The newest installment in the X-men Universe repairs fans’ trust in the franchise after the flop that was X-men: Apocalypse. Logan, directed by James Mangold (who previously directed Walk the Line and the better Wolverine movie, The Wolverine rather than X-men Origins, which was a big critical flop, among others) is a return to the quality action and story we have come to know and love in our X-men films.
SNIKT. SNIKT, oh, and more SNIKT.
That’s the sound that his claws make. Seriously, look at the comics (which I haven’t read myself…) And this time around there’s multiple sets of claws. X-23 or Laura (Dafne Keen)-a child mutant- has the claws of the Wolverine, something Logan refuses to believe until he sees her in action. This is as much her origin story as it is a farewell to the Wolverine that we know.
This is a farewell film for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine after a long 17 years and now TECHNICALLY 9 movies (though in First Class, he just had a cameo role). And, it is a wonderfully done farewell film that leaves the audience adequately satisfied with his ending.
Don’t let some of the professional reviews fool you. This is his NINTH appearance.
The film takes place in 2029, after the events of Days of Future Pasts hard reset of the timelines established in the previous films. (Well everything after 1973 (so basicalllyyyy everything after the events of First Class, including X-men, X2, X-men: Last Stand- you know, the original trilogy and all)
It takes place after the X-men are no more and when Logan is old and his body is fragile- a welcomed relief from what we’ve seen in the past. Don’t get me wrong, I love that he can heal, but with his fragility comes some humanity (or maybe that’s with the age). We see the stereotypical “Grumpy Old Man,” we see the sandwich generation, we see the father figure: “NOT OKAY.”
The action scenes are beautifully choreographed and Laura provides some much needed brutality and spunk. At first, Logan’s claws won’t properly SNIKT out, as we see the effect of age by one of his claws only coming out halfway.
LOGAN is a welcomed film given that the first Wolverine centered film was a bust, the second one was good-ish, and the most recent X-men film was straight bad.
A very hesitant 9.0/10 (As in, couldn’t decide if it should be higher than that or not).