Logan

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Logan

In what may be his final film as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman takes it deeper and darker in an appropriately apocalyptic superhero movie

America lies on the brink of ruin in this bleak and bruising comic-book road movie. It’s 2029 and Logan aka James Howlett aka The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is working as a limo driver in El Paso, Texas, occasionally hopping over the Mexican border to deliver much-needed pharmaceuticals to his Alzheimer's-stricken former mentor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). The mutant race has been all but wiped out thanks to a combination of shady government interference and Charles's own inability to control his powers. But when Logan is tasked with looking after Laura (Dafne Keen), the first mutant child born in decades, he's forced to make a decision: keep running, or gear up for one final stand.

Jackman has repeatedly suggested that 'Logan' will mark his farewell to a character he's been tied to for 17 years and seven films. If so, it's a fitting swansong: in stark contrast to most Marvel movies, particularly last year's peppy but pointless 'X-Men: Apocalypse', this feels more like a wake than a party. The colours are muted, all rust-red and glowering grey, and the themes are weighty: loss, ageing and deep, almost unbearable regret. We're never given a full picture of how the world got so messed up, just glimpses of institutional brutality and corporate power, of ordinary people ground under the heel of an increasingly uncaring system. Given that the film went into production well before the earth-shaking events of November 2016, it all feels frighteningly prescient.

It's also, with the arguable exception of 'Watchmen', the most unremittingly violent superhero movie to date: throats are torn out, skulls shattered and limbs sliced as Logan and Laura cut a bloody course through the American heartland, on the trail of a mutant sanctuary that may not even exist. Jackman is all growl and gristle, the character's lovable grouchiness turned to outright rage. But Stewart is the film's faltering heart, as a man reeling from the destruction of everything he worked a lifetime to build.

The beat-em-up finale is frustratingly illogical, offering nothing we haven't already seen. The script can be heavy-handed, too, cementing its neo-western credentials by incorporating Alan Ladd's iconic farewell speech from the 1950s western 'Shane', twice. But overall, 'Logan' is something rather special: a moving and mournful story of life at the end of the line, and the perfect blockbuster for these embittered times.

Release details

Rated:
12A
Release date:
Friday March 3 2017
Duration:
135 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
James Mangold
Cast:
Hugh Jackman
Patrick Stewart
Dafne Keen

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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Tastemaker

I've got a bit of a love going on for a) X-men in general and b) Hugh Jackman so this was a must-see of course. Some of it I loved, and other bits not so much. Patrick Stewart as a doddering old man just didn't work. Realistically he's not old enough and it just doesn't seem authentic. 


The little girl is very good at 'mood face' and there are some kickass (gruesome) fight scenes. Some quite sweet moments. In a nutshell, it was a-ok and is good material for a lazy Sunday afternoon at home. 


Tastemaker

Wolverine's final moments are capture here with an action movie that also shows a lot of warmth and things we've never seen form the X-Men characters. Charles Xavier acting like a child and swearing like a trooper as he's medically castrated from using his powers, Logan losing his regenerative abilities thanks to the Adamantium that forms his skeleton and a feral girl with the same powers all make this intriguing and very watchable. It's also incredibly violent. People die in this movie in very stabby ways! Stephen Merchant doesn't convince me in his role, that Bristolian accent isn't just seems like a weird fit! 

tastemaker

I'm so pleased that Hugh Jackman's Wolverine got the send-off that he truly deserved.


First off - I never understood why the first film got so much bullying. I don't know if it was as true as it needed to be to the origin story (at that point I wasn't yet a total Marvel nerd), but to me it felt action-packed, touching, well-delivered and, well, Hugh Jackman had clearly found his calling. Okay, okay, they turned Deadpool into a horrific shit show, but Ryan Reynolds was STILL good. So hush your mouth.


Then came the second film which was a total disaster. So much so I only have vague memories - selective memory - of some Japanese storyline, sword fights, jumping on roofs and Logan, as usual, waking up in some weird hotel room. (Wait, was that the last X-men film? Darn)


And then along comes Logan - a touching, human story of a mutant who outlives everyone he loves and carries the burden of 100 men. His whole appearance, facial expressions and body language are perfect the whole way through. It's a sad, heartbreaking sight and we actually agree with the villan when he says 'Seeing you like this, Logan, well... it breaks my heart.'


Yes, the baddie is useless and so is his army as always. But there are cool mutant children, lots of side characters, we get to see Professor X with hair, and yes, tiny Wolverine is deffo our new Eleven. Although I prefer her when she doesn't speak. (Both cases actually). But every aspect of this film has been done to the level of perfection that the hero deserves, and I'm so happy to see a well-rounded ending to the Wolverine.


