Logan

Logan ★★★★★

"So this is what it feels like..."

A James Mangold film. A Western in Comic clothes. A hero beyond his prime. The final journey.

Logan is first and foremost, a character piece. It's about Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in a place he's never been before; real genuine danger. He doesn't move right, he can't fight like he used to, he can't talk like he used to, the warrior is now a veteran. Roger Ebert once said about the character; 'Why should I care about this guy? He feels no pain and nothing can kill him, so therefore he's essentially a story device for action sequences.' Logan feels almost like a response to the criticism. Beneath his adamantium bones Logan himself is a person just like us, and this is all about him letting go and moving on.

Patrick Stewart comes dangerously close to stealing the show with his performance. The old dog has some new tricks and his older and weaker Charles Xavier never ceases to shock and stun. Heartstrings are tugged and tears are jerked. I won't spoil much but, Stewart delivers his best turn in the wheels yet.

There's some story flaws but ultimately it isn't much about that. Like the Westerns it homages, Logan is about the character and why he's there. We get action galore and relentless chases, but we never lose sight of the meaning. The ending is poignant and abrupt, but matches what we've come to expect.

Mangold's beautifully crafted swansong to the character is a depressing, brutal, cruel and surprisingly touching ride. I shed tears and grinned through mouthfuls of popcorn. It's not perfect, but it's exactly what I wanted. A harsh masterpiece that the superhero genre should never try to recreate. Highly recommended for those who've watched this character for 17 years.

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