Logan Review (SPOILERS)
Directed by James Mangold
Writers: James Mangold, Scott Frank, & Michael Green
Staring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, & Richard E. Grant
Run time: 2 hours 17 minutes.
Logan is the final entry in the Wolverine Trilogy. It is important to reference this movie as a Wolverine movie and not a X-Men movie. Although there a lot of references to the X-Men in this film, in the end, this is a Wolverine movie. It is important to remember that by the time we get to the end of the movie.
The movie begins with getting the adrenaline of the audience up with a quick fight between Logan and some punks trying to steal the rims of the car that he is sleeping in. But this fight shows that we have an older Wolverine who is showing his age. The first round of the fight ends when on of the punks shoots Logan and he goes down. You would think that when that person who just took a shot to the chest stands back up that something is wrong and you would want to get the hell away from them. But no, these punks seem pretty use to people standing back up and proceed to try to beat the guy down.
I guess that it is pretty common for these punks to see a guy to grow three thick blades from his hands and uses them to make shish kabobs out of them. They finally run away after 2/3s of them are dead and in pieces on the ground.
It is here we learn Logan is going by the name of James Howlett and is a chauffeur. The year is 2029 and thanks to a virus, Logan and a few others are the last of worlds known mutants. There have been no new mutants born in the last 30 years. The virus has also weakened Logan as it has caused his healing factor to fail. He is now suffering from the poison given off by the adamantium that is inside his body.
We learn also that the Professor Charles Xavier is slowly losing his mental facilities. For the worlds most powerful telepath, that is not only frightening for him but for us as well when we see one of his mind quakes. It is alluded that that is what killed the main group of X-Men yet it is never actually said what happened to them. The reason is, this is a Wolverine movie, not a X-Men movie. It is also here where the first of the new mutants is introduced, Laura, aka, X-23.
Logan is introduced to his daughter who was created from his biological material. She along with the other children who were created by government groups were meant to be destroyed. Instead, the nurses who over saw them broke them out and are now on the run to a fabled place known as Eden. They are hunted by Zandar Rice and his head of security and leader of the Reavers, Donald Pierce. Rice and Pierce want to round up Laura and her fellow mutants. Unfortunately for them, they can not be controlled. Rice has come up with their replacement who can be, X-24. A clone of Wolverine. So with Charles and Laura, Logan makes a run to the border to a fabled land and to freedom.
James Mangold is the director and one of the writers for Logan. Having directed The Wolverine in 2013, Mangold is very familiar with the character of Logan and of Hugh Jackman. He directed Jackman in 2001’s Kate & Leopold. Mangold’s story of Logan is an age old one of the hero having to go on one last adventure, one last ride so to say. It is a different entry in the file for superhero movies of the modern age. The story gives us the human side of Logan and Xavier. Both men know that this is their last hurrah and it is time to pass the torch to the next generation. Very little green screen and special effects are used in movie, except for the claws and blood (which we get to see a lot of in this movie).
Logan is a story of two men who never really had a family of their own, only one that was made up of friends and outcasts. The story ideas for Logan are drawn from Jackman’s own ideas. The movie is influenced with the graphic novel “Old Man Logan” written by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Filmed around New Mexico, Louisiana, and California, the film captures the spirit of the old, dusty, and dry guard at the beginning of the movie to the green and watery lands of the next generation at the end of the movie.
Logan is the movie that is moving from the past to the future. It is the last apperance of both Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xaiver. It has been said that this will a point used to reboot the series by Fox at some point. The question will be, of which. Logan, as I point, is a Wolverine movie, not a X-Men. It leaves too many questions as to where it fits in with the other movies. Did this happen because of the events of Days of Future Past? Or was it something else that caused the demise of the other X-Men?
It would be a shame to think that they did in Days of Future Past to save mutants to only create another event that would cause the same outcome. Plus somehow this is a world with out Deadpool? Then that must have been one tough virus then.
Last spoiler to give, there are no mid credits or post credits scenes to sit through at the end. You can go home when the credits run and not have to hear about missing something as you go out the door.
3 out of 5 stars.