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 pursued by dark forces.
What We Thought:
With Logan being Rated R I thought we’d finally get the Wolverine film fans deserved. Instead we got an X-23 prequel. There’s some good violence with the R-rating, but the action was few and far between.
The film opens great. An older, run down Logan just destroys some guys who are trying to steal the wheels off his limo. The film is in the future with Logan not able to heal as easily as before. He’s hard living, hard-drinking and hiding Professor X from the world. They hint at what has happened to the world and the mutants, but they don’t quite give the full story. I was digging the film at this point.
Then comes the young girl who is a science experiment made from Logan. She’s X-23, little Laura. She has similar claws to Logan and even a new trick, claws in her feet! How precious. Now it’s up to Logan and Professor X to protect her from the bad guys looking for her.
So instead of going out with a bang, it’s Hugh Jackman’s last time playing the character, Logan is turned into a babysitter for a little Mexican girl who will ultimately become the face of Wolverine in future movies (Jimmy Mangold has already said he wants to do an X-23 film in the future). Instead of a balls to the wall Wolverine flick, we get a road trip movie with the occasional action scene. Everyone else is going crazy over the movie, but I say no thank you.
This is not the movie I wanted. I knew going into it it would be the last time we saw Jackman as Weapon X and I wanted a great Wolverine film. I got a film, great direction, great coloring, but no real Wolverine. When he’s allowed to let loose, Jackman finally gets to annihilate people in the violence I love about the character. We finally get to see his claws demolish people and rip through heads and other body parts. But then it’s time to hit the road again with the annoying girl hitting the lock button over and over again.
That’s the worst part, the fight sequences in it are truly amazing. I’m not surprised because of who did the fight choreography, but it just wasn’t enough to me. I finally got to see Wolverine do some nasty stuff while dropping f-bombs and drinking booze and you turn him into a babysitter? I won’t spoil anything, but you can probably figure out what happens by the end. And at that part I had zero emotional response to that scene. None. That’s not good.
Everyone else is losing their minds over Logan. I only know of one other person who didn’t like it. He, like me, has always loved the character. It was his favorite character growing up, long before the movies. Neither one of us liked what they did to our favorite character especially when they had the potential to do him justice once and for all. Instead of going with a straight Old Man Logan story, they took pieces of that, mixed it with an X-23 story and used this film as a launching off point for Laura and the other kid mutants. I repeat, no thank you.
Cast & Crew:
- Hugh Jackman
- Patrick Stewart
- Richard E. Grant
- Boyd Holbrook
- Stephen Merchant
- Dafne Keen
- Director James Mangold
Recommended If You Like:
- The Wolverine
- Comic Book Movies
- Hugh Jackman