review by Bobby Blakey
Wolverine was one of those characters that fans never thought would work on screen or be handled properly and while not all are pleased there is no denying that Hugh Jackman has poured his heart and soul into the character since he debuted in 2000s X-Men. Since then he has played the character in 8 films and is ready to hang up the claws, but not before one last outing in the new film Logan co-starring Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and introducing Dafne Keen with James Mangold once again at the helm. Could this final outing finally be the Wolverine film fans have wanted or will it be as extinct as the mutants?
The film follows a weary Logan in the near future who cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces. From the very first trailer for Logan it was clear that this was not going to be your average journey through the X universe. This story borrows the ideals from the Old Man Logan story while creating its own mythos and knocks it out of the park. I have always loved how much Jackman has embraced this role and this is easily his best take on the character yet. He clearly poured everything into this final take on the character filling him with so much more pain, suffering, emotion and angst than ever before. The same can be said for Patrick Stewart who brings us a very different Charles Xavier that will often break your heart but also remind you just how brilliant of an actor Stewart really is. The real treat here is the young Dafne Keen who is all kinds of bad ass. She brings everything to the character I had hoped for and more. I admit I was a bit worried how bringing this young version of her to the screen would work, but it does to perfection. The other surprise was the addition of the usually funny Stephen Merchant who is great here in a more sympathetic emotional role and he delivers.
Gone is the big CGI world and in its place here is a gritty, blood soaked violent world that cements itself as the Wolverine film that fans have been waiting for. The tone makes it feel like something new to the universe, but it features some dialogue to remind you that it is still a part of that bigger world, but beyond that stands all on its own. For those that like to revisit the previous films prior to new entries you really only need the first two original X-Men films to be all caught up. Thanks to the success of Deadpool fans are finally getting the R rated Wolverine film they were waiting for and they use it to full effect. This is a hyper violent Wolvie like you have never seen with moments that are almost like watching a slasher film with the amount of dismemberment and blood spraying. From the opening sequence in the film you realize you are in for something new and violent that will have hardcore fans cheering.
The film showcases a ton of action and violence but keeps it grounded throughout with a lot of the movie allowed to let the characters evolve and tell their story. Gone is the forced moments to force in as many recognizable characters as possible and in its place is a film that will have you cheering and crying all in the same scene. There are so many emotional moments here that will leave some in shock, but the end result is perfection. There have been some that have never fully embraced Jackman in the Wolverine role, but here there is no denying that he is not only Wolverine, but finally he is truly Logan. The title is perfect as it is about this side of him and the end of a journey that we as fans have followed since 2000 with the original X-Men. I hope we see him change his mind and eventually return with Reynolds for a Deadpool / Wolverine film or even a cameo at some point, but if not this is the highlight of his turn as the mutant known as Logan and I applaud him for standing up and doing it like this.
This release not only includes the film, but a berserker rage of bonus features including commentary, deleted scenes, a behind the scenes documentary and Logan Noir: the black and white version of the film. Pop your claws and grab your copy of Logan available now on Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.