Is the Brutal, Yet Wonderfully Authentic X-Men Film We Don't Deserve

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With Logan being Hugh Jackman's swan song as Wolverine, the clawed X-Men antihero with the sweet mutton chops, the actor is going out very much on top.

The third and last film dedicated to the X-Men character Wolverine, the lone wolf, made its world premiere on Friday at the Berlin Film Festival.

Hugh Jackman is feeling pretty good about aging after filming Logan. It's just as much an arthouse drama, or a prestige picture, as it is a big-budget, action-fantasy movie starring Wolverine. He's desperately trying to make his escape, hurtling towards a fence that stands in his way. "Logan" marks the 10th X-Men film to come out from the Marvel Universe. Technically Oldboy is an adaptation of a comic book and that movie is bloody as hell. Logan works as a limo driver, living off the grid and squirreling money away to buy a boat for him and the aging Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) whose psychic powers have become increasingly unsafe and uncontrollable. But this is Jackman's signature role, the one that will forever define his career, and after playing the character in six movies (and two cameo appearances), you can't begrudge the guy a protracted farewell.

One of the more intriguing aspects of the clip comes right before she is ushered into her cell. Jackman's character has saved the world multiple times and is now driving around bachelorette party girls.

Hugh Jackman as an aged Wolverine in 2017's Logan.

Logan continually subverts your expectations, but in its impactful ending, it still somehow feels like the only way the movie and Wolverine's long journey could end.

We find Logan (Hugh Jackman) exclusively using his real name of James Howlett, and as a limo driver for hire in the border town of El Paso, Texas. This changes however with the introduction of Laura (or X-23) played by Dafne Keen with tremendous confidence, who shares more than a few traits with Logan.

But the great thing is that no viewer needs to read these comics prior to experiencing Logan, and it might just be better that one doesn't so that one doesn't constantly wonder where they'll go and what story they'll adapt during the film. And because of the R-rating, you get to see him really let loose and dig his claws into skulls during rage fits because that is what a Wolverine is supposed to do.

What Deadpool awakened in audiences a year ago, this thirst for blood can be credited as paving the way for Logan, which picks up the cause of violence and accelerates it considerably. Set 25 years in the future, the movie sees Wolverine taking on a sinister company to protect X-23, a girl with nearly identical powers to his. Most of all, though, it's a rich, absorbing mix of character drama, western and road movie, punctuated by savage, impactful and dramatic action.

Logan is dark, very violent and uncompromising. This is far from the glory days of the X-Men. Most of the film feels like a small, character-driven story and yet, every conversation had, every tiny pause taken, it all feels meaningful and larger than life.

While fans may end up divided on how many of these categories the film ultimately satisfies, the fact this discussion is being had is proof enough that it is provocative and powerful. If there was a slight catch, it would be that there's a sense the relationship between Laura and Logan should've been developed sooner in the film. To that end, Logan is a success.

Two weeks before it hits cinemas, Logan has already earned a 97 percent approval rating on RottenTomatoes from its first 59 reviews.



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