As superheroes go Logan aka Wolverine has always been an outsider: intense and generally unpleasant, he's not afraid to break the familiar good guy rules, giving in to rage and killing bad guys who need killing. But invulnerable or not, thereâ€™s one thing that even he canâ€™t escape and thatâ€™s the eventual ravages of time; to paraphrase Betty Davis, â€śGrowing old ain't for pussies.â€ťTwo decades from now mutants are virtually extinct. Former badass Logan (Hugh Jackman) has taken to driving limo to survive and lives in virtual exile with his nonagenarian mentor Professor X (Patrick Stewart) whose mental decline poses a risk to anyone in the vicinity and Caliban (Stephen Merchant), a mutant healthcare support worker. Their plans to retire to the high seas are waylaid by the arrival of little girl and the group of mercs looking to take her back to their sketchy biotech company. Let the circus begin.
Deadpool proved that you can play with the tried and tested superhero tropes and succeed even if you get an R-rating. Logan continues the trend, but takes the genre in a different direction: rather than a non-stop sequence of jokes punctuated by blood-letting (or embracing both simultaneously) it examines the humanity of its leads and the hard choices they make to survive.
Patrick Stewart is typically subdued as Professor X, except when heâ€™s called upon to breakdown, which provide some of the movieâ€™s most powerful moments and newcomer Dafne Keen is a feisty dynamo as the girl-of-few-words and key player in the story. It is Jackman who carries the piece however, infusing Logan with resilience and pathos, while highlighting the frailty of humanity. In the process, Jackman also delivers one of the best performance of his career.
The script is well written, the dialogue economical almost to the point of sparse, and you may find yourself missing some of the pithy exchanges of previous outings. The pacing is exacting â€“ rarely do you feel that the story lingers long or goes too fast â€“ and the character development is worthy of any Oscar bait period drama. And unlike its franchise predecessors this isnâ€™t a kidâ€™s movie; the violence is bloody, and in instances up close and in slow-motion (but not in a gimmicky â€ś300â€ť kind of way.A thoughtful, character study that embraces the concepts of aging, family and loyalty <b>Logan</b> doesnâ€™t shy away from the ugly bits. Itâ€™s arguably one of the first movies in this genre to also rely on acting and plot rather than an overabundance of CGI and pyrotechnics and is all the better for it.