Here at Fountain Pop, I tend to stick to Blu-ray and DVD reviews. I love home theatre, love Blu-ray, and I know for many people buying movies can be tedious with the selection out there. So I like to recommend what I like and hopefully ease the burden of choice for consumers out there. But every once in a while I have to review something that is up on the big screen just because it is something that really grabbed me or is really making the movie news. Such a movie is Logan. It just slaughtered at the box office last weekend so I thought I would share my spoiler free thoughts.
Set in the near future, Logan follows iconic X-Men member Logan aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as he keeps a low profile and cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Logan himself is finding issues with his health as well and with very few mutants left in the world, the future looks grim. But his low key existence is given a jump start when he is faced with caring for a young mutant named Laura who bears some striking similarities to Logan himself. And when a powerful corporation comes after Laura seeking her DNA, Logan is forced back into action to protect one of the only mutants left and to perhaps secure the future of mutants’ altogether.
Logan is a very different kind of superhero movie. Gone are the cool outfits, the flashy special effects, the ensemble casts. This is a grim future where heroes are fragile, vulnerable and scared…just like humans. Director James Mangold, who returns after the vastly underrated last outing The Wolverine in 2013, gives Logan a dreary and much more realistic feel to match the new storyline. As Capone over at Ain’t It Cool News brilliantly stated, “it is an epic, violent Western.” And he nailed it. Switch out the characters in Logan for cowboys and land barons and bandits and you have yourself a grade A western. And Jackman is at his brilliant best here in easily his most wrenching performance as Wolverine. Jackman has officially stated this is his last outing as the iconic Marvel character, which is sad news for fans, but he is always a fascinating performer that thrills with everything he does. Some are even hoping he will take the coveted role of host to next year’s Oscars, which would be fine with me.
Logan also features two other performances that match the brilliance of Jackman’s. Veteran actor Patrick Stewart as well turns in his very best performance as the X-Men founder Professor X giving an emotional and powerful turn as the powerful psychic. Stewart as well is bidding farewell to the character. Which brings us to relative newcomer Dafne Keen as Laura. This is one actress to look out for. Her performance as the newest mutant in town is raw, vicious, unhinged and absolutely fantastic. Halfway into the movie I was already hoping that she was going to be in every Marvel movie to come. She has incredible on screen presence and plays effortlessly off of Jackman and Stewart. This is someone to keep our eyes on, the performance of the year so far.
Do yourself a favor and make sure you go see Logan on the big screen. It will be brilliant at home on Blu-ray but trust me, this one is worth braving the spring weather. Very highly recommended.