Maybe especially for Logan. His healing factor is failing due to age and the adamantium is taking its toll.
Wolverine movies, taken as a whole, are a strange lot. X-Men came in a transitional time closer to the bad old days of comic book movies not being taken seriously. X-Men Origins: Wolverine shows that in its DNA, because the studio was still playing things safe. The Wolverine is, if not perfect, certainly a decent movie, albeit still beset by some of the older ridiculousness. But, Wolverine is allowed to be Wolverine within the confines of a PG-13 rating.
Now, there’s Logan, the end of the Wolverine arc, at least chronologically. Logan is the second Marvel movie to have a hard R. With that rating, Wolverine is free to be a hard drinking killing machine with a mouth like a ship’s worth of sailors. It’s amazing how important that is. Not only Logan, but Charles Xavier gets to swear too. While I don’t have any particular need to see a foul-mouthed Professor X, it does very well fit into the exchanges between an angry old loner and his exasperated father figure whose mind is going. It also makes me wish the Transmetropolitan movie adaptation with Patrick Stewart as Spider Jerusalem had gone somewhere. Because Patrick Stewart angrily swearing is effin’ magical.
Logan is a very well made movie. Director James Mangold conserves detail so tightly that I actually wish he was a little more liberal. Not until the last half hour did I remember “oh, yeah, adamantium retards mutant healing factor.” Also, the exact nature of Charles’ “incurable
coughseizures of death” could use a little more exposition, a little earlier on. However, these are minor problems in a compelling story of lone wolves and corporate clones badly needing family. If I’m scrabbling for problems, it’s only that X 23/Laura’s fighting is a little too polished. The young genetically manipulated clone of Logan should have a wilder, more animalistic fighting style that doesn’t involve bodily flipping men four times her size as if she were mini-Black Widow with claws.
I’m sad to see the end of Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine. It’s disappointing that this may be his last go round with the character. But Logan takes place in 2029, so there is room for the character to feature in more movies, albeit with a new actor. In addition, this is very much a passing-the-torch film. Hugh Jackman as Wolverine bows out, and Dafne Keene as X 23 steps into her future. It may be controversial, but I think we’re out of Wolverine stories. Now we get to have new stories that touch on the same themes, with a fresh character who is more inclined to introspection and reaching out to other characters.
Logan is an entertaining two hour and twenty minute drama that happens to have mutants and cyborgs. I highly recommend fans of Marvel go and see it, but do be aware, that there is no mid-credit scene. Instead, there’s a teaser for the Deadpool sequel prior to the movie.