The much-anticipated and fully grown up Wolverine film is finally here, and it’s a goody; think Midnight Special meets Unforgiven.
Logan presents us with a much older Wolverine in the year 2029 where he’s looking after an aging Professor X. With most mutants now gone, our X-Men odd couple, along with fellow mutant Caliban are hiding out in the Mexican desert. A hard-faced hard drinking Logan works as a chauffeur in order to finance their escape and buy medicine for a sickly Charles Xavier. However, before they can make their escape a mysterious women and young girl track down our former X-Men hero and ask for his help to transport them to safety. Thus begins a cat and mouse road trip movie as Logan and his new companion try their best to evade the evil cyborg Reavers.
Holding back no punches, or should I say adamantium claw stabs, you immediately know why this film is rated R16. This is definitely not for kids or the easily shocked. We can thank Deadpool for this but don’t expect too many laughs here as the story and script stick mostly to the darker side of life. This film is a brutal and dark movie that feels more like an independent film with no over the top CGI action sequences instead sticking with more realistic and gritty action and violence. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s violent? If you were going to compare this to any previous blockbuster comic book outings it is more in line with Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy than any other X-Men movie and luckily this is the furthest you could get from the very disappointing X-Men: Apocalypse. If I had any criticism it’s that the big bad villain was a little two-dimensional.
Hugh Jackman has always been outstanding as Wolverine, even when given a lot less to work with in the X-Men films and he certainly does not disappoint in this, his last outing. His passionate and raw performance oozes sadness and desperation perfectly adding many layers to the character. Patrick Stewart is class through and through despite the weakened state of his character. Stephen Merchant is a welcome addition as the albino mutant Caliban and gives you a glimpse of his dramatic chops. However, we should all bow down to new comer Dafne Keen who is fantastic as the 11 year old loner mutant Laura, who’s performance nearly over shadows Jackman’s swan song.
It’s a pity it took 20th Century Fox so long but James Mangold has given us the Wolverine film that the character and audience so deserves.
Logan gives this much-loved character the mean, moody and battle scared story we’ve all been waiting for.
Reviewed by Ian Wright.