In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursed by dark forces.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen
Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: James Mangold and Scott Frank
There are many elements to the usual superhero movie. Of course there’s plenty of action with some well timed humor. The villains hatch an evil plan, and the heroes eventually put an end to it. Sometimes there’s a little romance thrown in, and maybe even some tragedy. Then along comes a superhero movie with some of those same elements, but with a whole different feel to it. And that movie is “Logan.”
Logan has generally been an intense character, and that might be one of the best ways to describe this movie. The intensity starts right from the beginning with Logan (Hugh Jackman), who’s now a limo driver, being waken by some thugs trying to steal the limo’s rims. He wants to give them a chance to get away, but they push him too far. Out come his claws, and he brutally puts an end to them.
Brutal is another great word to describe the movie, Logan, and a new character, Laura (Dafne Keen). Laura is a young mutant, who happens to have the same abilities as Logan. To no surprise, he didn’t want anything to do with her before finding out what she’s capable of. With the urging of Professor X (Patrick Stewart), they do their best to protect her from the people who created, and want to put an end to her.
However, she doesn’t need as much protection as you might think. She makes good use of her claws just like Logan. Both of them stab people in the head, chest, arms, and legs all movie long. Blood splatters everywhere in vicious action scene after vicious action scene. The group trying to recover Laura has a secret weapon that they unleash on Logan and Laura providing some more terrific fighting.
With all the intensity and brutality, there’s also plenty of seriousness to the story. Two of the audience’s favorite X-Men characters aren't their true selves this time around. Professor X is constantly on medication to help him control what’s left of his power. He still provides his wisdom when he’s not drugged up. Logan is also sick, and the audience is left guessing at what’s wrong with him the entire time. He continues to put up a good fight, but also has his struggles.
The Avenger and X-Men movies put together a good mix story, action, and humor. The previous Wolverine movies did some of the same. “Logan,” on the other hand, has some of the same elements, but feels a whole lot different. The story is so serious, and intense from beginning to end. The fights end in many brutal deaths. And two X-Men favorites are seen in a much lesser state, and have audiences worrying about them the entire time. They still manage to create a terrific new character Laura, who definitely isn’t a sweet little girl. With that, I give this movie 4 stars!