Yesterday I went to go see Logan. By god what a movie it was, I’m going to try my best to review it for you all now! I am going make this spoiler free because I understand a lot of people haven’t seen it yet. There may be an occasional mild spoiler so apologies in advance.
So yesterday me and some friends went to the IMAX in waterloo to go and see Hugh Jackman’s final film as the wolverine. Its safe to say my expectations were pretty high. I (along with many of you) have been waiting for this film for a very long time, so there were many hopes yet worries about this film. I wanted the character to go out on a high, I wanted the final film for Jackman to be satisfying and well its safe to say it didn’t disappoint.
This film truly is magnificent. This film puts Logan at his lowest ebb having lost a lot and having to care for an unwell Charles Xavier (Played once again by Patrick Stewart). What I really enjoyed about this film from the get go is its realism. Now I understand that a man with claws isn’t realistic but that’s not what I mean. What’s realistic about this film is the character’s story and the situations they find themselves in. This film isn’t a typical superhero movie where the world is at stake. Instead it’s the opposite, Wolverine has to protect this young girl who is linked to him in some way. It’s a film about family and really is a new branch out for the superhero genre which is what makes it so special. You don’t have to be a fan of superhero movies to see this film.
Hugh Jackman really does put his all into this film. You can tell he wanted to make sure this was the perfect performance and he excels in this film. You really sympathize with this character we’ve grown to love for the past 17 years! In my opinion this film is Jackman’s best performance as the character by a long shot. I can’t stress enough how good he is, by the end you just want him to carry on and make more! At least I did!
The rest of the cast excel too. In particular Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen. First I’m going to talk about Patrick Stewart. Now he has also played this role for a very long time and he is fantastic in this movie. Stewarts portrayal of professor X is unlike any we have seen before. Instead of the calm professor that has control of everything he is the complete opposite. In this film Charles is extremely vulnerable and it is sad to see. The relationship between Charles and Logan is important and fun yet also sad to see play out during the movie. The relationship between them is very special and that’s what the movie plays with during the movie. Now I have to talk about Dafne Keen as Laura/X-23. She steals this movie. Her character has the same abilities as Logan, and when she gets angry don’t stand in her way. By god she is great and furious. Especially for an actress so young as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her character again in the X-Men universe.
I need to talk about the R-rating for this movie. Thanks to Deadpool being the success it was (and rightly so) the studios felt fit to grant this movie its R-Rating. In simpler terms we were going to get the Wolverine film we have been waiting for! The R-Rating allowed us to see the character at his pure rage. To see him as animalistic and slicing and dicing his enemies was so much fun to see. Especially in moments where nothing would stand in his way. That was extremely fun to see played out finally!
It’s clear that James Mangold – The Director – cares about these characters and stories a lot, this comes through in the film. Not only do we have high octane action sequences, and believe me they really do shine. Especially the third act of this movie has you hooked and on the edge of your seat. We also have more touching moments between these characters that have a lot of meaning as well. The look of this film too is stunning, the cinematography really does shine through.
Now there are slight things I found a little off in this film, not to say they were bad, but for me the villain (Richard E Grant) was a little lack-luster at points. Now he was an interesting villain’s but I felt that he needed to be a bit more menacing. Instead I found Boyd Holbrook’s character of Donald to be quite merciless and more menacing than our main villain. That’s not a bad thing, I just hoped Richard E Grants character stood out more is all. That’s just a small improvement from me though.
Overall through the combined efforts of James Mangold, Hugh Jackman and co they have made a film that really does stand out and shine. As I’ve said many times Hugh Jackman really makes this his best performance and it my opinion a fitting farewell movie for this character. The R rating fits perfectly for this final on screen appearance for Jackman as the Wolverine and honestly I’m sad to see him go. But what better way to go than this movie.
My rating (Based on first viewing) is easily a 9/10.
Well that was my review for Logan! But what did you guys think of the movie?! Did you agree or not?! Why?! Leave a comment below!
Logan is in cinemas globally now.
Thanks for reading guys, most likely my next post is going to be the second part of my Broadchurch review next Monday!