Logan is the final performance for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. It’s important to point out that he made his debut as the character back in 2000. I feel the legacy and the charisma that Jackman brought to the character is also important to point out because he was the opposite of what Wolverine was in the comics. I personally am not attached to the comic version of Wolverine because the X-Men were before my time, but is still important to give credit where it is due. And Hugh Jackman has really made Wolverine his own over the decade and a half.
On the the movie itself, the trailer is where we will start. It demonstrated that this was a different kind of X-Men movie. It was going to dig its heels in and punch you with emotion. It was going to be grounded and in doing so, ground you as well. The Johnny Cash music fueled this as a quick way of saying ‘shit just got real’.
Logan takes a story, a simple one really, and makes it a masterpiece. The director James Mangold does this by having the cinematography on another level. It is not A Cure For Wellness but it is still really good. The framing of shots made sure to keep everything in perspective for the viewer. This went a long way, whether people were being killed or if it was a quieter moment.
I think that X-Men movies are really just a paycheck for VFX studios, but this movie hits hard with the emotional slower parts. These spacers in between the incredible action may at first seem too slow, but they do their job. They build up the emotion inside you without you knowing, so by the end it wells up. I have “cried” at movies before. Slight watering of the eyes and maybe a tear or two, but this movie had streams coming down my face. It's gut wrenchingly deep with its characters and even has a few surprises in store.
Logan married action with story telling like very few movies can, at least at the level it did it at. It captured me without my realising it and I loved it for it. Logan for me joins the few movies that I can point to for being amazing. A lot of movies can get a nine out of ten, but rarely do they knock at the perfect movie score. Logan knocks, and knocks, until you crack the door to see who it is. So run home to Mama and tell her there are no more guns in the valley. I’ll miss you Hugh Jackman Wolverine, thanks for the 17 years of fun, and you still made me cry at the end of all of it.