Director: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
Back in San Diego Comic Con 2015 in Fox’s presentation Hugh Jackman teased which story from Wolverine’s saga will be adapted in the next movie. Speaking to a massive crowd in Hall H, Jackman said, “I’ve got three words for you guys : Old Man Logan”. Jackman also told fans that this will definitely be his last time playing the popular X-Men character : “ As I promised, this next time is my last time putting on the claws, it’s one last time.”
Since then, a lot of fans has been speculating and predicting things about how the story would become, knowing that there are many characters from the “Old Man Logan” comic book wouldn’t be possible to take part in the movie, namely an old blind Hawkeye, a dinosaur covered in Venom symbiote, Hulk’s violent and twisted grandchildren, and many more, due to Fox not owning their rights in the first place.
A quick look back the source itself, “Old Man Logan” comic book, illustrated by Steve McNiven and written by Mark Millar, tells a story about Logan in his old age, after being tricked into slaughtering the X-Men, Logan refuses to pop his claws ever again. With him out of the picture and the X-Men killed, villains began to take over and kill many of the iconic Marvel heroes in the process.
Fast forward to the present, now we get to see how the actual movie really is. Titled Logan, directed by James Mangold (also directed The Wolverine, 2nd Wolverine movie installment, 2013), Hugh Jackman makes his final time playing the mutant Wolverine/Logan, Patrick Stewart also once again play as an old and sick but still powerful Charles Xavier, and Dafne Keen as Logan’s “daughter” X-23/Laura. This three characters are the main focus of the movie. Their interactions are the heart of the movie. So Logan is not your usual superhero movie, it feels more like a heartwarming yet tragic family drama, filled with ultra violence and brutal action sequences and foul languages.
The movie starts with an old and weary, already grey haired Logan, in a cheap black suit, heavily drunk, woke up in his car caused by the noise of some Mexican gangster tryin to steal his car’s rim. Being old and also drunk, Logan can’t even manage to scare those gangsters with his already diminished healing factor when he got shot, instead he got bullied. But at this very moment it shows us why the movie is rated R! Logan, getting angry while being kicked repeatedly on the ground, released his animal side, possibly intended to be the movie version of Wolverine’s Berserker Rage, pops out his adamantium claws (one of the claws already jammed and didn’t came out as it’s used to do) and brutally slices and stabs those lowlife humans like piece of papers, killing them very violently like an angry animal. A brutal killing scene that Wolverine fans have been waiting for so long due to all the previous movies weren’t rated R.
The movie shows us what kind of job Logan do for a living, he’s some kind of an Uber driver now, picking up and dropping various passengers, while secretly hiding his former identity as the X-Men Wolverine. And then we got introduced to the smelting plant as seen in a series of teaser photos shared by Hugh Jackman himself on Instagram. This derelict smelting plant at the edge of an abandoned oil field is actually a hideout where Logan cares for a weakened Charles Xavier. Joined by Caliban, sheltering in obscurity at a time when the world believes mutants have passed into history. Logan’s dreams was to collect a lot of money to buy a ship so they can sail to a safer place to live, while Xavier’s dreamt of new mutants appearing somewhere. This dream or vision turns out to be true, but Logan kept telling Xavier that is nonsense.
Logan’s main story start when a mysterious woman asked Logan to take her and her daughter, young girl called Laura to a place in North Dakota. Promised with a lot of money, Logan accepts, but soon found out that the girl was actually not her daughter, and The Reavers are after them. The Reavers are an army led by a murderous cybernetic criminal Donald Pierce, played by Boyd Holbrook. Logan and Xavier witnessed and learned that Laura’s also a mutant who has powers remarkably like his own: from her hands as well as her feet spring the same adamantium claws as Wolverine’s, when she single handedly violently killed some of The Reavers.
Tasked with protecting her, Logan and Professor X set out to cross hostile territory to ferry Laura to a place called Eden, where young mutants are said to enjoy safe haven. But Pierce and his fearsome army of cyborgs are determined to return the girl to the custody of Dr. Zander Rice, played by Richard E. Grant, the sinister geneticist behind Alkali who triggered her mutations through a series of inhumane experiments in the hopes of creating a child super-soldier. As the story progressed, we learned that Dr. Zander also successfully created X-24, a clone doppelganger of Logan.
From here, the movie is all about the relationship and the emotional bond between Logan, Laura and Xavier. At first, Logan doesn’t want to help. He doesn’t want anything to do with it. He’s long past the stage in his life where he reacts to people’s pleas and cries for help. He has come to the conclusion that generally when he helps, things end up worse off. The people he loves end up getting hurt, that if he gets too close, or tries too hard, it ends in pain and loss and destruction as described by Hugh Jackman himself.
Logan is in a unique position to help Laura come to terms with her feelings and channel that overwhelming rage. If Logan serves as a surrogate father to Laura, he’s the prodigal son to Charles Xavier, who is battling a debilitating illness that threatens to harm others as well. “He’s old, he’s ill, but most importantly, he’s dangerous,” says Stewart of Charles. “His powers are out of control and have to be controlled. He’s in peril. And the person who looks after him, mothers him, nurses him, supervises him, argues with him, picks him up off the floor when he’s fallen down is Logan”.
As the story progressed, Xavier, before he died killed by X-24 who he mistakenly thought it was Logan, constantly encouraging Logan to care for the young girl as she is his own daughter, and Laura in her own way starts to taking good care of Logan each time he was angry, desperate or even tired, gradually through the end of the film Logan finally found himself a kind hearted man and a hero once more as he decided to help the new mutant kids escape and also sacrificed himself to keep Laura safe. A very tragic ending.
Laura, being a very silent child at the beginning and can’t express sadness like a normal child finally cried as she holds Logan’s hand, calling him “daddy…” while Logan dies. 😦
So there you have it. The defining chapter in the cinematic saga of one of the greatest comic book heroes ever created. Finally, a Wolverine movie we’ve been waiting for. Even though we may never see a full costumed Wolverine as in the comics. A great story is a great story. Thank you James Mangold. Thank you Hugh Jackman for all the insane dedication portraying my childhood favourite mutant. A great finale, a sweet ending. Goodbye, Wolverine.
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