A movie review by: Lee Sonogan
(2017) 2h17min/Action, Drama, Sci-fi
Logan: Nature made me a freak. Man made me a weapon. And God made it last too long.
Straight from the start, the movie is very R. With a budget of $97 million, it made $607 million at the box office. Logan is about the near future where a weary Logan takes care of Professor x. Hiding away from the world, it all changes when a young mutant arrives. The characters are old now but, manage to create an interesting overall story that seems fresh. The story most noted for inspiring this film is Mark Millar’s 2008 ‘Old Man Logan’ mini-series. However, the final film bares no resemblance to that comic book, except for minor thematic parallels.
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart return to play the characters Wolverine and professor X. Sir Patrick Stewart lost 21 pounds to play Charles Xavier as elderly and sick. Stewart claimed that he had a steady weight since he was a teenager and had never deliberately lost weight before. Hugh Jackman genuinely held Stewart in all the scenes of Wolverine carrying professor Xavier. On a related note, the two swear a lot in the movie. Added comedy that adds to their characters and perfects some scenes.
This is the last film in which Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine. He has cited his age and his skin cancer as factors in him retiring from the role. He also said that having a discussion with Jerry Seinfeld played a part in retiring the character, as Jerry talked generally about how he wanted to make sure he never got to a point with his television show where audiences were weary of seeing it anymore, saying, “oh, it’s you again.” Jackman felt fortunate to have avoided this for Wolverine and wanted to ensure it never happened. Hugh Jackman said this was the hardest Wolverine movie for which he had ever trained.
James Mangold, the director stated that the film is set in 2029 to avoid any conflict with the time line established in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but that his goal was to make a stand alone film, that was not bound to continuing previous storylines, or setting up sequels. James Mangold also said that the film has a more “human” feel relying very little on CGI and green screens.
Opening at 4,071 theaters in the United States, this film is the widest opening R-rated release in cinema history. Violence, action and a lot of heart. Each scene feels appropriate for each character. Broken, all the main characters unlock their former glory’s in their road trip mission across the country. All round good acting and emotion portrayed on the silver screen. Credit to the kid actor by displaying similarities to the Logan character with class. The ending is what you expect and implemented in a well done way. I recommend the movie to all X-men fans, action lovers and people who want to see a good written story that sums up the X-men series. With out a doubt, there will be more reboots and variations of the wolverine.