Now, if you're looking for someone to talk to you about the history of James Logan Howlett (Hugh Jackman), aka the (in)famous Wolverine, don't look to me. Like Fast and Furious, this is a franchise and actor who played a character that grew while I wasn't into big-budget superhero movies. Or wasn't allowed to watch. But Logan has lived a long life and now in the year 2029 (when I hope they'll play this movie like a time capsule). Mutants are nearly extinct and he and a male witch Camberlain and an elder Charles Xavier are living in a hideout in the desert where Logan makes their money being a contract driver in Vegas. His beard has grown, his hair has grayed, and he's ready to kick the dirt when a lady comes with a special silent daughter named Laura who the government is after, and Logan is paid aobut 50-thousand dollars to get her to North Dakota in a safe haven, and thus we have the final movie starring Hugh Jackman as the Wolverine, with a lot more than you can expect just from that description.
So I was ready to pass on Logan, after I found out it would be over 2 hours and my grudge was still on simmer. However, when it was universally acclaimed, I decided to take a leap at it and what I thought I would hate turned into the biggest surprise of the year, a movie that is like no other superhero movie I've ever seen! Is it as good as Captain America: Civil War? It has a more emotional level than that movie, but I'd rather watch that movie again than this one. Still, Logan erased every problem I had with Apocalypse.
I'm going to stop ranting on that movie in a second, but I'm just giving it for literary explanation. Apocalypse had too many and uninteresting new characters, with few triumphs of acting, an incomprehensible storyline, and an unimportant cash-grab feel with stalling action. Ouch, right? But hey, if you liked Apocalypse and disagree with these things, I'm very happy for you. Logan had much less main characters and the ones we are given have actors that are incomparable. The storyline is terrifically simple and this film feels more like a tribute to Hugh Jackman's years as Wolverine than a cash grab. I'd even go so far as to say this is a superhero movie for grandparents, who like Logan have lived through lives, only theirs will have probably been more jubilant and fond than his.
Dafne Keen, who plays Laura, is amazing. Beyond poetry of words, this kid has a spark of a grimace that can either make you scared or make you angry. I won't spoil what her superpower is, but when she uses it, she shows with every swipe that kids can act, sometimes even better than adults, the way Henry Thomas with E.T. and Daveigh Chase with Spirited Away managed to prove this in the past. And Hugh Jackman as cranky Wolverine is heartbreakingly realistically acting. This Logan is ferociously unhappy. Things he wants done he'll yell at someone if they don't get done, and he clearly hates his secret identity, since people remember him as a superhero and he remembers what it's put him through. You really often feel like he should just calm down, but there's never a time where I was mad at him. Jackman did it so well, I even got angry sometimes when he did.
Now, at first during the first 30 minutes I really was not sure about this film at all. A road trip sounded tedious. But it's during the first chase when razor wire literally gets dragged on in stunningly original choreography that my hopes went up. Logan ended up being a movie that got better and better the more it went, and its level of heartbreak took me off guard so tremendously. There are still times where the movie drags but thanks to Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen and even Stephen Merchant's performances, I was always still interested, and I won't spoil the finale, but it's a knockout that burned up my denial of how much I appreciated this movie. I told myself this would be between a B- and B+ but you know what? This is my honest review! Imagine if it was lower because there are two other films out with the title "Wolverine" in them. Seeing as this is the third film technically with his name in the title, Logan might be too used up at this point to be a main character. But considering the positive reaction this film has gotten from critics and audiences, maybe not.
Logan is "ages" better than Apocalypse and even Days of Future Past, a movie that managed to have me thinking about it afterward for hours and a movie that makes me really hope we don't get another movie with another and a different Wolverine. That would do this movie injustice.