It’s 2029. Mutants are nearly gone. A bitter and broken Logan is drinking his days away at a hideout in Mexico, picking up cash as a driver for hire. His companions are the vampire like outcast Caliban and a weakened Professor X, whose powerful mind is dulled by seizures. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world halt when a mysterious woman appears with a request. She pays Logan to shepherd a young mutant girl to safety. Soon, the blades come out as Logan must face off against dark forces and a villain from his own past.
Right out of the gate, this is the way a film with this famous and well loved character should have been years ago. He has blades that come out of his fists and slice flesh. There is going to be a mess made. Now, after the R-rated raunchy success of Deadpool, Fox finally gave the greenlight to a well made character film. If this were made twenty years ago, it could have been Mel Gibson or even Clint Eastwood, throwing on the spurs, or claws, one last time for one last fight.
I’ve always thought Wolverine was an interesting character, and I’ve only read a few comics with him in the story. But his violence usually ends up with a bloody body count in those stories. Along with John Wick, this is an action film renaissance. But there is so much more to this film. The character that actor Hugh Jackman has portrayed for nearly twenty years gets a chance to reflect, and he has said this is his last film as the character. He has had enough, and this film is a sad emotional send off. Roger Moore played James Bond about three films too many, and in hindsight, Jackman may be sensing that it is time to move on. I am not going to lie, I shed a few tears at several points in the film. James Mangold has done an amazing job, and the film will be the finest of the bunch.
Also of note, is Patrick Stewart as Xavier, a role he has played nearly as much as Jackman has played Wolverine; he gives a charming and warm performance. The film echoes some of the past while looking to the future with new mutants in place. Stewart has already passed the baton to James McAvoy, as Ian McKellen has done to Michael Fassbender in the iconic role of Magneto.
This is a solid film, and one that should be seen. I was really excited when I saw the trailer, and the film did above and beyond my expectations. As far as the X-Men films go, and their confusing timelines, they can all be discarded. Logan works on its own, and is easily my favorite of them all. One of the best films of the genre, hands down. See it right away!