“There’s no living with a killing. There’s no going back from it. Right or wrong, it’s a brand, a brand that sticks. There’s no going back. Now, you run on home to your mother and tell her, tell her everything’s alright, and there aren’t any more guns in the valley.”
X-Men will forever be one of my favorite series. Wolverine has always been one of my favorite characters in the series, and getting to see this film really do justice in tying everything together was great. I can’t say I’ve seen a Marvel movie I’ve enjoyed as much as this one in a while. Going into the film, I had the most high of expectations because of things I had heard from friends and family, and it did not disappoint on any level. It was beautifully tragic.
The year is 2029, and mutants are basically nonexistent anymore. We open scene with Logan asleep in the back of a limo, obviously after a heavy night of drinking. He’s awoken by the sound of someone outside of his vehicle We get to see him kick some major ass within the first fifteen minutes of the movie. Have I mentioned that Wolverine/Logan/James Howlett/Hugh Jackman gets better looking with every passing day? Anyway, back to the movie. We learn that Logan has a job as an Uber driver/chauffeur. We also learn that he is very sick. At one of his chauffeur jobs, he meets a young Mexican woman named Gabriela. She pleads for help and he thinks she is crazy. Logan has Charles/Professor X hidden away in a secret location in Mexico across the border.
After encountering Gabriela, Logan gets a strange visit from a man who works for Transigen, he is interested in Gabriela and what he told Logan. He says if he sees her or if she contacts him to give him a call. Later in the day, Logan gets a request for a pick-up for two people. He arrives, only to see that it is Gabriela who called him. She is offering him $50,000 to drive her and her daughter Lauren to North Dakota. He reluctantly accepts, only returning the next day to find Gabriela dead and Lauren missing. He returns to Mexico to see Charles and finds out Lauren secretly got in the car with him. Soon after, people from Transigen arrive looking for Lauren. Logan tries to get Charles away since he’s done a good job of keeping him hidden for so long, but Charles won’t let him leave without Lauren, telling him Lauren is a mutant. We learn that Charles is right and Lauren is very much like Logan.
There are a lot of plot details I don’t want to get too into in hopes of not spoiling the smallest thing for viewers who haven’t gotten to see yet, but what I can say is if you’re hoping for something tragic and beautiful, and a wonderful end to a story, this is it. Everything from the beginning to the middle to the end was perfect. I couldn’t be more pleased with this.
As far as acting goes, we all know how great of a job Hugh Jackman does as Wolverine. He’s got the part down perfect. He knows exactly what he’s doing in this role and I’ve honestly never been able to imagine anyone different doing it. His performance in this film was no different, in fact, I think it was one of his better performances, if not the best. He’s damaged and he’s been through a lot, and Jackman knows exactly how to play the part. Patrick Stewart has never been anything less than perfect as our very own Professor X/Charles Xaiver. We get to see a different side of him in this film, he’s sick and has a degenerative brain disease. But he’s still the same character we all know and love. The performance I really want to talk about here is Dafne Keen, who plays newcomer Lauren, and does a fantastic job. Keen doesn’t speak up until probably the last thirty minutes of the film, so her performance is just that–a performance. She’s fantastic. She has guts, she’s got a little bit of a wild side, and honestly, she’s Wolverine made over. No one could have taken this role and made it what she did. She has the same unstable mood and a taste for violence, just like Logan. I honestly will be surprised if she’s not given some kind of nod this year for her part. She’s the real winner in this film.
Overall, I think this could be noted as one of the greatest superhero movies of all time. It really went there. It’s got an R rating, and for good reason. There’s a grittiness about it, the blood, violence, language, content, everything about it. It went above and beyond what it could have done, and I think it went above what many people had expectations for. If I sat down and made a list of my favorite superhero movies to date, I think this one would make the top five, potentially the top three.
Do yourself a favor, go watch this. And please take a box of tissues if you haven’t already somehow stumbled across spoilers, you’re going to need them. Even if you accidentally read what happens like me, you’ll still need the tissues.
Rating: 9 out of 10