By Shree Patel (@agentssp)
***[MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD]***
Based on Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s Old Man Logan comics, Logan, sees Hugh Jackman in his final go as Wolverine. Much like X-Men: Apocalypse, Logan begins with a pretty slow pace and initially causes the audience to question where the overlying storyline is headed but luckily, as the film picks up, everything begins to become clearer. The film sets up the story by reminding us of Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Logan’s previous struggles and their present realization that they've reached the end of their mutant lives. Logan, who is far older and weaker, is no longer the fighter that he once used to be, and now has the responsibility of taking care of Professor Xavier. Due to his own old age, Professor Xavier experiences multiple seizures which cause his powers to have no limitation, which cause others around him further pain and suffering. Believing that there is no longer a point to living, Logan tries to end his suffering by taking to the bottle. The friendship between the two has progressed to something much rougher and less forgiving than previous X-Men films, however, their bond is one of the stronger points of Logan. The closest parallel is maybe that of an old married couple who always fought but cared for each other no matter what.
Professor Xavier believes that there are more mutants out there who need their help but Logan is strictly against the idea of reaching out to them at all. Logan, who is also basically providing transportation services to those in the area, has an interesting exchange with a lady who is attending a funeral. She poses a question to him asking if he is the Wolverine, and instead of answering right away, because that wouldn’t be the Logan we’ve all grown to know and love, he rebuffs the question in typical Logan fashion and walks away. Disappointed, the woman drives away. However, as she pulls away, Logan spots a little girl in the back seat of the car.
Upon his return to his “home,” he receives new instructions for another client needing his driver services. As he’s driving to the client, he once again sees the little girl and pulls into the motel where she’s playing. The woman from the funeral, Gabriela (Elizabeth Rodriguez), begs Logan for his help because her and the girl, Laura (Dafne Keen), are in trouble and are being chased. Here is where viewers are once again reminded of just how low our hero’s mindset (or self-esteem really) has strayed, he rejects the idea of helping them and tells the two that he is no longer the person she thinks he is. Gabriella then begs him for his help and it is only when she offers to pay him does he finally agree. Logan has a lot of chasing and some people are lost along their escape to a place called Eden, where Laura's friends are.
Interestingly, it is Laura, who ultimately gets her share of action sequences in Logan. In a powerful fight to protect one another, Laura demonstrates her mutant powers…those that are just like Logan’s, claws and all. Logan surprisingly realizes that Laura is in fact his daughter, but his stubbornness prevents him from accepting her. Professor Xavier, however, is delighted and had already accepted her like any other mutant. Xavier plays a sort of “Grandpa” figure to Laura as the three are on the run from Pierce and his men who were there to kill only Laura.
Logan does a fantastic job of showing us Logan’s pain. All while they are on the run, the film does well in showing how different both mentally and physically Logan is. He is weak and scared of what the future brings him, he’s in an unhealthy state of mind. Physically, he limps when he walks and he can’t stop coughing due to severe health concerns. Another part of the film that viewers will be sure to enjoy as any Marvel superhero film, is the humor. Logan’s repeated cursing helped to lighten up the mood in the theater. Making people cry and laugh at the same time. Professor Xavier also got his shot at comedic scenes when Logan and he have a fight early on in the film over taking the medicine to stop the seizures.
The way Logan ended, the legacy that Hugh Jackman leaves as the Wolverine is pretty intense. In the end, Logan is injects a serum that increases his powers and makes him get the mobility of a wolf. Although the final fight could have been more cooler and way more fierce, overall, Logan is a excellent addition to the X-Men film franchise. The action, adventure, and humor blended well together to make it one of the best superhero films to date. There is only one thing that I must mention in the “dislike” list, and that is the fact that the audience didn’t get to see the Wolverine suit one last time. Considering that this is the final movie for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, it would’ve been amazing to see him put the suit on (or pick up an old suit in a scene), it would’ve easily made all the diehard fans go nuts. But even without the suit, Hugh Jackman serves up a great final go at the role and it made the experience even more memorable. Logan is a film that can safely be encourage for others to go and see.