Release Date: In Theaters now.
Written by: James Mangold and Scott Frank.
Directed by: James Mangold.
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Dafne Keen.
17 years and 9 movies later, this is the end of the line for Wolverine, or at least it is for Hugh Jackman's part, anyway, because you know that FOX is not going to let such a massively popular character just go away. Sad as it is to see old Wolvie bid adieu, it's equally as satisfying to see him go out in a blaze of perfection and glory.
This is a dark movie, and to say that it's violent is an vast understatement.
It's also a heartbreaker, so prepare yourselves.
|HE'S SEEN SOME SHIT.|
|AIN'T THAT A BITCH.|
That's all we're saying about the plot.
|BLOOD WILL BE SHED.|
This is a story of loss, and of two men coming to terms with how life moves on, and it was heavy stuff.
Hugh Jackman is a brilliant actor, but there's something particularly extra satisfying in watching him suit up to play Logan. It's the way that his ferociousness is always complimented by a layer of humanity and vulnerability that makes the character, and the way he's portrayed by Jackman, so damn lovable. We're going to miss the hell out of this character.
As much as this is Jackman's movie, it belongs in equal parts to Patrick Stewart, and newcomer Dafne Keen. Stewart's Professor X broke our hearts in this one. Watching the most powerful mind on earth wasting away from a degenerative brain disease was tough, especially since we know that Professor X was such a benevolent and caring man throughout his life. As for Dafne Keen, Her X-23 was a brooding, silent death machine, and it's quite possible that she racked up more severed heads and brutal deaths throughout the move than even Logan did. Kudos to that little girl, who is probably sweet in everyday life, for making us believe that she's a feral killer.
The relationship between the three of them, especially between Logan and Professor X, is what drives the film, and what makes it such a dark and emotionally powerful ride. Professor X saved Logan, and made him into what he is, and you could say that in some ways Logan saved Xavier along the way too, and to see them both there at the end of their lives, with only each other to count on, was both beautiful and heartbreaking. Of course the addition of the little girl to the mix brought some humanity back to them both, and in the end, gave them a sort of peace.
It's a love story, folks. Everything always is.
The one bitch that I have about this movie is Logan's death. We pretty much knew that it was coming, what with the film's somber tone being heavily advertised, and with knowing that Jackman is done with the role, but the way that they did it...
Sure, he went out in grand, berserker rage fashion, but the character of Logan didn't really find much peace in the end. With everything he's gone through, and with everyone he's lost, we selfishly wanted him to have a minute to enjoy some happiness, not just save the kids, then die. It felt very abrupt, and as appropriate and needed as it may have been, it left us on a bit of a downer.
Logan was a tortured soul who found very little peace at the end, or at least got very little time to enjoy it.
|AT LEAST HE GOT A PIECE OF THAT GUY'S FACE!|
|"YEAH, CHARLES. YOU DID DO THAT!"|
|NO HOLDS BARRED.|
|HE LIKES IT.|
- There are no after-credits scenes in this one.
- In the comics, X-23 goes on to be the new Wolverine.
- That Rictor kid is the son of Avalanche in the comics, and he goes on to join The New Mutants.
- The name Nathan Summers is seen in the phone booth during the _________ promo before the movie, and is listed as "cumming soon." That's Cable, the mutant son of Scott Summers and Jean Grey, and he's a pretty big deal.
- Logan remembers "What happened in Westchester" which is to say that 7 people died from Professor X losing control of his powers. We can only guess at who they were...
|WHO KNEW HE HAD SUCH RANGE?|
This is one movie that deserves to bee seen on the big screen.
Logan is playing now in theaters everywhere.
Logan, we thought that we'd give our readers who like the men a few pics of Hugh Jackman, because he's awesome. And dreamy, I suppose. The 4th one is our fave.