Director: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook
You watched him thrashing enemies by his Adamantium claws, and his dangerously aggressive behavior combined with the healing power made him the ultimate mutant. But, now, things have changed. Logan aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is aging and tired. His healing is not proper and rather than fighting, he prefers to stay away from trouble. This is somewhere in 2029 and Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) is ill. In some tragic chain of events, Logan and Professor meet a young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen) who has a horrific past. This is a story of Logan and Laura who fight against all the mighty odds to survive.
Director James Mangold takes time to tell the final tale of Logan in a gritty as well as slow unfolding way. There’s a sense of confidence in his direction that gives the story a strong support. It’s not easy for us to see Logan getting old yet Mangold shows there is still some fight left in him. His troubled and deteriorating health, talks with Xavier about past and present are matured. And everything changes when a little girl Laura enters their lives. She is aggressive, dominating and highly violent just like Logan was in his prime. What Mangold brilliantly does is he keeps Laura’s character mysterious and her less talkative presence adds intensity to the role.
First fight of Laura with the enemies is enterprising with amazing action and speedy display with claws and we are all thrilled and excited to see a little girl killing bad guys. The fights and chases don’t stop and the weird relationship between Logan and Laura becomes engaging. What I loved is they never like each other and always giving that cold look make the movie funny. Laura hitting him in the face, Logan not understanding her language yet their understanding about the situation is handled and directed expertly by Mangold.
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This is not a typical Marvel movie with constant action and battle but it reaches a point where Logan gets to realize the vitality of peaceful living and a sense of family. Of course, there are fights and till the end of it but Mangold does something special here with Logan’s character. Apart from his animal type fights, he also predominantly shows the side of a tiring, fatigued Logan. Charles too, rather than being sophisticated, talks fun and the conversations between him and Logan are friendlier than ever.
The film does get prolonged during Logan’s travel with Laura in North Dakota. That could have been reduced by a significant margin. The negative character Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) needed to be dangerous but Mangold fails to do so. Even the dialogues written for him were ordinary. I wanted to see some effective one-liners like Liev Schreiber aka Victor had in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
Hugh Jackman might be shown old in this one but there is no doubt no one can display the kind of aggression and anger he does while fighting. Most of the time tired with a wrinkled face and beard, he looks really screwed up but then his revitalization during the fights are a treat for everyone. Jackman’s relationship with Laura is the highlight of the movie. Dafne Keen brought this film alive with her stunning portrayal of Laura. Always angry with an arrogant attitude and her action scenes are as breath-taking as Logan. She also shows her soft side very well in the latter phases.
Logan is a different mutant movie. Apart from deadly action, it mainly shows the old tiring phase of Logan with a sense of purpose to his life and legacy. The ‘Laura’ character and her fights will blow your mind. There is a meaningful relationship between Logan and Laura which give the film a unique vibe and a valuable closure to the ‘Wolverine’ series.