Logan Gives a New Hope & Bittersweet Ending to The X-Men Superhero
We were thrilled after hearing Marvel announced a solo spinoff for one of their most loves mutant character from X-Men, Wolverine. In 2016, it was revealed that the official title for the superhero who has the ability of self healing would be “LOGAN”. We finally had a chance to watch the film which is directed by James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, and a newcomer Dafne Keen. LOGAN is set in the future in 2029 and by then, mutant race has been wiped away and becomes remnant of the past. Logan (Hugh Jackman) as the very last of the mutant who still exists prefers to be on the down low and he works as a limousine driver on the Mexican border. He lives with another two mutants, Caliban and Charles Xavier a.k.a Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart). Professor X who once used to be so powerful, is now facing deterioration in his mental state.
The world has forgotten that once mutants existed on earth. One day, Logan has to do a difficult request from a mysterious woman named Gabriella, to keep a young girl safe from danger and take her to a safe place. While he refuses the task as much as he could, he is taken aback after finding out that the young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) has the same ability as he is. So his mission continues and he has to put out his claw once again to protect her at all cost. James Mangold is able to put out a touching and also heartfelt story in LOGAN with an action packed scenes. It is a dark, yet very humane movie that shows a growth in Wolverine’s character. Hugh Jackman portrays a very relatable superhero character that also go through what a mere human experiences. As the last movie for both Wolverine and Professor X, it would be hard to imagine these characters portrayed by other actors. Per usual, the movie has this light and sarcastic jokes a la Marvel thrown here and there.
Moreover, the character of Laura proves that the superhero genre has now shifted its direction towards female heroine and it works. As her first debut in major motion picture, Dafne Keen who is the daughter of English actor Will Keen and Spanish actress Maria Fernandez gives her superb acting as Laura. She could project a tough image and the carelessness of a teenager with her extraordinary ability. Her interaction with Wolverine in this movie flows naturally and we fell in love instantly with her character. Logan also showcases a bittersweet ending for the two characters with the rest of the mutants. Even more so the movie also gives us hope that the mutant race will still persist, no matter how many people who’d love to see them gone. It’s a must watch movie for those X-Men die hard fans!