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After 17 years and nine movies, Hugh Jackman is ready to hang up the claws for good with the latest Wolverine movie "Logan," the ninth film within Fox’s X-Men cinematic universe.
"Logan" takes place in the near future where mutant-kind is at an all time low and the only remaining X-Men are a weaker and slower-healing Logan, and a very ill Charles Xavier (aka Professor X).
In an attempt to hide out on the Mexican border from the rest of the world, and his legacy, Logan finds himself helping a mysterious mutant child. She shows up one day after he realizes that she’s being pursued by dark forces and he is her only chance at getting to safety.
"Logan" is the second Wolverine movie directed by James Mangold (who also directed "The Wolverine") and stars Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Sir Patrick Stewart as Charles Xaviar/Professor X, Dafne Keen as Laura/X-23, Boyd Holbrooke as Pierce and Stephen Merchant as Caliban.
This was it. The last movie with Fox that Jackman got to star as the cigar smoking, short-tempered superhero (with that fabulous facial hair) we all know and love. It was also the last movie that Stewart portrayed Professor X, so it was neat to have them both start and end in the same movies.
Jackman was one of the reasons why I grew fond of this character so much, and now to see him leave is very saddening, but well-deserved. Playing the same character over the span of 17 years, in nine different movies is honestly a lot to ask from an actor, definitely when you have movie series out there where actors drop out somewhere after the second-fourth installments. Jackman held through, during good and bad, and Mangold sent him out the best way possible.
Thankfully, from the success that "Deadpool" brought to R-rated superhero movies, "Logan" was written and produced in a tone that fit the overall story, but most importantly the character, in the best way possible; dark, serious and brutal.
Yes, you get the blood and gore that people finally get to enjoy on the big screen from more gritty superhero stories, definitely for a character like Wolverine. But the level of seriousness and drama that this story is told with is so beautiful and done well. It’s kind of funny to have this more “artsy” and heavy aesthetic movie grouped up along-side all the other X-Men movies.
Mangold just did an awesome job with it, and it’s really nice to hear him say that the “director’s cut” is the one playing in theaters right now.
Now to give a little realness, this movie wasn’t a home run. There was some vagueness that would have been nice to have gone in a little deeper with to help clarify some parts and characters, and some unanswered questions that should have probably had answers, but it is what it is. It's an overall aesthetic, dramatic, superhero movie.
Thank you Hugh, for bringing life to one of my all-time favorite characters.