It's really tough to write this review because I'm simply not ready to say goodbye. I grew up a fan of the X-Men, and my dream as a 5th grader was for Sir Patrick Stewart to play Professor X should Hollywood ever grace us with an X flick (something I thought would never happen). The first X-Men movie came out when I was a junior in High School and my favorite Star Trek Captain was cast as the head of the Xavier School, the leader of the X-Men. Thankfully, the casting director for that first film did the fans one better, and cast Hugh Jackman, a relatively unknown actor in the states, as Wolverine; undoubtedly one of the most beloved characters in the X-Men universe. For the past seventeen years, Hugh has delighted fans with his brutally honest portrayal of our favorite tortured hero.
Now, say what you want about some of the films in the X-Men and Origins series, you can’t deny Jackman has always given 100% to his role and Logan was no exception.
Set in 2029, we find a weathered Logan and elderly Professor X hiding out in Mexico. As Charles’ health has started to decline, he’s become more dangerous; having seizures that cause temporary paralysis to anyone within a mile radius of the telepath. Logan has taken a job as a limo driver to keep food on the table and to pay for medication needed to sedate Charles, keeping the rest of the world safe. Mutants are all but extinct at this point and the adventures of the X-Men have become the thing of legend.
Logan’s dream is to make enough money to buy a small yacht and spend the rest of his life with Charles living in seclusion on the open seas. While he’s working to try and accomplish this, Charles has been secretly communicating with someone looking for help. Logan is reluctant to get involved and is more concerned with Charles’ safety and remaining out of the spotlight. He’s older now, tired, and unlike most heroes-not interested in one last hurrah.
Now, I’m not one to give away a whole lot in my reviews. I like surprises and I hate reading entire summaries of a films story before I see the thing so if that’s what you’re looking for here, I’m sorry.
I will say however, that this film has done the best at staying true to the comics X-fans have grown up with. People and events are mentioned in this film that have never been presented in the other movies which for super fans is awesome but for Joe Shmo off the street, you won’t get what they’re talking about. Thankfully it doesn’t really effect the overall story, it’s just a nice bonus for lifelong fans. I will also add that if I ever have a daughter, I hope she turns out to be just like Laura or X-23, but you’ll have to see the movie to know what I’m talking about.
Which leads me to the entire point of this article. Holy crap-go see this film.
This wasn’t the epic masterpiece I was hoping for (see the Dark Knight Rises) but it was the perfect ending for such a beloved franchise that has been full of ups and downs for more than a decade. It was raw, full of expletives and bloody action sequences never seen before in the other films. Yet, this is the one that’ll tear at your heartstrings and leave you wanting more. Personally, I wish the story had ended differently but there’s only so much we can ask our actors to do. I hate to say goodbye but even I can’t deny it’s time. Granted, 10 years from now we’ll probably get a new series from a different X universe but let’s be honest, no one will ever live up to Stewart’s Professor X or Jackman’s Wolverine. No one. And for that reason alone, please see this film and say your goodbyes.
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