I'm going to miss Logan.

tastemaker

Until recently, I hadn't even seen any of the X-men films (or at least didn't remember watching any), but my partner in crime convinced me to give them a chance, so we binge-watched them all and I absolutely loved them. So you can understand my excitement when I heard there is a new film about Logan. Unfortunately, this one wasn't as good as the rest of them (in my humble opinion), but is still OK and worth watching if you're a fan. 

For the non-X-men fans, you can give this one a miss.

Tastemaker

As a big fan of the comic and Wolverine as a character, there was a lot of expectation for this film. I can say it definitely lived up to all my expectations. It was gripping and the story flowed along at a great pace. Barely felt like I was in the cinema. Sad that Hugh Jackman is going to leave the series (can't imagine who else could play wolverine...) but this was a good way to let him phase out of the character. Highly recommend watching this!

tastemaker

Not as groundbreaking as you would be led to believe, it's essentially the Creed storyline with mutants and a slight Western theme. That being said, it's a very good superhero movie and a fitting (alleged) finale for Hugh Jackman. He is exceptional as the jaded, reluctant hero and Patrick Stewart is Patrick Stewart-ing as well as ever

tastemaker

Well it was nothing if not long... too long. It did start to drag I am afraid. Also please explain to me the attraction in going to watch a superhero film where the superhero loses their powers? One of the reasons, if not the only reason to watch such a film is to see a favourite character exhibit traits which make them so much 'better' than us... take those away and they are just buffed up versions of 'us'! Sorry but it doesn't do anything for me. If I go to see Wolverine then I want to see Wolverine do his stuff and not hobble around with the assistance of a Zimmer-frame. 


But I did like the end, it gives you closure. And that was a bit of a surprise. But wow the end was quite a long journey.

tastemaker

'Logan' really stretches the concept of superhero movie into a new shape. It's gritty and dark, not without humour, but definitely without sympathy for the history of the X-Men franchise. I loved the plot, and didn't mind the violence - it was absolutely right for the tone of the film. The only frustrating thing was the questions that get raised about what happened to the X-Men universe in the gap between films. I wanted to know more.

Tastemakertastemaker

One of the few Xmen films that seemed to have some kind of story arch - rather than just a series of fight scenes.  It was clear from press releases beforehand that this was likely to be the last from both Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman (which I have been wondering as Wolverine is supposed to be a character that never ages).


Not to say there weren't some good fight scenes that we've come to expect from Marvel - there are definitely a few surprisingly brutal parts.  You probably do need a bit of the backstory to be able to watch this film, so if you've not watched a single xmen be warned you probably won't follow every thread.

tastemaker

As a fan of all the X-Men movies I suspected this one was going to be a rather emotional viewing experience and it was. However I did find this film rather more violent and gory compared to the previous ones – be prepared for a couple of beheadings. I felt it was X-Men crossed with Terminator 2. It was fab to see Hugh Jackman andPatrick Stewart on amazing form as was newcomer Dafne Keen. It was a completely different feel and direction for a X-Men movie with the focus on a few key characters opposed to the usual shoe horning of the whole X-Men tribe. Check it out. 

Staff Writer

I have so many intense emotions about this film. It's a complete departure in tone from previous comic book films but it didn't lose its ties to the other X-Men world films. It was incredible. Brutal. Dark. Funny. Moving. It was more like a western than it was a traditional Marvel film and I loved it. It's rekindled a teenage crush in Jackman for me and though I'm sad that there won't be anymore Wolverine films, I am excited about where this universe can and will go. I honestly can't wait to watch this again.

Tastemaker

As an X-men childhood fan I had to buy a ticket for this film and I wasn't disappointed - I loved it!

This is probably the last Hugh Jackman film as the legendary Wolverine and I think he gave an outstanding performance. The story line is based in the future with an old wolverine and a slowly deteriorating professor Xavier and this gives a very father/son structure to the film.

If you are a fan I promise you won't be disappointed.

tastemaker

Although a change to an interestingly darker Wolverine movie, I found it just had a bit too much blood and guts. I liked the premise and the acting was as good as any xmen film but the girl's grunts get a little annoying towards the end...

tastemaker

The tenth instalment in the X Men film series and by far the best Wolverine film, this is all action, get ready for an intense non stop few hours of entertainment. The brits are dominating with phenomenal performances from Patrick Stewart and Richard E Grant.  

The killing is full on and if you are not into seeing multiple claw slashing you may want to give this one a miss.

