Hide


BY KennethP91 superstar

With Logan you get a bit of everything, it’s hybrid mix of a road trip movie with some elements of a western and let’s not forget the superhero side of it. With Logan being the last portrayal of Hugh Jackman as Logan and Patrick Stewart as Professor X, it is a bittersweet ending to a legacy that will not be forgotten.


BY JackWallace superstar

Logan was really great. Hugh Jackman is perfect as Wolverine and I couldn't see any other actor playing the character as good as he did. Not that you didn't already know that. The action is bloody and visceral. Logan and X-23 slashing enemies and chopping off heads and limbs is beautiful. This is the most unique superhero film I've seen in quite sometime. It's a more character driven story than the previous X-Men films which was refreshing. Logan is the Wolverine movie we've all been waiting... More for. Go see it. Grade: A-Hide


In what may be Hugh Jackman’s final donning of the iconic adamantium claws, James Mangold’s Logan marks the ultimate chapter in the stand-alone wolverine trilogy.
Having played Wolverine for an astounding 17 years, the character fits Hugh Jackman like a knuckle-less glove. However, that is as good as it is bad – the character hasn’t progressed, he’s just older.
Patrick Stewart, on the other hand, manages to bring a welcome freshness to the dementing Charles Xavier. His simply stellar... More performance portrays the much-loved character in a vastly different light, whilst maintaining him in essence.
Finally, Dafne Keen’s performance can only be described as intriguing. It’s difficult to fall in love with her character, or even determine her acting talent, as the 11-year-old killing machine spends the greater part of the film grunting, groaning and goring baddies.
Logan has been praised extensively for its unique premise: in a future where few mutants remain (X-Men: Days of Future Past), a less immortal Logan (The Wolverine) reluctantly protects a young female mutant (X-Men) from a government agency bent on creating their own killer mutants (X-Men 2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine).
However, Logan is much more bloodthirsty and violent than any of its predecessors; although every cut and slash is done purposefully, and for a reason: to mutilate, maim, and murder.
If you’re wanting a superhero film, then Logan is not that film. It’s merely a film that happens to have one person with insane mental abilities, and two others with retractable claws, metal skeletons, and self-regenerating bodies. That, and the same number of super-powered individuals as Captain America: Civil War. But, to be fair, half of the mutant children seem to forget they have these powers anyway. On that note, it seems unfortunate that the vast majority of the film’s mutants won’t be able to watch the film due to age restrictions.
Likewise, Logan is not an action film. Actually, no, it kind of is. It has three major action sequences – including the climax – and some smaller fight scenes throughout. But aside from those negligible details it is essentially a drama. A very bloody drama.
While it may be some time until we get Deadpool vs. Wolverine (if ever), Logan has – for now – topped the class with his rendition of ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.
If indeed this is to be Logan’s last outing, then what better way to end than in a blaze of gory?Hide


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The Press Reviews

  • Not just a great superhero film, it's a great film, period. Full Review

  • Full of juicy surprises. But what impresses most is how, for once, this is a comic-book film that has the guts to wrap things up. Full Review

  • When it comes to playing a properly magnetic anti-hero with a gruff '70s-cinema exterior and a dark reservoir of inner depth, Jackman really is the best at what he does. Full Review

  • Jackman clearly adores the character, and he embraces the chance to essentially reinvent the mutton-chopped slayer for one final hurrah. It's strange to think that this might stand as one of his greatest performances, but so it goes. Full Review

  • Seamlessly melding Marvel mythology with Western mythology, James Mangold has crafted an affectingly stripped-down standalone feature, one that draws its strength from Hugh Jackman's nuanced turn as a reluctant, all but dissipated hero. Full Review

  • The analog pace and elemental story work for it. Each time the violence explodes, it's slashingly satisfying, because it's earned, and also because Mangold knows just how to stage it. Full Review

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