In a hideout near the U.S./Mexico border, an aging Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for the ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart). However, their sheltered existence comes to a sudden end when a young mutant girl (Dafne Keen) arrives and needs their help to stay safe. James Mangold directed this film, the third Wolverine-based spin-off of the X-Men franchise. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi
Director: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq La Salle
Release Date: Mar 03, 2017
Rated R for Language Throughout, Brief Nudity and Strong Brutal Violence
Runtime: 2 hr. 15 min.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Logan is one of the rare comic book movies that works on multiple levels. James Mangold and Huge Jackman had a big task ahead of them trying to give fans the kind of send off that the character deserves. Both seemed to have a great affinity for the character and it shows onscreen. Mangold delivers a somber dour film that’s as exciting as it’s moving. There’s an added depth to the character that gives Jackman more to work with than he’s had in previous solo films. As such, it’s a meatier more well rounded performance even though the basic story of child and guardian is well worn. Patrick Stewart also delivers an excellent performance as aged Professor X. Stewart is clearly having a grand time in the role since the script gives him something different to do than just sit in the wheelchair and look stately. Dafne Keen is a revelation as X-23. Keen is able to deliver an impressive performance even though it’s mostly done with limited dialogue. It’s a pivotal character and if the child actor wasn’t as strong, the film wouldn’t have been as good as it ended up being. Logan is a strong film but it does drag in a few spots. Certain sections feel like they could have been cut all together making the film a sleeker and better film. Even with those issues, Logan finally nails the heart of the character which is a perfect way to end Jackman’s tenure in the role.