Logan: An Emotional and Rightful Goodbye
Movie Review by Trijai Nerthi (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Director James Mangold’s Logan isn’t your quintessential superhero movie. Because it’s the final installment in the Wolverine series, we don’t see the power-packed, claw-wielding Wolverine that we’ve come to be used to. Instead, we see a man whose powers are finally failing him. Once a powerful mutant with a scrawny beard, James Logan is now an old man dying a slow and painful death caused by adamantium poisoning. His final journey is made worthwhile when he discovers his mutant daughter Laura.
While there are no exciting fight sequences in this final installment, there are violent outbursts by a man overcome with darkness. The film’s slow narrative is essential to the plot’s outcome, and the director’s character arc development will leave you overwhelmed with emotion. Despite not being an unconquerable hero, you will find yourself bidding an emotional goodbye to the invincible Logan, a man whose heart has been softened by parenthood, if only briefly. Director James Mangold’s ability to tell a visual story that doesn’t make noise yet leaves silent footprints in your heart is astounding.
With all the mutilation and body jolting violence that is present in the film, its A certification isn’t a surprise. Even so, it isn’t disturbing because the violence is justified. The way Logan makes his exit could have been better written. As the end draws near, the climax sequence grows increasingly predictable, making the entire action sequence towards the end look staged.
The technical components of the film, including John Mathieson’s cinematography, aren’t mind blowing. They complement the screenplay but lack a certain cutting edge innovation. The production design and music fail to push boundaries, instead just fulfilling their respective purposes.
In his final appearance as the majestic Wolverine, Hugh Jackman delivers an impressive performance. The spotlight in this film isn’t on his charisma, instead focusing on his moods, his downfall and the occasional hint of arrogance that has failed him over the years. This kind of performance is what really tests his skills as an actor, and he undoubtedly comes out shining.
Dafne Keen as Laura also delivers a promising performance. She emanates an aura of mystery around her and is often surprising you with her unexpected bursts of power and vengeance. Looking into her fiery eyes, you can tell for certain that she is Wolverine’s daughter. She fits effortlessly into her character and leaves you yearning for more.
Logan bids an emotional and rightful goodbye to the legend that is Wolverine, a personality that shines brightly in this dark and slow-moving storyline.