Logan ★★★★★

"This is what life looks like: people love each other. You should take a moment... feel it. You still have time."

Directed by James Mangold.
Certificate: 15 for strong bloody violence, strong language.
Runtime: 138mins.
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Stephen Merchant, Boyd Holbrook.

Loganis the much anticipated follow-up to its predessor, James Mangold's 2013 blockbuster "The Wolverine". And the stakes have changed drastically. Logan is suffering with Adamantium poisoning, and Charles has Alzheimers, but has seizures that have the potential to kill people. Living in El Paso with Albino mutant Caliban, Logan soon learns that a young mutant called Laura or X-23, needs help from Charles and Logan especially as the villianous Donald Pierce is after her.

Now, let's just start by saying this. Logan is raw, profane, gritty, brutal and bloody. And that is what gives this film an edge and also a marketing factor, James Mangold fully takes the 15 or R rating with gratitude and makes a film that Wolverine fans have been waiting to see for so long, a obscenely profane, brutal, violent ending to a long 17 years. And i'm delighted to say, it's a hit.

Mangold's direction here is sublime. It's especially effective within the violence, which scenes are rapidly edited and the camera is in motion with character. A very up and close affair. And the attention to detail was brilliant, each scene has their own little moment, and Mangold's fluent, fast paced thrilling direction made me appreciate the film more than i should have in all honesty. It's beautiful, and amazing to see on screen.

Hugh Jackman as per, is ever-so great at flaunting the attitude and delivering the quips, the f bombs, the regret, the sadness that Logan posseses. He was excellent, and this film was such a fitting swansong to his departure, the fact he took a pay cut just to ensure the R/15 rating for the true fans just shows how much dedication and love he has for the character and the undeniable passion he feels for Logan and giving the fans what they want was important. 17 years he's played the three clawed mutant for now, and his last ride was arguably his best performance i've seen from him since Les Miserables.

Patrick Stewart was also fantastic. I could see the vulnerability in his eyes, every time he spoke, and the deliverence on the profanity from his part was messy in some places but for the most-part absolutely spot on. Emotionally charged energy from Stewart surged into the core of the film, and the relationship between Xavier, Logan and Laura was amazing. Like a family coming together, it was so harmonic and moving.

Now onto one of the best things about Logan, Dafne Keen as Laura or X-23. This was her first ever film role, and at 11 years old she really makes a name for herself. To have that in you, that tenacity, that audacious attitude is brilliant, and here she shows that off perfectly.

The relationship between her and Logan was outstanding, a real father-daughter chemistry was there, and this film really explained the rather difficult relationship between them brilliantly. It's all about the bridge, Logan discovering X-23 is his daughter and being dazed and confused, to the end where he realises this is his daughter and will protect her no matter what the fatal odds are. That right there, was a beautiful moment for me, and again made me like this film a lot more.

Two minor (ish) characters were Boyd Holbrook's Donald Pierce and Stephan Merchant's Caliban. In which both were fairly interesting characters and had some great moments in the film. Pierce was a snappy, cocky villian who has clear intention, and Holbrook displayed that wit very well, everything that came out of his mouth was like gold dust. Caliban was a fragile, secretive mutant who cared for everyone, which was sweet and Merchant gave a really good performance in it as opposed to his natural state as a fairly mediocre comedian.

One thing this film really surprised me with, was the emotional grit of it all. Three or four scenes had me welled up with tears, and one particular scene completely broke me to pieces. From the overall story, to the minimalistic, soothing but intense when it needs to be score from Marco Beltrami, to the use of Johnny Cash's "The Man comes Around" as the end credits roll and to the lines spoken between characters that struck a nerve, and one in particular which was taken from the western Shane was "There aren't any more guns in the valley" and when you see the film, you will understand the importance and significance it has on the film's finale and as a whole.

Logan was everything i could have hoped for, and a beautiful yet soul crushing send-off for Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart.

This is how to do a comic-book film, even though it's more of a western/thriller/scifi it is still the correct way to do it.

Thank you for 17 wonderful years, Hugh.

Thank you to everyone who made this, and took the time, the strength and the courage to make this film what it is, a beautiful send-off for one of the most beloved comicbook and film characters of all time.

It's not often a film leaves you so emotionally floored that you start to want to live your life to the full and experience as much as you can. It teaches a very important lesson that you can't always get what you want, but embrace the things you have whilst you have it. Because everything goes away in the end.

You still have time.

I finish this review with a heavy heart, and leave with these lyrics.

What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt


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