Logan is for mature audiences and for the first time, “mature” doesn’t mean there’s a sex scene.
Hugh Jackman’s final X-Men movie is a somber farewell told in the style of the comic book series at its absolute pinnacle in the early eighties.
Chris Claremont, along with co-writer and artist John Byrne, cast a dark vision of a new Holocaust where mutants are hated and hunted. The X-Men: Days of Future Past movie is an adaption of X-Men’s alternate future storyline. The mutant persecution and elimination sets the backdrop in Logan. However, it’s only implied as opposed to being a Sentinels special effects extravaganza.
Wolverine was a character that Claremont thought could be so much more than a simple berserker. He was a short badass who I would like to believe was created to be a hero to all the bullied nerds in high schools across the globe. Logan is the fearless, outside the rules tough guy we wish we could have been.
Marvel capitalized on his popularity in countless limited series, solo adventures, crossovers and ultimately, not one but two origin movies.
I fell in love with the Wolverine in X-Men 133 – an early episode in the Dark Phoenix saga. The team has been utterly defeated by the Hellfire Club and Wolverine is presumed dead. What follows is a thoroughly satisfying revenge romp as Wolverine tears through swarms of henchmen, claws out; part Terminator, part Dirty Harry. A sanitized re-telling was featured in the second X-Men movie.
It’s 35 years later, I’m wearing reading glasses, dealing with an in-law slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s and pondering my own mortality. For the second time, I find Wolverine’s story very relatable.
Logan is set in a dark and melancholy world populated by broken protagonists. It is well crafted movie that is more mature than its genre. Rather than a post-Apocalyptic setting of blasted buildings in empty cities, the mood is set in a dilapidated compound in the Mexican desert.
This is not a movie you say you enjoyed. It is very bittersweet in the same way Grand Torino was. There is no happy ending, only a slender hope for the future and a character’s redemption in death.
Maybe this was a dramatic way to get Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart out of the franchise as they were aging out anyway. Or perhaps they were emboldened to take an R-rated risk based on Deadpool’s success. Regardless of the motivations, Logan is a strong film on its own merits. For a mature X-Men fan, Logan is a good action movie that leaves you with enough things to discuss at a local Denny’s until one in the morning – that is unless you have to be in bed by 9:30.