Hey guys! A few weeks ago I was at the cinema with my friend to see the new X-Men film Logan. I love Marvel and DC and all the stuff they bring us and I practically grew up watching X-Men. So it makes sense I was desperate to see this piece. Before I actually did, I watched some talk shows, where the hosts were interviewing either Hugh Jackman (as Logan) or Sir Patrick Stewart (as Charles Xavier). They were talking about this film as if it were their baby, haha. They both said they wanted it to be really deep and moving and showing Logan and Charles getting older and older and they wanted to show the consequences it brings. And in addition, my other friends were just amazed by the quality of the film and recommended me to see it as soon as possible. So I did and here’s what I thought about it…
Note: I divided this review to two parts, because there might be people who haven’t seen it yet (although it seems to me that I’m the last person on the planet who has seen it only now). So, first part is for the people who don’t know about this movie and the second one is full of spoilers for those who want to know my opinion. (And don’t worry, I’ll divide these parts very visibly.)
So, for those of you who haven’t seen this film yet, I’m going to briefly introduce you to the story, or at least to the base of the film. (Don’t worry, no spoilers here.)
I suppose you’ve seen (some of) the previous X-Men films, so you know what Logan and others are like. Well, the story takes place in the future, when the mutants are already mostly accepted by the society. The thing is, there are not many of them left nor they are being born.
From the first look you can see Logan is getting old and something’s bothering him. He’s not as badass and invincible as he used to be. The same thing is happening to Charles Xavier, who also suffers from a disease. The two of them are living alone, hidden, just only surviving.
Then there’s this girl. This special mutant girl with a great temper, who surely attracts an interest of far too many people. And from the moment they meet her, their lives are suddenly changed forever…
Now, if I may suggest: You MUST see the film. I was so amazed by it I couldn’t fall asleep that night, haha. No, seriously. It’s well made, the special effects are of a great quality and the story is really thought through and makes sense (which you can’t say about many films these days). It was such a nostalgia for me, watching this piece. Hugh Jackman handled the role fabulously, as usual, the same stands for Sir Patrick Stewart. I loved Dafne Keen’s acting as well, her character is so awesome. I can’t say much more without giving away the details, but I suggest you see it for yourself. ;)
Warning, below this line begins the part of the article with huge spoilers! Please don’t read further if you don’t want to know the details of the story.
So, in this part I’d like to give my honest opinion and feelings about the film. I’m going to start with Logan.
We all love Logan aka Wolverine aka the most badass X-Men person ever. He has such a specific character, which was fortunately maintained in this film as well. He has an animal, rough behaviour and he (as he didn’t in the previous films) doesn’t trust anybody but Charles and other X-Men. About this: because I knew that Logan would be much older in this film, I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t “make” Logan as they did before, as in with these character qualities and the badassness. But even with his age and physical health, he still maintains the young self inside him.
As I’ve already said, Logan is old. And I must say, watching him struggle with a few guys, who would be a piece of cake for him before, is kind of devastating for the viewer. (Or at least for me it was.) Suddenly you realise he isn’t the invincible Wolverine anymore and this reality makes you a bit insecure about what happens next…
Next main character, Charles Xavier, went through major changes in terms of behaviour. We all know the wise old man, who always sees the light in everyone; well, that cute bald mutant on a wheelchair is someone TOTALLY different now. He suddenly uses vulgar language, swears a lot and looks very skinny and weak. He suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and is having these seizures, which can literally kill people – his brain, the most powerful brain in the world, is sick and uncontrollable. Charles is also having these moments when he rumbles and speaks nonsense. Logan has to buy him tons and tons of medicaments to prevent the seizures from happening, which isn’t very easy, having almost no money to begin with.
The change of the language was very shocking for me, because he certainly didn’t speak this way before. He was this cute professor, very nice to everyone; but now he doesn’t hesitate to use words like “fuck you, you bastard” at all. I was a bit disappointed by it, but I understand that it had to be done for the sake of the story.
On the other hand, he keeps his innocence during the film. After one of the seizures he kept and kept apologising to everyone, saying he was sorry and he didn’t want this to happen. That scene specifically was very sad, thinking about it…
The last of the main characters is someone new. It’s a mutant girl named Laura, who has the same abilities as Logan. She was “created” and raised in an illegal laboratory, together with other artificially created young mutants.
What I really love about Laura is that she is (almost literally) an animal. Her behaviour is very “unhuman”, she has a great temper and doesn’t speak at all for the major part of the film. When she wants something and she can’t get it, she just starts kicking around her, screaming and trying to achieve things by using violence. The same when she feels threatened. She wasn’t taught any manners – she eats with her hands and is very distrustful.
The only thing I can’t get over my mind is that we are eventually told that she’s Logan’s daughter, but it isn’t really explained further… (Or maybe I just didn’t catch that.)
The character I wasn’t sure about was the duplicate of Logan – the puppet of the bad guys, who was in a full strength (in contrast to Logan himself), having the same abilities as Logan. I was having trouble with the fact that he looked exactly like Logan. I’m not sure why he did.
I’d like to say a few things about the two major deaths in this film – death of Charles and Logan himself.
I expected Charles would die, but still, when it actually happened, it brought me to tears. He died with a smile on his face, which was even more frustrating for me. I don’t really know how I feel about the scene after, though – the thing is, Charles dies and there’s no time to grieve, because the bad guys are chasing Logan and Laura. And that’s the thing – there’s no time to grieve even for the viewer, because the story just goes on immediately. Logan buries Charles and that’s it. I like it and hate it at the same time, really.
Nevertheless. What I didn’t expect was Logan’s death. It just came very slowly and minutes before it happened I was already suspicious that something would happen, but not this. What I expected was that he would live, maybe with, maybe without the children, but he would be alive. And the ending would be like “and again, Logan is alone and lost, and in addition weak and sick; the end”. But he just ended…
When it happened, I was like “WHAT?!” and even forgot to breathe. I finally started crying when Laura tilted the cross on his grave to an X (which was also the end of the film itself). I consider it truly honourable and amazing ending.
(Me and my friend even waited at the cinema until the end of the credits and there wasn’t anything – usually they put additional scenes behind the credits, which either point out that there’ll be a next film, or are just something extra. That way we knew it really was the end of Logan and the X-Men mutants themselves…)
These are all my thoughts about the film Logan. I hope you enjoyed reading and if you did, drop a like or two, it really helps. If you’ve seen the film, you can also comment any of your thoughts below. ;)
Have a wonderful day xo