The X-Men movie series has lasted for 17 years, and has its ups (X2, First Class, Days of Future Past, Deadpool…) and downs (Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Apocalypse). Because each movie takes place in different years, and DOFP basically reset everything, it almost takes a degree in quantum physics to figure out the timeline. There has been one constant throughout most of the series however, and that is Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. With Logan, there will now be 10 movies in the X-men universe, and Jackman has appeared in all but Deadpool (Apocalypse and First Class were just cameos though). He is clearly the glue that holds it all together, and now after almost two decades, Jackman is bringing his reign as the character to and end. The question is, is he leaving on a high or a low note?
In the not too distant future, almost all mutants have been wiped out (I won’t spoil how) and Logan, aka Wolverine, has become a shell of his former self. He’s finally aging, and his healing ability isn’t what it used to be. He spends his days taking care of a sickly Prof. Charles Xavier, who has been rendered almost comatose. Logan just wants it all to end, until one day a young girl named Laura enters their lives with the same powers as him. When the bad guys come looking for her, Logan takes Charles and Laura and the three go on the run. Loosely based on the Old Man Logan comic book series.
While Jackman has always been great as Logan, giving the movie a hard “R” rating does wonders for the character. Now that he can give the role a bit more bite, he makes this older version Wolverine his best performance yet. Patrick Stewart also plays a very different version of Professor X than we’re accustomed to (and also has some fun with the “R” rating.) The real breakout here is Dafne Keen, in her first movie role, as young Laura. She spends the movie almost entirely mute, and convincingly portrays her characters through various emotions. If there are any X-men movies that take place in the future, I’m comfortable with her leading the way.
Once again, the “R” rating is a godsend here. Having a character such as Wolverine limited by a PG-13 rating is a travesty. The character is supposed to be brutal and violent. Allowing Logan to unleash his full potential is the best thing that could have happened. The violence displayed on the screen is so gory and crazy, it’s almost masterful.
After watching nine other X-men movies, I can truly say this may be the best of the lot. Just please don’t go in expecting anything similar to all the others. This is depressing, deadly serious, violent and intense. And it is all the better for it.