What’s It About?
In 2029, an aging Wolverine cares for an ailing Professor X while hiding out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world are ended when a young mutant finds herself on his doorstep while being pursued by dark forces.
Which X-Men Movies Should I Have Watched First?
None really. You need to have a passing familiarity with the characters of Wolverine and Professor X but other than that this movie completely stands alone. Logan is based on the comic series Old Man Logan in which mutants have died out, so there isn’t a lot of backstory required.
What I Loved
Seeing Patrick Stewart say the word fuck repeatedly was a highlight, I’m not gonna lie but I’ve got to give the MVP award to Dafne Keen. Her portrayal of X-23 (or Laura) is somehow both wholly innocent and totally world weary. It is probably one of the best freshman outings for an actress I’ve seen in quite some time. She’s mute for almost 3/4 of the movie and she still manages to hold her own against Stewart and Jackman with ease. Definitely seeing big things in her future.
Old Man Logan is definitely more character driven than most comics, and that really came across with Logan. The X-Men film universe has always been about throwing as many characters at the wall as possible to see who sticks and this movie veers completely away from that paradigm, with only having three main characters. It makes you feel the relationship more – normally the idea of Wolverine feeling fatherly towards a girl he just met would be a little forced (ala Rogue in the first X-Men movie), but the small cast really rams home just how lonely he was before she came along.
What I Didn’t
This movie is hella violent. Every action sequence was a fast cut of close up stabbings. While it makes you really see the kind of rampage a character like Wolverine could go on, it also makes the fights extremely difficult to watch. I watched most of the last half through my fingers to be perfectly honest and even M, our resident Wolverine superfan felt it was a bit gratuitous. Deadpool really set the bar for R rated superhero films, but it didn’t sacrifice character development to get there. They made the film they wanted to make and let the ratings chips fall where they may. Logan felt like a director determined to make an R rated film, which is a real shame.
Further to that, Logan really could have used less fight sequences and more world building. Even after watching the movie, I still have as many questions as I did after the trailer. What was the Westchester Incident? Where did the bullet come from? Why is the world all messed up? How did Caliban not age between Apocalypse and Logan considering they are set almost 50 years apart? Why did most of the Reavers seem to have robotic hands? I could seriously go on all day here with the questions.
Worth Organising A Babysitter?
It’s definitely not for the squeamish but I would still recommend it for any dystopian sci-fi fan. It’s definitely the most anti comic book movie I’ve ever seen, which is a refreshing change. A very fitting swan song for Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine.