The year is 2029 and most of the X-Men are dead. On the radio, the host asks, ‘Why are we still talking about mutants?’ The driver of the limousine couldn’t care less as well. He’s old, battered, and bruised which is a far cry from the time when he was younger – the time when his healing factor worked fine. Now, his claws won’t even come out right. That’s because Logan, the mutant we fondly know as Wolverine, is dying.
This is Hugh Jackman’s ninth film portraying the fan favorite character – X-Men, X2, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, a brief appearance in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, a short cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine, and this movie. The actor has expressed his desire to retire the role due to his age and ailment (skin cancer) and what a way to go! Not only is this the best film in the trilogy, in my opinion, it is the best film in the X-Men franchise.
The character, though, wouldn’t have to make an early exit in the cinematic universe because the mantle has now been passed to Dafne Keen’s X-23. Laura, as nicknamed by her creators, is essentially a clone of Logan. There is a facility which experimented with the DNA of mutants in order to create living weapons. However, a few employees would not have any of it and they assist in the children’s escape. Gabriela, one of the nurses, brings Laura with her and together they search for the man called The Wolverine. What follows is a series of chase scenes between Logan (with Professor Charles Xavier and X-23) and the Reavers, a group of bionically-enhanced mercenaries hired by the mysterious research corporation.
I like most of the X-Men movies but this took it to a whole new level for me. It made being a fan of Marvel’s premier superhero team worth it. Prior to Deadpool achieving success as an R-Rated comic book movie, the studio already made up its mind to make the third Wolverine film R-Rated. If you’ve seen it, it certainly lacks the humor of Ryan Reynolds’ passion project. However, it definitely made Logan a more human character. There is a lot of action and the CGI is limited. But that’s exactly what sets it apart. Audiences are able to relate more with the characters because they’re not distracted by things blowing up from time to time.
Hugh Jackman delivered his best performance as the Canadian mutant but the one who stole the show is surely Laura AKA X-23. I kind of wished that she didn’t talk throughout the whole film but I’m not entirely peeved by the direction they took. Patrick Stewart reprised his role as Charles Xavier and his presence in the movie really helped. To be honest, I’ve always admired Professor X because of his vision to help gifted youngsters. His school was no more but he kept pestering Logan about Laura needing their guidance.
One of the biggest surprises has got to be X-24, Wolverine’s near-perfect copy. Earlier in the film, Gabriela mentioned that the scientists experienced a breakthrough and that’s the reason they wanted the previous test subjects eliminated. It was cool to see Logan go up against himself albeit handicapped. He needed help and that was contrary to his ‘lone wolf’ mindset. You can teach an old dog new tricks.
I want to watch it again just to listen more intently to the dialogue. However, I just have to say that I consider the fact that Professor X also swears in this movie. I could understand Logan doing it but the professor? Anyway, I still rate this film 4 out of 5 stars for excellent storytelling and because it feels different from your usual comic book movie. Kudos to James Mangold and the rest of the production team! I hope the X-Men get back on track, too.