Film review by Steve Duffy –
It’s 2029. Mutants are gone–or very nearly so. An isolated, despondent Logan (Hugh Jackman) is drinking his days away in a hideout on a remote stretch of the Mexican border, picking up petty cash as a driver for hire. His companions in exile are the outcast Caliban (Stephen Merchant) and an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart), whose singular mind is plagued by worsening seizures. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy abruptly end when a mysterious woman appears with an urgent request–that Logan shepherd an extraordinary young girl to safety. Soon, the claws come out as Logan must face off against dark forces and a villain from his own past on a live-or-die mission, one that will set the time-worn warrior on a path toward fulfilling his destiny.
Jackman has not only given us the Wolverine film we have been waiting 17 years for, he has also give us an unapologetic intense swan song that will leave fans sad to see him go.
Stewart role takes a final turn and he delivers a powerful and heartbreaking performance.
Newcomer Dafne Keen does a great job as Logan’s charge Laura (or X-23), her relationship with Logan is the theme of the entire film. She definitely holds her own against Jackman.
Be prepared because the violence in this film is raw, brutal, and unforgiving. There are also some funny and tender moments between Logan, Professor X, and Laura that reminds them of what a normal life is.
The villains of the film could have been a little fiercer. Boyd Holbrook is fun, but his character Donald Pierce is thin. Richard E. Grant’s character is wasted in the film, especially since his father was killed by Logan in “X-Men: Apocalypse.” There should have been more of a story line connecting back to that.
Logan is unlike any other superhero movie you have watched from the Marvel universe.
Rating: R for strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity
Runtime: 135 minutes