|Fig 1 - Logan Poster|
Directed by James Mangold, Logan follows the titular character in the year 2029. With mutants now on the brink of extinction, Logan works as a limo-driver living on the Mexican border with Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and a fellow mutant named Caliban (Stephen Merchant). Charles is suffering from a neurodegenerative disease that requires the constant care and attention of Logan and Caliban, as his seizures cause a deadly shock-wave that incapacitates those around him. Logan is eventually caught up in a situation which requires him to look after Charles and a young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen), who exhibits very similar powers to his own. They venture on a road trip to the potentially fictional 'Eden', where Laura is convinced there are mutants living, and thus the story commences...
|Fig 2 - Logan - Laura and Logan|
I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of screen-time Stephen Merchant was given as the light-sensitive mutant tracker Caliban, who without his trademark accent would have given an unrecognisable performance. In addition, Dafne Keen delivered a very likeable movie debut as the semi-mute Laura. But without question, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart equally gave outstanding final outings as their respective characters and stole the show for me. If anything, the only disappointing performance came from Richard E. Grant as Dr. Rice, who was somewhat forgettable in his role as the antagonist.
However, I really cannot fault this movie for much. Overall it was just as refreshing as Deadpool (2016) in its approach to the genre and will likely give way to more mature comic-book adaptations. Stan Lee does not make an appearance here, but in many ways I feel it would have taken me out of the reality the film sets up so well. It is gory and foul-mouthed in all the right places, with enough laughs and sentiment to make Logan one of the best films of the year so far. Certainly one of my favourites of the genre to date.
Fig. 1 Logan Poster (2017) From: Logan - Directed by: James Mangold
Fig. 2 Logan Screenshot (2017) From: Logan - Directed by: James Mangold