Logan

LOGAN (15)

D: James Mangold

20th Century Fox/Marvel/TSG (Hutch Parker, Simon Kinberg & Lauren Shuler-Donner)

US 2017

137 mins


Science Fiction/Action/Adventure


W: Scott Frank, James Mangold & Michael Green [based on characters created by Stan Lee & the story "Wolverine" created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein & John Romita, Jr.]

DP: John Mathieson

Ed: Michael McCusker & Dirk Westervelt

Mus: Marco Beltrami


Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine),  Patrick Stewart (Prof. Charles Xavier), Boyd Holbrook (Donald Pierce), Stephen Merchant (Caliban), Richard E. Grant (Zander Rice), Dafne Keen (Laura Kinney)


Following on from Deadpool's example, Logan injects a little more violence than what the audience is accustomed to into the X-Men universe, though without the comic relief that gave Deadpool some enchantment this makes for quite a grim addition to the superhero genre.

Set in 2029, where the day of the mutant has become a part of history. Logan (Wolverine) no longer has the healing capabilities he once did, and spends his days working as a limo driver and caring for an aged Professor Xavier, whose own superhero capabilities are more destructive than they are useful. 

Logan is approached by a strange Mexican woman with a young girl companion, asking for his help to take them both across the Canadian border, but she is murdered before he undertakes the job.  Logan takes the girl, who has mutant capabilities of her own, under his own wing to keep her safe from the antagonists on their trail.

Upping the body count and playing down the fantasy element, this attempts to take the superhero movie into a more serious genre, and whether or not it's appreciated for doing that is completely subjective to the viewer.

It does bring some closure to Hugh Jackman playing the character after two decades and it goes without saying that Logan is much better than the other solo Wolverine projects (X-Men Origins: Wolverine & The Wolverine) and begs the question why studios waited for Deadpool to be fly or fall as a maturely marketed superhero movie before taking a chance with this.

7/10


Dafne Keen & Hugh Jackman in Logan
Dafne Keen & Hugh Jackman in Logan