Movie Review: Logan

Logan-bannerBy Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

This is it: Logan is Hugh Jackman’s final bow as Wolverine. After seventeen years, the actor has decided to hang up the claws for good and deliver one final solo film before he goes. And what a performance it was.

Deadpool and Logan are a one-two punch that gives you hope for Fox’s mutant properties, especially after watching X-Men: Apocalypse. Both of those films took big risks that paid off in spades and I hope is a trend the studio will continue.

In Logan, we find an older Wolverine looking after an even older Professor Charles Xavier, played by Sir Patrick Stewart. They’ve fallen on hard times, as most mutants have gone extinct. There relatively peaceful life is interrupted when they cross paths with a young girl named Laura, who also posses the same regenerative healing properties as Logan as well as adamantium claws.

Look, I love a good comic book movie but even I can point out some criticisms about the genre. One of the major problems is that you’re not allowed to upset the status quo too much. Rhodey should have died in Captain America: Civil War, is a more recent example. Logan, on the other hand, is a movie that has no qualms about any of that in its pursuit of a perfect farewell film. In this movie things have consequences.

But the big winner here is that character was the focus. Yes, the action was fantastic — and with the R rating, downright bloody — but Hugh Jackman delivered a tour-de-force as a broken man. Logan is not a person who belongs in a group and tends to be a loner. Even in a family setting he’s still a bit of an outsider. Even as the sole provider for Xavier and Caliban he’s aloof.

Not only did Jackman deliver but so did the supporting cast who delivered impeccable performances. Stewart as the nonagenarian Professor X will break your heart, Stephen Merchant delivers a nuanced performance as Caliban, and new comer Daphne Keen was perfect as X-23. I loved Boyd Holbrook in Narcos and he’s a lot of fun here making me excited for his turn in Predator.

Not only was this the best Wolverine movie but, hands down, the best X-Men film ever. It may even be the best superhero movie of all time. And all it took was Hugh Jackman to retire from the role after seventeen years.

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About Danny Santos

Freelance writer, filmmaker, actor, musician, and visual artist. Writing online professionally for 4-plus years and has produced and performed in over a dozen films and webseries. He has also been everything from a social media consultant to managing a JUNO award winning musician.