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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I've watched the X Men films and their spin offs but I must say I'm not that invested in the franchise, it is definitely a sharp departure from those other films, harsher and grittier with a body count to rival John Wick. I'm guessing this is a step in another direction for the franchise, a retirement of sorts for the old characters for to usher in the new, time will tell if this is a successful move or if diehards will revolt. I liked it and deeply saddened also as it seemed so final for those... More much loved characters.Hide


BY Newt superstar

Logan seems to offer the most faithful rendition of X-Men's Wolverine, if the response of its comic book fanbase was anything to go by. Hugh Jackman delivers peak rage levels and the film is bloody and laced with a good measure of profanity - an R16 rating well earned, though it's surprising that the rating wasn't stricter. Comparisons have already been made to The Dark Knight but perhaps that's heaping too much praise. Thematically it is one of the best superhero movies because the subject... More matter carries a serious tone and seems real. Child soldiers, refugee mentality, minority prejudice, difficulties of old age - all very relevant to the world we live in. Hugh Jackman pulls off a gem of a performance which finally sees him play this character, maybe in the best way possible - carrying a hard R rating.Hide


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 lister

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.


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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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