Dafne Keen who plays the young mutant X-23 steels the show and her action scenes are complementing, so brutal you can't stop watching. 

tastemaker

Logan is nothing like any modern superhero movie in fact, to its huge credit, it’s definitely more of a western/road movie. It’s so refreshing seeing a significant change from any other marvel/dc movie - Logo completely avoids an clichés, out of place cameos or even a credits sting.

It oddly even has a similar thematic feel as T2 Trainspotting - with the lead characters having to face the reality of age and inevitability. It’s poignant, affecting and sad and the young female lead Dafne Keen gives a great, understated central performance that really helps guide the narrative.

A fitting swan song and hopefully the studios will feel more confident now in making these kind of story-led superhero movies.

Tastemaker

I'm not into Marvel films so wasn't particularly looking forward to this.  I got the impression that you probably needed to have seen some of the others to know some of what was going on.  Who was the old bloke he was looking after and why did everything go shaky when he needed his medicine.


There was too much claws out and killing people for me, but the actual storyline was quite good about the young mutants.  Had the film been  bit shorter and a bit less mindless violence, then I would have enjoyed it more.


They say this will be Hugh Jackman's last film as Wolverine, I hope so, as there are far too many Marvel films.

Tastemaker

A fitting end to the Wolverine trilogy, this was a gritty intense ride.. but well worth it. Hugh Jackman is absolutely fantastic as always, the true star of the show. In a way you don’t need to have seen the other movies to enjoy this one, although of course it helps for a bit of back story.


A lot darker than the original X Men films, however in my opinion it’s what was needed. A great finale to Wolverine’s story. I just hope they don’t ruin it by making more!

tastemaker

A cracker of a final curtain call for Hugh Jackman's fabulous portrayal of one of Marvel's most iconic characters. The film is less 'comic book movie' than it is a Western. Think 'Hell or High Water' meets 'Little Miss Sunshine' but with mutants, a lot of gore & swearing. 

tastemaker

Wolverine has never been a favourite of mine but Logan definitely ended the trilogy and Jackman's reign on the violent note we've been waiting for!


I love all things Marvel and so it is very difficult for any of the films to really ever disappoint (the F4 remake is a huge exception). However, I have never been a Wolverine-addict like most Xmen fans seem to be; the Xmen traverse a whole spectrum of political and social issues that resonate with me and there are a number of mutant characters that I think deserve and would smash some on-screen love over Wolverine. Add to that, that the first two standalone films in his trilogy weren't anything special, and I went in with no expectations. 


Whilst it didn't fully convert me, Logan finally delivered the violent, gruesome and expletive Wolverine we know from the comics. Following on from Deadpool's success, Fox must have finally cottoned onto the fact that R-Rated films do in fact sell and this was cleverly executed in this film. There was a nice and welcome nod to the earlier cast and storylines but I would have perhaps liked a little more focus on the New Mutants although, with their own film coming up over the next few years, Logan has set the stage up well for their own story.


All in all, Logan was a refreshing Xmen franchise edition but I think we'd all agree we long for the day that the rights to these characters revert back to Marvel Studios so they can be properly developed and integrated into the wider complex universe they have cleverly fostered. I mean don't you want a yellow spandex-donning angry Wolverine running into battle alongside the Avengers? Now that'd be awesome!

tastemaker

It's a very long movie and it does keep you captivated. I'm a great fan of all X-Men movies but this is not my favourite from the series. I think they went out of the initial concept when mutants were protecting themselves but they weren't violent by default. They are supposed to embrace their power, instead they looked like little terminators. In this movie, the mutant children are too angry and and too brutal. Hugh Jackman is excellent though and I did enjoy the movie overall. 

tastemaker

If you are an X-men (or generally Hugh Jackman) fan then this is a must-see as it's full of action, surprises and a lot of emotion. I wasn't expecting to be thrown into a pit of brutality, blood and action straight off the bat but this film doesn't wait a second to start. Without ruining the plot and building this film up too much, all I must say is go see Logan, not too late as it is a long film, and see what your verdict is. This film seems to be directed very differently compared to X-men films so you will be in for a surprise...enjoy.


Bleak, brutal and brilliant. Fitting swansong for Wolverine. By a big margin this is the best of the standalone Wolverine movies. Several superb set pieces with fine acting throughout. Heavily influenced by the western Shane in its storyline. Cinematic must see

Tastemaker

We went to the 22.23 showing of this last night (I'm tired now!), to see this highly anticipated film, and it didn't disappoint. Hugh Jackman was fantastic as always, as the young Spanish actress was also fantastic. A sad ending, and parts throughout the film, but worth seeing.