Mrs Earth-Prime and I went to see Logan yesterday afternoon, the much talked about final film for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, bringing to an end his run on a character that started way back in 2000 with the first X-Men film.
Spoilers below the fold so read at your own risk.
It’s a road trip film as Logan and Professor X escort Laura, the child clone of Logan, to a safe haven for mutants, all the while being chased by the Reavers, a group of cybernetically enhanced killers in the pay of Transigen, the company who created Laura. Car chases and mayhem ensue while Logan and Professor X tackle the effects of getting old, in Charles’ case, and being poisoned by the adamantium skeleton in Logan’s. Eventually Logan and Laura find the safe haven – Charles having being killed during the journey – only to be discovered by Transigen and the Reavers, resulting in a big showdown where the bad guys get their just deserts and, while saving Laura, Logan is mortally wounded.
It’s not a bad film . . . but neither does it do anything particularly new, if you ignore the profanity and bloodletting that earned it an R in the States, while over here in the UK that just gets it a 15. And, to be honest, there’s a lot of both – the first word uttered on screen is “fuck” – and we see Logan’s claws not only penetrating bad guys but also exiting as well, often through the head, and always with a digital spurt of blood.
But, like I said, the content is nothing new. Logan begrudgingly comes to terms with caring for Laura but only at the end when it’s too late; he argues incessantly with Charles but you know they love each other; all the bad guys are dealt with by the last act so there’s no loose ends – indeed, Richard E Grant’s chief bad scientist is killed so quickly you’ll miss it if you blink.
Each of the leads does a great job in terms of their performances – both Jackman and Patrick Stewart know their characters inside out by now – and Dafne Keen as Laura was splendid, so I don’t think anyone could be disappointed on that score.
It’s just we all knew it was Jackman’s last Wolverine film; we all knew from the trailers that Logan was getting old and not healing; all of which led inevitably to accepting he was going to die before we went in to the cinema. And while his death – saving a bunch of mutant kids from the bad guys – was noble, it wasn’t surprising.
Like I said, it’s not bad by any means, but it’s not fantastic, either.