It’s been 17 years, since we were first introduced (on-screen) to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the X-Men movies. He has since become one of the most iconic characters in the superhero genre and is undoubtedly the role that kick-started Jackman’s career. However, after two sub-par solo outings, (one which was unspeakably bad), we now get the adult interpretation of Wolverine that fans have been clamouring for. Based loosely on the famous Old Man Logan graphic novel, Logan joins the ranks of The Dark Knight trilogy, Captain America: Civil War and Deadpool as the very best of the superhero genre.
The film follows an ageing Logan, who is working as a limo driver while also secretly looking after a dying Professor X, along with fellow mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant). However, things get complicated when Logan reluctantly gets involved with a young girl named Laura, who is being pursued by the villainous Donald Pierce (Narcos’ Boyd Holbrook).
Unlike many superhero films, Logan is first and foremost a character piece about a broken and weary man, trying to hold on to what he has left. However, when the action arrives, and it is VERY violent, it comes down hard. There is plenty of bloodshed and more than a few decapitated heads. It’s Wolverine at his most savage and vulnerable, and it’s glorious. The acting is terrific across the board, with Jackman and Patrick Stewart giving career-best performances and the young Dafne Keen nearly stealing the show, despite having very little dialogue.
Logan is the Wolverine movie we’ve all been waiting for, and sets the bar high for future superhero films. A wonderful send-off for a fantastic character.