“Logan ” is not for the faint of heart — not just because of its brutal violence, but because it packs an emotional wallop you don’t typically expect from a comic-book movie.
Featuring Hugh Jackman’s final turn as Wolverine, “Logan” isn’t a shiny, colorful, superhero-style film, either. It’s gritty, dark, and a deeply satisfying conclusion for fans who’ve followed the clawed character through Jackman’s past eight movie outings with the X-Men and alone as Wolverine.
Viewers would need some basic familiarity with these characters to fully appreciate the story told in “Logan.” If you don’t know anything about the relationship between the title mutant and Charles Xavier (Professor X), the experience in this film would be far less impactful.
The movie imagines the hero in a bleak future, his powers waning, his body poisoned, and most of his mutant brethren either missing or dead. The artist formerly known as Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is now a boozer who limps, wears glasses and scrapes.
He drives a limousine and cares for Professor Xavier, a telepath who was once among the greatest minds on the planet but now battles dementia. Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine, is a few dollars away from achieving his final sad dream — buying a boat and sailing away with his old teacher, leaving the X-world behind.
Hugh Jackman is wonderful as Logan, clearly rejuvenated by the added depth of character. Jackman walks with a limp and successfully conveys bigger battles going on inside his indestructible skull.
The year is 2029, and no mutant births have been recorded for 25 years. But into this dismal backdrop comes Laura Kinney, a young girl version of Logan who brings the real Wolverine back in the game.
She’s a mute, 11-year-old who convinces Logan and Charles to hit the road to North Dakota, the location of what she believes is an Eden for young mutants.
As to what happens next … let’s just say that you should expect the most violent showdowns yet in the series, as well as scenes of wrenching emotion.
Nine and a half stars out of ten.