Starring Hugh Jackman (Chappie, The Prestige), Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Green Room), and newcomer Dane Keen (as X-23), this is easily the best instalment of the X-Men franchise yet. A much more personal story with smaller stakes, Logan companies the brilliant acting by Jackman, Stewart, Keen, and (Boyd) Holbrook with a great director and script. Though the other powers that raised throughout the film were a little hard to take seriously, the films had some genuinely brilliant and heartfelt moments. Though both Jackman and Stewart have said that this is their final performance as their respective characters [SPOILERS] I am worried that Jacman will be stuck wth playing X-24 from now on. Logan was blatantly set up to carry on with younger characters for potential sequels for the already screwed-up timeline that the X-Men films have but was still great standing alone (though some references to the previous films may be lost if the other films are not watched first). The movie also earned its hard R rating, with even the opening scene being incredibly intense and gruesome.
When the adamantium in Wolverine’s skeleton has begun to poison him and his healing factor is waning, Logan has become a taxi driver to earn money and attempts to live out his days in peace. When he discovers X-23, however, a young female clone of him, he is forced to take her under his wing and get her to safety and away from the people that created her and are now trying to kill her.
There were several continuity mistakes and the childrens’ powers were a little silly but otherwise I have no complaints.
Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟🌟⭐
1) The title of the film is Logan. This is a reference to Mark Millar’s graphic novel Old Man Logan, and was deliberately chosen to form an opposite from The Wolverine.
2) It was believed that after the sucess of Deadpool, 20th Century Fox decided to aim for an R rating for this film, unlike the other Wolverine movies. However, it was confirmed in an interview with X-Men producer Simon Kinberg that this was not the case, and the R rating was always going to happen.
3) The trailer includes the song Hurt performed by Johnny Cash. James Mangold, this film’s director, directed the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. When asked why he chose the song for the trailer he said “It was to set itself apart from other superhero movies”. He has revealed that Logan will have a more “human” feel to it as it focuses on an old and hurting Logan in the future where the mutants are dying off.
4) In the UK, the first wide release showing of this film was at the unusual time of 10:23pm, rather than the usual midnight showing for a major release. This is a reference to the film including the character of X-23. X is the Roman numeral for 10.
5) This was the third collaboration between Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold. Having previously worked together on Kate & Leopold and The Wolverine.
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