This review contains mild spoilers
It’s called Logan as Wolverine literally returns to his human identity after all his mutant colleagues extinct by an unknown cause. Remaining alive is Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who now turns physically sick and mentally lunatic. With the help of an old friend, a banished yet intelligent mutant, a Sun Seeker called Caliban, Logan and Charles continue to live as refugees in a rural desert of Mexico city.
Along with his deteriorating healing power, Logan is also emotionally broken, resulting in Logan as the most emotional X-Men movie ever made. Not only portraying Logan at his lowest state of everything but also his rare human instinct to bond with others. A mutant girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) appears to look lot like him, especially when those iron claws come out from her fist. She’s mute and fierce, she stares and screams, she’s possibly a clone of Logan. Is she?
The plot takes place in 2029, far from the school and futuristic potentials. Things look pretty normal and sober as the mutants are believed to be no longer exist. Logan is the only one seen as he’s wandering around the city, running a limo rental business. Outside, he seems enjoying this job despite how damaged he’s inside. Outside, he seems strong despite his condition weakens day after day. He keeps contemplating about shooting his head with an Adamantium bullet, which is one of the two reasons keep Charles alive.
We love seeing Hugh Jackman (Real Steel, Wolverine) grow along this character from time to time, thus his recent wrecked Logan, at the same time, still looks mature. Behind all the harshness he says, we sense a lot of unspoken pain. And behind the roughness of those brutal actions, his fragile heart still cares much about the others.
Undoubtedly, Logan experiences the best character development any mutant doesn’t. It’s so easy to sympathize as Logan appears more humane than a human himself and is given a sort of complicated parental role to Laura. This is a thoughtful execution which other superhero movies rarely give but relying heavily on CGI. Don’t get us wrong. The special effects, the vulgar graphic, and action scenes are still awesome despite Logan finds battlefield is no longer interesting. Hence, they appear necessarily and placed neatly in place as the main focus is to dig in more crisis of a retired mutant’s life.
Logan suffers from a chronic midlife crisis since he found out that being a mutant fails all hope. All the battles he’d gone through leaves him an infinite emptiness, turning the X prodigy into an unwanted savage. Mutant world we all know is simply got deconstructed only by watching Logan live the rest of his life aimlessly, unmotivatedly.
There’s no premise of supervillains taking over the world and women to romance with. The only way to feel alive again is through Laura, who’s assumed to be somehow related closely to Logan’s bloodline. The sad news is Logan is Jackman’s last performance as a mutant. Whether he ends up living happily after, Logan has been given a chance to live his life to the fullest as James Mangold’s (Walk the Line, The Wolverine) direction gives a dramatic to his brutal past and a game-changing moment to that mutant world we all know.
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
Duration: 137 mins