Logan review: Jackman's perfectly brutal farewell to Wolverine

Posted March 03, 2017

20th Century Fox's latest X-Men offering Logan began its global roll out today, hitting United Kingdom cinemas ahead of its North American bow this Friday. It's set in the future after mutants have started disappearing and there has been some sort of disaster on the East Coast, caused, apparently, by Professor Charles Xavier's insane psychic powers.

Set in the near future, the film follows a tired Logan (Jackman) as he cares for an ailing Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border.

His companions in exile are the outcast Caliban (played by Stephen Merchant) and an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart), whose singular mind is plagued by worsening seizures and the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

His hopes of living out the rest of his life in isolation are ruined when he's tasked with protecting a mysterious young girl, Laura, who's wanted by some seriously bad folk. When I read claws came out of his hands, I thought, 'That's ridiculous.' Wolverine is a different character.

That wasn't the case with "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (2009), Jackman's first solo Wolverine movie, which botched the adaptation of Wolverine's secret origin as a young, sickly and wealthy 19th century Canadian boy named James Howlett who later would mutate into an indestructible force.

"Well, it was less angry and more it's very important that people are prepared for what this movie is.When I made Cop Land many years ago, I had the disappointment of feeling like we made this very serious film, but the fact that Sly was the lead - I think he's awesome in the movie, but it had this very interesting effect on people.my biggest fear is that, in some ways, people anticipate just another movie, and then they're suddenly shocked". Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

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There is stuff here that I liked. But the very - near the end, as we were filming near the end, there was a great sense of calm and peace.

Hugh Jackman cried on the set of Logan.

That said, the movie still goes way unnecessarily overboard on the foul language and the violence, and I don't get what they were trying to prove with all that. I'll be really interested to see how I feel about it.

This is such a disappointing way for Jackman to leave his signature role; and if you want to take your little kids (or even teenagers) to see this new superhero flick, I strongly recommend against it.

There are times when the R rating is useful. Instead, Mangold has used the Old Man Logan comics as a jumping off point, only taking elements like having a world where mutants have been all but eradicated and Wolverine is pushed to his limits. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society.

Mangold told eager fans on Twitter that he's "workin' on" a black and white version of Logan, which comes out this week.