Logan Review (Spoiler-Free)
Logan is a truly fitting end for the iconic character after 9 movies. It's not the X-Jet, Xavier School for the Gifted, Cerebro, Danger Room X-men we've been used to. This is a gritty, dirty look at two of our favorite mutants dealing with old age and the realization that their powers, even Logan's rapid-healing abilities, can't beat Father Time. Logan is driving a limo for hire under his birth name and just wants to be left alone and not recognized by anyone as "Wolverine". Charles Xavier is trying to control his telekinetic powers in his old age. They end up coming into contact with a young girl who shares some of the same traits as Logan who is wanted by a group that wants to create a mutant army and they are forced into being a "family" as they try to stay ahead of their enemies. I don't really want to say more about it to avoid any spoilers other than it was probably in my top 3 of the X-Men movies along with X2 and First Class.
Hugh Jackman has made the character his own and there's no way anyone else can fill that role and I think this movie does his him justice seeing as it's his final time playing the character and I think it's his best one. I wouldn't be surprised to see a new movie with the girl, Laura (Dafne Keen), as the lead. She is great in this role even if she doesn't have a plethora of lines. Patrick Stewart is always great as Charles Xavier, even injecting some much-needed comic relief into this dark storyline.
I especially enjoyed the fact that while of course CGI is used for some effects, most everything else was done practically and really pulls you into the movie as it's as realistic as it can be.
"Logan" is definitely not for kids who are used to seeing the PG-13 X-Men movies. This one is rated "R" and for good reason. There is a fair amount of swearing but not over the top, the violence however is definitely graphic. Also if you have problems with on-screen violence perpetuated against children or done by children to adults, prepare yourself.
"Logan" will pull at your heart strings as we witness the Wolverine on his final ride. I give it 4 X's out of 4 X's
P.S. there is no after-credits scene. The director, James Mangold, decided to not put one because as he said:
"We were trying to make a movie that begun and ended on its own terms. There was nothing else to say, because we had said it.”
"Logan" is now available on DVD, Blu-Ray, 4k and digital formats.