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“The world is not the same as it was, Charles. Mutants… they’re gone now.” – Logan.
It is 2029, the X-Men have disbanded and there hasn’t been a mutant born in over 20 years. It would appear that, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor-sharp claws and telepathic powers are over. Logan, whose self-healing power is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. In a hideout near the Mexican border, the aging Wolverine cares for the ailing Professor X, struggling to survive financially. Struggling to survive in general. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are ended when, Laura, a young mutant, arrives and needs their help to stay safe as she is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation.
The third and final Wolverine film. It’s the end of an era, but what a way to go out! Guns blazing, claws slashing, foul language and brutal killings galore. This is by far the best standalone Wolverine film. It’s also surprisingly emotional for a superhero film, but then again, it’s not really a superhero film. It’s more of a character film about people struggling to survive in the modern world, who just happen to be superheroes. In many ways its devastating to see Wolverine and more in particular Professor X in such bad conditions, but at the same time it is fascinating and endearing watching them struggle together.
Logan takes mild inspiration from the graphic novel Old Man Logan, by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Have you ever read Old Man Logan? For a well revered comic I thought it was utter trash if I’m honest. It’s all over the place and just comes across as incredibly daft. Maybe it’s just because I don’t like huge cross over comics with characters from what (in my opinion) should be different universes meeting. They always become big old messes and a lore disaster in my opinion. Thankfully, Logan only takes inspiration from its source but took its own and improved pathway to telling a similar but ultimately different story.
For the first time, Wolverine is truly vulnerable. He’s far more human than ever before. Which makes his plight far more meaningful to be a part of. It’s not just the history of the franchise that makes this story so compelling. Hugh Jackman has been playing Wolverine for 17 years, he’s appeared in every film and has been a huge part of the majorities story arcs. The same can be said for Professor X, who is once again wonderfully played by Patrick Stuart. The chemistry between the pair shows every bit of history the two have shared and it creates some very touching moments as well as a few incredibly sad ones too.
Arguably this final film is the best in the X-Men franchises history. While you could say that Days of Future Past is more fun and equally more important, to the franchise, in fixing the disjointed timelines but this is so much more personal. Logan isn’t just a great superhero movie, it’s a great movie.
Ultimately there is so much I want to discuss regarding this film that will unfortunately lead into spoilers, which I don’t want to mention for obvious reasons. So all I can say is that if you’re a fan of superhero films, X-Men or Wolverine go and watch this film. You’ll really enjoy it.