Logan Movie Review
Logan is a nice homage to fans of the Jackman Wolverine, a franchise which has been with us for more than a decade. It is also different enough from the regular X Men movies that one should approach it with an open mind.
It's a dystopian world that Logan now lives in, no shiny suits, his body is finally wearing down from age, and shows the signs of aging, wounds heal much slower and he just feels like an old man. Something that perhaps some of us and also fans who began following his movies can relate to.
He protects Prof X, and in the midst of his rather pathetic and miserable existence, a new mutant pops up, and it's not just any mutant, but one with the same powers he has, and is, (spoiler alert) - his daughter.
So they take a road trip together and look for a place called Eden, and through the trip, they need to be one step ahead of some bad people who want them dead, her captured and they also have to bond, with Prof X as the grandfather figure.
It's a lot darker, grittier, with a lot more swearing - can't believe the smut that comes out of Prof X mouth.. all this is meant to show that it's no normal X Men episode, and yet, there's a bit of Road Trip meet Father Bonding meets Midnight Run.
None of the it is unique in itself, but having a undertone of X Men in such a setting makes it special and Hugh Jackman gets to spread his acting chops, alongside more esteemed thespians like Patrick Stewart, and the new girl Dafne Keen is neither overawed or out of her league in this present company. She grimaces, cries and glares her way into our hearts and can hold her head high that she added a much needed extra dimension to the show. Dafne Keen is a potential shoo in for an Oscar, she adds depth, and you see a little Dakota Fanning in her. Thin and frail looking, she is a lion inside and when push comes to shove, she shoves back hard, and I can see good things in her future acting career.
You get nice vignettes from other classics, such as Johnny Cash songs, a cowboy movie Shane, and in the midst of this, yes you still get action and some humor. Not in the usual over the top style you may see in the typical superhero movie, and action fans may find it a little slow, with nary an explosion or blood letting for much of the middle chapter of the show.
Instead it's more of a slow burner, with the character development and the relationship between the three taking centre stage, alongside the displays of angst and hints of the demons within the two male leads.
The end is a tribute to Shane, to Hugh, and lays to rest a certain franchise with grace, dignity and the respect accorded to a superhero who has slashed, gnarled and healed his way into our hearts for almost 17 years.
Farewell Hugh Logan.