- Director – James Mangold
- Writer – Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
- Cast – Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and others
Logan is graying and tired. His claws get stuck and have lost their responsiveness. He’s suicidal and he’s drinking too much, even for him. So, everything you’ve heard turned out to be true. That rage-filled, drunk, foul-mouthed Logan who never got to fully surface in the previous X-Men movies, has finally joined his buddy Deadpool in the world of grown-up cinema.
Logan is the darkest film in the X-Men franchise by a mile. Director James Mangold has crafted an astonishingly bleak, but deeply satisfying and logical chapter in the story of Wolverine. Fox’s Logan takes place in the near future of 2029 and sees an old, ailing, retired Wolverine simply trying to make his way in the world and take care of Charles Xavier, who is also suffering and isn’t what he once was. It is a dark time for mutants as their kind seems to be going extinct. But all of that changes when a young, new mutant named Laura comes into Logan and Charles’ life.
Logan earns the hard-R rating. It is a savage and bloody film loaded with expletives. The violence is up close and personal. Heroes and villains shed a lot of blood. There’s also very little science fiction or fantasy elements depicted. It’s nothing like the previous X-Men films from a visual effects level. Professor X is a feeble old man with multiple ailments. Gone is the stalwart leader that protected and nurtured others. Logan, the definition of invincible, is a shell of his former self. But even in his weakest moments, he is the most formidable of adversaries. Laura (Dafne Keen), is a fantastic addition to Wolverine’s on-screen mythos who comes from the pages of Marvel’s comics. Fans will know her as X-23, but for non-comic fans, she’s a variation of Wolverine.
Part of the reason why Logan manages to be so emotionally effective is because it arrives late in the process for Jackman.