Logan Review – The finale of the Jackman as Wolverine
In the film, Logan released on 3rd March, we finally catch up with an older and grizzled Hugh Jackman (Logan) in 2029 with scars that remind the audience of his past. Logan directed by James Mangold is Jackman’s last stint as the famous mutant.
For 17 years, Hugh Jackman has been enacting the popular character of Wolverine. Just like Jackman, some of the characters have also aged. Xavier’s is in his 90s now and Logan’s ageing body almost makes us feel sorry for the two characters.
Logan is a long (nearly two and a half hours) and a violent chase movie. The movie opens in darkness. Logan is passed out in the limo, drunk and apathetic, wanting to meet the X-Men headmaster Charles Xavier. The opening scene shows some thugs trying to steal the wheels off Logan’s limo and he (Logan) barely has the energy to react. Logan is ill, poisoned by ‘adamantium,’ the super-metal that allows him to execute and disembowel his adversaries.
Two people are trailing Logan: A Mexican woman pleading for help for a mute little girl named Laura (Dafne Keen), and a semi-mutant called Pierce (Boyd Holbrook). Laura, who is gifted with skills and claws just like Logan’s, is hunted by Pierce and his band of brawny men.
In all, Logan is an exceptionally good piece of work! The dialogues are crisp, the performance is sharp while the action scenes are just superficial. In one perverse scene, Logan turns a Las Vegas hotel suite into a charnel massacring a group of killers, frozen by the apocalyptic emanations from Charles Xavier’s synapses.
James Mangold, the director, did not hesitate to show his ageing superheroes go into battle while they fight their own inner demons. Nevertheless, the highlight of the film is Jackman’s convincing performance.
This is the final adieu to the Wolverine’s unbeatable journey.
We, the Indian audience, have a message from Hugh Jackman: