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Sam’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Films are supposed to make you feel something. Whether that feeling be happiness, sadness, anger or something else entirely, a film is meant to make you feel something. Logan made me feel a way I haven't felt in a very, very long time.
The film as a whole is a wonderful masterpiece and everything I could have ever wanted from a Wolverine film, but the last 15-20 minutes in particular take this film from being a masterpiece to a timeless classic.
The theme of family is prevalent throughout the film, with Laura being Logan's 'daughter' and all. There's a part of the film where the three of them (Logan, Laura and Charles) are staying at the home of a family they had helped out earlier on in the film. Charles talks to Logan about how this is what life is about, being apart of a family. In the classic Charles way, he tells Logan that he should give this style of life a try and see what it feels like.
In the very final moments of the film, Logan has been defeated by a clone who is a shell of his younger self, filled with rage and only rage. Logan is close death at this point. Laura sits with him, upset as you'd expect her to be, trying to comfort him. Logan says a few words, and then Laura, while crying, calls him "daddy". Logan replies with "so this is what it feels like", and then he passes away with a smile on his face. He died, with his family, a happy man.
The children bury him, and Laura gives a small speech. Once the speech is over, the leader of this small group of mutants mentions how they should leave and start to head away. The other children follow him, but Laura stays behind for one small moment which was the nail in the coffin for me. She walks over to the cross they'd put at the top of his grave (made out of some sticks from the forest), takes it out and places it on its side so it makes an 'X'. The final shot of the film is a close up of this 'X', signalling the end of an era, the end of one of greatest roles ever and the end of a character which has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. I haven't cried like I cried as the screen faded to black in a very long time. Thank you James Mangold, for creating a piece of art like no other, and thank you to Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman for playing these icons for the duration of my life. You both truly got the send off you deserve.