Hugh Jackman had his last rodeo as Wolverine this past weekend. Having played the character for seventeen years, this was a fitting end. Logan is an atypical superhero movie at its core and that’s what will separate it from its siblings.

What stands out immediately is not only the aged Wolverine, but the amount of violence in the first sequence relative to past movies. This is the result of the R rating and for those who are weak to gore may find this film unappealing. For X-Men fans, this is probably the Wolverine they have been waiting for. I was also caught off guard at the profanity throughout. However, these are rather small cracks in the bigger picture.

The heart of the story relies on the Western influence. Logan now called James is partially responsible for taking care of his old friend, Charles. This is not the same Professor X who championed the Academy for mutants or  fought alongside the X-Men.  Another mutant by the name Caliban shares the burden of watching over him and makes it painfully clear that Logan is also suffering from changes. He’s a heavy drinker, his wounds aren’t healing at the same rate, and he’s more irritable than ever. While every hero faces vulnerability going into battle or even, this tone of finality is what sets the stage for an emotional ride.

Wolverine has plans to save enough money and live with Charles in an isolated area away from humans. This is why he chooses to take a job of transporting a little girl (Laura) after being approached by her supposed mother. Unbeknownst to him, Laura is one of the last living mutants and more importantly, they share a bond with each other in the their abilities. Laura (X-23) is not social and volatile like other kids, but she’s still a child. You can see that in how she’s learning to interact with the world around her. However, she is considered a threat to the world. The main villain, Donald Pierce, is looking for her and is not willing to hold back his resources.

It’s hard to say much more without spoiling anything, but I will say this. There is a lot to enjoy about this movie. It could be the acting of the entire cast, the well executed action sequences, or even the funny moments between Laura and Logan. Also, you do not need to read the graphic novel, Old Man Logan, to appreciate the work. By the end, I felt that Mangold directed an utter masterpiece. Though Jackman, you did a great job. Bub. Thanks for being Wolverine in all shapes and forms.

Rating

4.5/5

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