It’s been 17 years since Hugh Jackman stepped into the boots of Wolverine.
And now he’s put them on for what may be his last time.
With LOGAN comes a whirlwind crescendo of violence, sadness and compassion that tells a story the character deserves.
Grey-haired and weathered, the Wolverine lives day to day as the proverbial “shell of a man” who finds his life turned upside down with the arrival of a young girl who appears to have a lot in common with him.
So how will this “animal” deal with it?
In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border.
His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him.
Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her.
The nonsensical X-Men continuity is thrown to the wind a la Deadpool, and finds itself in a future that maybe-sort-of happened in the original timeline but didn’t.
Opening with a grizzled old man asleep in the back of his car, the film doesn’t mess around in stating its tone.
With a flurry of violence and swear words, symbolic impotency as his claws have trouble “getting up”, the first scene is practically screaming “LOOK AT HOW R-RATED WE ARE!”.
This doesn’t mean they’re trying to be one of the cool kids though.
By defining their new identity, it allows this world to move forward without the clutter of its past.
From there, it starts itself off down a road (trip) of proportions that indeed measure up to the character himself.
With Jackman and Stewart pouring every last drop into these characters they have shaped over almost 2 decades, LOGAN is an incredible send-off for not only the actors but these icons of screen.
LOGAN is the best X-Men film yet, for the X-Men members who deserved it most.
Wolverine finally gets a film that suits the name, and LOGAN will be that name for days to come.