“In the real world, people die.”
Logan, the latest film in the Marvel-Fox X-Men franchise, promised us that it will be rooted in reality. And it lived to its promise. Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart’s swansong X-Men movie is a healthy departure from the usual formulaic superhero movies with crossovers, ensemble team-ups and computer generated rubble.
The setting for a film is the near future, where the world is almost free of Mutant-kind and ever-changing timelines. Wolverine and Professor X are hiding from the world with their mutant powers – a scruffy dystopian world from the outset. Charles Xavier, the magnanimous nonagenarian, is ailing and unstable with a pained Logan to look after him. Logan himself is scarred, grizzled and visibly old with his healing factor nowhere in its prime. Their lives change when a young girl comes amidst them – Laura.
Director James Mangold, who previously has worked with Jackman in the hit movie The Wolverine (2013) – the second movie in the Wolverine ‘trilogy’, had voiced his concern about poorly written superhero plots. With Logan, he perfected what he began in 2013.
This film is the best from its genre since the great The Dark Knight
The movie is meditative and minimalistic – with blood splattered gore whenever required. The movie is R-rated and it doesn’t shy away from showing some clawed awesomeness with Laura and Logan in tandem. Dafne Keen is wonderful as the young Laura, X-23 if you may, – A sweet little girl with serious blood splattering tendencies. Sir Patrick Stewart brilliantly portrays Professor Charles Xavier with all the rich experience behind him. The rest of the cast – Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce and Richard E. Grant as Zander Rice is straight out of the comic books, with their involvement in the Weapon X program and ambition of controlling the mutant world. Stephen Merchant as Caliban is a sore sight and a reminder of the pain the Mutants endure in this dystopian world. Old Man Logan, comic series from Marvel, reflects beautifully in this movie – the inspiration for James Mangold.
The film is such a fitting finale to the fine actors – Jackman and Stewart, one imagines how it would have been with a certain Sir Ian McKellen’s Magneto in the middle. The fanboy in me is pained to imagine that Hugh Jackman never donned the iconic yellow costume in this Universe. Wolverine will never be the same. The iconic blades should rest now.
The movie ends with a heart wrenching scene for comic book lovers – a tribute to the iconic X-Men.
Logan is running in the theaters. This one is a must-watch.
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