Logan is one of the best comic book film ever made, a somber, character driven piece featuring Hugh Jackman’s best performance ever. It’s not just the darkness and brutality that makes the film work, but the emotion; this isn’t another throwaways adventure, but an emotionally challenging film that’s clearly made with great passion for the source material. It’s equal parts fan service for fans of one of cinema’s most iconic heroes, but a powerful look at a character that’s raw emotion rivals award season contenders.
It’s 2029, and mutants are a fading memory. Logan/ The Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Charles Xavier/ Professor X (Patrick Stewart) live in hiding from the past, but when a young mutant named Laura (Dafne Keen) crosses their paths, the two mutants find themselves the victim of a vicious manhunt. Facing both the curse of immortality and the desire to escape from the world he’s found himself in, Logan takes off on his last adventure.
To say that Hugh Jackman is brilliant here is an understatement; Jackman has plated this character for seventeen years, and gives his most layered and emotionally impactful performance to date. Stewart is also brilliant here, bringing dramatic gravitas as well as a surprising comic edge. As for newcomer Dafne Keen, she’s a fierce and fun addition to the series that serves as a perfect counterpart to Logan.
The film takes it’s drama seriosuly, giving a serious look at it’s characters. It’s not the fact that the film aims for grimness, but it’s intent on humanizing the perils of having superpowers that makes it’s so dramatically interesting. As for the action, director James Mangold delivers dazzling, violent outbursts that hold back nothing in their brutality.
Logan is a genuine revelation; it’s a film that’s desire is not to establish sequels or spinoffs, but to relish in the full dramatic characters of such a rich world. With more than a few nods to classic westerns and a satisfying conclusion seventeen years in the making, Logan is a superhero classic that ranks among the best the genre has ever produced. Grade: A