Logan – Review

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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.

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2 thoughts on “Logan – Review

  1. So it wasn’t just me. I liked it pretty well, and I thought it was evident everyone involved knew clearly what they wanted to do and did it well. But I’ve been surprised by the level of acclaim. Maybe I’ve watched too many Westerns with a similar theme.

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    1. As time goes on I find myself wondering if I’ve seen too many films as it takes a lot to surprise me, these days.

      Or maybe Hollywood is just doing the same old thing, over and over again?

      More likely a combination of both.

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