“Logan”, the tenth film in the X-Men series and the third and final based solely on the character James Logan Howlett, or better known as Wolverine, was released early March this year. After watching the movie, it is easy to see why people everywhere are calling it the next “Dark Knight”.
Focusing on Logan after his prime, the film depicts him as an alcoholic chauffeur, living near the US-Mexico border in an abandoned smelting plant with Charles Xavier, or better known as Professor X, and a mutant tracker named Caliban. Xavier has developed a neurodegenerative disease due to old age, and combined with his mutant powers of telepathy, the effects of the illness are disastrous to him and those nearby. When a nurse from a biotechnology corporation located in Mexico contacts Logan, begging him to help her and an escaped experiment, a child Laura who has similar mutations as him, he is faced with one of the most difficult decisions of his life.
What makes the film so great isn’t the elaborate action sequences, but instead the emotional journey Logan embarks on throughout the film. He is depicted far past his prime, and his adamantium-infused claws are slowly poisoning him, and affecting his advanced ability to heal. Almost all mutants have been wiped off the face of the earth or are in hiding, and to protect Laura, who is being relentlessly tracked by the organization that created her, Logan and Xavier fight against all odds.
If you’re looking for a feel-good movie, this isn’t it. Out of all the X-Men movies, it is by far the most grim, and Logan is portrayed as a deeply conflicted character. He has always been thought of as an anti-hero, and in the final film, we delve deeper into his psyche than ever before. But, “Logan” was the perfect conclusion to a character who has dealt with conflict his entire life. Hugh Jackman channels his best performance as the Wolverine, and the most emotional. For someone considered a superhero, you see just how unheroic and human Logan can be.
The first X-Men movie with an R rating, the strong dialogue compliments the darker theme of the film, and makes it one of the most realistic of all the franchise. Coupled with a strong performance by Patrick Stewart, who plays Professor X, and Dafne Keen, who plays Laura, Logan has a very likable leading cast with strong chemistry. It will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time, and the plot twists throughout leave you shocked. It was the best send-off possible for the Wolverine, and his last chapter concludes giving this “mutant” a true touch of humanity.