Hugh Jackman is back again as everyone’s favourite mutant Wolverine (a.k.a. Logan) in his ninth appearance as the claw slinger mutant. Re-teaming with Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier (in his seventh appearance) and 2013’s ‘The Wolverine’ director James Mangold, who is returning to helm the sequel.
The story opens up on an older Logan who has been a limousine driver by night, in order to look after an older, fragile version of Charles Xavier by day. They live in hiding since mutants have become almost extinct in this future timeline. However, Logan is greeted by a Mexican nurse who wants his help to protect a small girl called Laura.
The film presents us with a fabulous pairing of Logan and Charles, sharing many great one-liners, jokes, and demonstrating a sort of love-hate friendship that grows their characters. It’s an element where the film shines and the two are the glue that makes ‘Logan’ work and feel believable. However, Laura (portrayed by newcomer Dafne Keen) also shines in her relationship with Logan although her backstory and identity become central to the film’s plot and to go into full details would risk spoiling the film.
The violence in this film is extreme. If you thought ‘Deadpool’ was violent, ‘Logan’ dares to be even more so with one of the largest body counts I’ve seen in recent theatrical films. It’s defiantly not for the faint of heart and even too violent for kids to watch. However, the action sequences are exciting, deadly and directed well. Even though there aren’t as many compared to other ‘X-Men’ films, it does work to this film’s advantage by presenting a more small scale, personal story between Logan, Charles and Laura.
Not everything in this film is a bulls-eye however. The villain is just another stereotyped baddie who doesn’t have a whole lot to do other than chase after our main protagonists, and at times he can be a little confusing (again, I don’t want to spoil, but for many who have seen it, you probably know what I am talking about). But it’s not just the villain. Outside of the film’s protagonists, the supporting characters vary from okay to weak. This is understandable, since they don’t get as much screen time compared to the three protagonists.
‘Logan’ can be a bit jumbled in its execution, but when it does get right, it hits a bulls-eye. The film does show heart, and the main heroes are developed and interesting, with some intense action sequences. When it tries to focus on supporting characters, it can be a bit of a drag to watch but ‘Logan’ manages to remain an entertaining film, even if its pacing could have been a bit tighter. But heck, I still found myself enjoying this latest outing in the ‘X-Men’ universe so I guess it’s a success in that regard.