Seventeen years after 'X-Men’ began its journey in the cinematic universe, Hugh Jackman, the actor leading the charge as Wolverine, ends his run with a neo-Western road trip through the US-Mexico-Canada heartland.
It’s the near future, 2029 to be precise, and mutants have supposedly been scoured out from the human bloodline. The ailing, creaky, ageing Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and the nonagenarian Professor X (Patrick Stewart), the telepath whose mind is a weapon of mass destruction, are near the end of their era. Logan has ailing Professor X stashed away at a remote outpost on the Mexican border with Caliban (Stephen Merchant) as caretaker. Logan is still trying hard to lead a normal life, chauffeuring the rich and obnoxious around in his 24 Chrysler Limousine. The adamantine poisoning is taking its toll though and an unwitting addition, a young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen), has been thrust under his care. A team of mercenaries, led by Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and Reavers, are hot on the trail of the young girl and many others like her.
Logan is built on the premise that the central character is a human first. Now that his superhero powers are on the decline, but his human traits come into the fore and Hugh Jackman does full justice.
While the action is visceral and explosive, it’s laid out in great depth and detail, thus allowing for more intensity and engagement for the audience. Logan’s decline and that one last stand, takes us much deeper into his psychological recesses (more than ever before), allowing for an understanding of the man and his demons to the extent that we can even feel his pain – at least fleetingly. Poignancy and humour are branded in through a chance contact with the outside world - a loving family caught up in discriminating circumstances.
The screenplay written by Scott Frank, Mangold and Michael Green uses formula and sentimentality to sharpen the relationship bonds within. The characters are easy to empathise with. The fight action choreography, background score and expansiveness of the road movie narration come through naturally. Even the CGI here is less obvious. All through the runtime, you are enveloped by a feeling of inevitability. The time has obviously come to say goodbye to our mutant superhero. And this by far is the most befitting tribute to his heroics!