Wolverine has always been my favorite of the X-Men. I know, me and everyone else, right? He’s got a skeleton covered in adamantium (super metal for you non-fans out there…..I’m sure there’s one or two of you), claws that come out of his fists, heightened animal senses, super strength and agility, and a regenerative healing ability that makes him damn near invincible. What’s not to like? Sure, all of that is great, but that’s not why he’s my favorite. I love Wolverine for the same reason I love Raphael of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, personality.
He’s a loner, he’s always angry, he’s full of regret from the things he’s done, and he pushes the people who care about him away because he thinks it’s better for them. I guess it’s not so much Wolverine I like, but Logan, the man behind the claws. From that perspective, the previous eight appearances Hugh Jackman has made as Logan have been less than impressive (not that it had anything to do with Jackman’s performance), but finally, Marvel has given Logan, and us the fans, the movie we all deserve.
In the not too distant future, mutants have almost completely been eliminated and there hasn’t been a mutant birth in years. Logan and Charles Xavier, Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Enterprise), are in hiding, south of the Mexican border. Xavier has a degenerative brain disease and Logan is clearly suffering from some sort of unknown illness which is affecting his abilities as well as overall health. A nurse, who formally worked for a company that is trying to create mutant soldiers, tries to hire Logan to transport her and Laura, a young mutant girl, to a safe haven in Canada. Logan must overcome a small army, a genetically designed mutant, illness, and his own personality flaws to keep the young girl safe.
The Good News:
As stated earlier, this is the Wolverine movie that both Logan and his fans deserve. In the first five minutes, Logan contains more blood and cursing than all of the previous X-Men combined. This perfectly sets the tone for the entire movie. Marvel delivers a dark and gritty superhero film the way it’s supposed to be made. Take note DC, a movie doesn’t have to be shot completely in grays and muted tones, at night, or in bad weather to get that kind of feel. Logan uses the talent of it’s cast to create depth, and a well-written story to give the film a dark feel. Jackman and Stewart deliver their best performances in what both have said will be the last time in their respective roles (I really hope they change their minds).
The Bad News:
As far as anything negative I have to say, even I would consider it nitpicking. Did Weapon 24 have to look like a Wolverine clone? No, and I didn’t like it. Could the villains be more fleshed out? Yes, but that’s not what the story is about. Did I want to know more about what was wrong with Xavier and Logan? Absolutely, but it’s not what’s important. The worst part of the movie was that I didn’t get a ticket in advance and had to sit in the far back corner.