Here we go again. Another super hero film. And not just any super hero film, but another X-Men film.
But before you turn your nose up, hear me out. I get that 17 years of mediocre mutant mayhem might be more than you’d wish to endure. Even the very syllables may make your eyes roll back and your ears drown with white noise.
X-Men has tried to change it up over the years and in many cases has failed drastically. But trust me, this one is different.
As suggested by the name, Logan takes on a personal approach, exploring the life of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as he enters its latter stages. It’s not the superhero film as we know it. In fact it’s very different. Sure it still has a vast array of superheroes and an evil baddy. It even has a mad British scientist. But Logan is emotive.
Jackman has notoriously disappointed over the years but here we see him in a role where age is taking its toll on his once perfect body. He’s still very much the same old, grumpy Logan, but this time he’s just that: old. Here he’s more human than ever before and therefore the film is a lot more believable than those that have gone before it. Finally we can take this one seriously.
His battle scarred body provides proof of his inevitable downfall like a withered leaf in the Autumn. This is the body that we’d expect to see from such a broken and tortured man.
Set in 2029, mutants are virtually extinct with no new mutant being born in years. The passage of time is mostly represented through Professor X (Patrick Stewart). His crinkled wrinkles and constant mumbling are a sign of his degenerative brain disease. But this is nothing in comparison to the fatal effects of his seizures that cause mass paralysis to anyone within the surrounding areas, resulting in his brain being classified as a weapon of mass destruction.
Personally I just love his new habit of swearing. He pretty much throws a ‘fuck’ into every other sentence making him the sort of Brit that I know and love.
Although he shows it in a controversial way, Logan still very much cares for Charles. His sole goal is to raise enough money to afford medicine and a boat for them both to protect not only Charles, but the world too.
There’s been a lot of young stars popping up lately and Dafne Keen who plays Laura, Logan’s sort-of daughter, is another one to keep your eye on. The way she gracefully switches from innocent angel to pint-sized demon reminded me of another young, popular actor. Eleven anyone?
Logan isn’t exactly going to win any ‘Father of the Year’ awards. He is still true to his aggressive nature that we can’t help but love, while showing clear signs of protection.
James Mangold makes us consider another aspect to the overplayed superhero genre. I mean, it’s definitely worth a try as in all honesty, there’s no denying that it’s getting boring.
The film takes a turn in the X-Men series. It represents the end of an era of agony and pain while giving a fresh impetus of hope for mutants. And there isn’t any spandex in sight.
The violent and gritty drama sets the tone from the very start when Logan whips out his claws and slices off heads at a speed Jamie Oliver would be proud of.
Mangold defies the genre with prevalent themes of mortality and humanity, enabling him to reach a whole new audience. The future setting doesn’t distract us either. There’s a few technological advancements, such as driverless lorries, but not too much to change the story dramatically. This film is about life and death and what it means to be human. Or should I say mutant.