Ever since the comic book movie genre really kicked off in the early 2000s, we have had three different actors play Spider-Man, two different guys playing Batman and a few who have played Superman. But for the better part of two decades, there has been one and only one Wolverine. Now, after all of that time, Hugh Jackman is saying goodbye to his iconic role with Logan, his final role as the beloved mutant. As sad as it may be to see him go, Logan is truly a perfect way to say goodbye. Seriously it couldn't have been any better. At 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I am sure it will be number one at the box office this weekend and as always no spoilers below – I promise.
Let me set the stage for you: Logan takes place in the near future of 2029 and sees an old, retired Wolverine simply trying to make his way in the world and take care of his beloved mentor -Charles Xavier, who is also suffering and isn't what he once was. It is a dark time for mutants as their kind seems to be going extinct. But all of that changes when a young, new mutant named Laura comes into Logan and Charles' life. Now, they must go on the run and try to protect from some very bad villians.
Director James Mangold and the entire creative team behind Logan did a superb job ending the story of Wolverine. From the beginning all the way to the end, it was an amazing ride to see Logan (Hugh Jackman) fight one last time for something that he was missing all his life. We finally are treated to the Wolverine movie that we been waiting for. For his last Wolverine film this (sorry kids, you would need parental guidance) is rated-R. Lots of cursing. Lots of blood.
The rest of the cast also deserves a lot of praise as the movie really turns out to be a great ensemble piece. Stephen Merchant is great as Caliban, Boyd Holbrook and Richard E. Grant both do a great job as the villains in Logan, and suited this movie perfectly. The real standout, though, is the young girl Dafne Keen, who plays Laura, aka the mutant X-23, who is basically a female version of Wolverine. She is absolutely outstanding and got me hype during her fight scenes and if what she does in Logan is any indication, she will have a very long and promising career ahead of her.
My point of view: If this is to be the franchise’s farewell to the character, there couldn’t be a better finale. This isn’t just the best Wolverine movie to date, it might be the best story about Wolverine ever produced. It is a definite must see movie even if you aren't a huge comic fan.
I give it a 5 out of 5 stars. I will definitely be watching it again! -xo Mel