For those movie-goers who are fans of Hugh Jackman and Wolverine, this film is the final chapter in the Wolverine story and is a must-see. My dissatisfaction with most of the Marvel films is that they are long on CGI and short on character development and plot. This movie, on the other hand, doesn’t have much CGI at all. Written and directed by James Mangold, “Logan” features plenty of well-choreographed fight scenes, but it’s mainly a very good story with well-fleshed-out characters.
The film is set in 2029 and, by this time, mutants have been purged from the human blood line. Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Charles Xavier/Professor X (Patrick Stewart) still remain, but Professor X must live in isolation – he has seizures that are not well-controlled which can kill hundreds of people. Logan has retired as Wolverine, and he’s now working as a limo driver, trying to live out the rest of his life in peace.
Logan is approached by a woman who is in danger. She is with a young girl (about 10) and wants Logan to drive them to North Dakota. Logan isn’t interested at first, but he eventually gets involved. Hot on their trail, however, is a large band of mercenaries led by the very menacing Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook). It’s essentially a road trip/multiple chase scene movie, while in the process illuminating Logan’s inner demons, his complex relationship with Charles, and the evolution of Logan’s relationship with Laura.
I found it about 20 minutes too long (137 minutes total), but it’s a very good comic book/super-hero movie, with a terrific performance by Hugh Jackman. It’s not the type of film which will get him an A.A. nomination for Best Lead Actor, but he is as good as anybody could be in the role. In short, Logan is a movie that you oughtta “sink your claws” into.