Spring is when movies come to die. All the Oscar-worthy movies have already been released, and summer blockbusters are just beginning to show their trailers. However, during the margin, there are a few movies that throw a curveball at the audience. Some adult-oriented movies take advantage of this time-period and end up being unexpectedly excellent.
Last year, there was Deadpool. The year before that, we had Kingsman: the Secret Service. This year, it seems like Logan, the newest X-Men Wolverine movie, is the winner of the spring movie drought.
Granted, Logan was more anticipated than the aforementioned movies. It is the last the moviegoers will ever see Hugh Jackman reprise his role as Logan, or more commonly known as Wolverine. During his nine films as the character, Jackman has been beloved as the most perfect embodiment of a comic book superhero on the silver screen.
Logan is the perfect movie to end Jackman’s seventeen year journey.
The movie sets its tone from the get-go. In the very first action scene, audiences see aged Wolverine struggling to fight off just a few bandits. He is no longer the superhero in a spandex suit who can defeat anyone in his way, but an “Old Man Logan,” as the title of the adapted comic suggests. At the same time, the realistic, gritty, and bloody action sets the movie apart from its predecessors and justifies the 18A rating.
The movie sets place in the near future, when Logan and Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) are the only mutants left – until they discover the identity of Laura (Dafne Keen), a girl genetically experimented on to become a mutant created with Logan’s genes.
The rest of the movie centers around their journey towards “Eden,” a supposed safe haven for genetically modified children like Laura. While Logan was simply hired by Laura’s late guardian in the beginning, he eventually forms a father-daughter bond with her. He is also coping with his immortality. His invincibility is now dying down, and he is witnessing his now elderly and frail father-figure, Charles, struggle through the final moments of his life.
While there are notable action sequences and beautifully choreographed close-combat scenes using Logan and Laura’s iconic claws, the movie is a relatively slow paced movie for a superhero action flick. In fact, it shares more similarities to a Western, centering around a road trip through a desert. However, this works in favour as the audience are given plenty of time to soak in the emotional arc of the character Logan, who is more human and mortal than ever.
Through the past seventeen years, Hugh Jackman too has grown with the character. He gives a performance no other actor could have managed. He perfectly captures the last days of a man who is well past his days of glory. In the movie created just for Wolverine, Jackman gives it justice and his final performance deeply resonates with the audience.
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is a portrayal we thought would be impossible to part ways with. If there is a movie to do it, however, it is Logan – it gives the character well-deserved respect, making it a perfect closing and release of the cinematic icon.
*This film is rated 18A. If you are under the age of 18, an adult supervisor must accompany you in the theatre.