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'Logan' Review: Bye-Bye, Wolvie

Hugh Jackman’s final SCHNIKT!

March 8, 2017, 12:00 am

You know when Clint Eastwood got old and made Million Dollar Baby and it finally sunk in that even he too would wither and fade right in front of us on the big screen? At first, you feel this way about Hugh Jackman in the latest—and they promise us, sorta, the last—Wolverine movie. But then you realize that Logan is getting old, only he’s not going to go quietly into that good night.

While this is really the bajillionth in a series of long, sometimes-overproduced and complicated tales in the X-Men franchise, it’s true that you don’t really need a lot of backstory to follow along. Wolverine is tired. He coughs and limps. He works as a chauffeur and carries businessmen and bachelorette parties in a limo around a city that resembles El Paso. But like a lot of those battling the marching of time (read: all of us), he’s got some bigger fights ahead.

It’s not just ol’ Wolvie who’s aging, but also Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Once the teacher/savior/organizer for mutants, now it’s X who needs protecting. But what happens when a man whose brain can stop time develops dementia? It’s what one character says is “degenerative brain disease in the world’s most dangerous brain.”

This, and so much more, is on Wolverine’s scarred-yet-still-shapely shoulders. Although “new mutants” were supposed to be a thing of the past, a child with killer instincts and familiar metallic claws arrives in need of saving.

After that, maybe their fights have less in common with our fights. Rated R for violence, there’s a ton of gore in the story—no shortage of decapitations, impalements and claws through the head, eyes, neck and every other bloody part you can think of. Yet somehow when a little girl (a great performance, BTW, from a mostly otherwise silent Dafne Keen) lets out a grunt as she delivers it, you’re rooting for her along with the familiar man with the muscles. He’s old. But he’s still got it.


7

+ A plot you can follow and family ties you can relate to

- Blood, guts and gore at the hands of a kid (editor’s note: she wrong)


Logan
Directed by James Mangold
With Jackman, Stewart and Keen Regal, Violet Crown. R, 137 min.


 

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