One of the highlights of my childhood was Saturday morning cartoons. The idea of sitting on your couch watching four hours of cartoons was a treat I waited patiently for every week. At the time, the one show I always looked forward to seeing was the old-school X-Men cartoon show. Before the anime invasion that swept the U.S. in the late 90s, this show was what all the kids were into back in the day, which introduced us to the likes of Cyclops, Rogue, Professor X, Magneto and the baddest of them all: Wolverine. You can just imagine how psyched I was in 2000 when I found out from some of my classmates that a live-action film based on the comics was coming. My mind was racing with so many questions: what arc will they cover? Which mutants will we see in the film? Will we see the infamous costumes? (Sadly no). But the one question I only cared about was who was going to play the infamous Wolverine. Hugh Jackman was relatively an unknown before X-Men which made me wonder why'd they give the role to someone nobody ever heard of. I see the irony of it all now after watching Logan because there is seriously no other person that could portray Wolverine as decorously and heartfelt as Hugh Jackman did in the near 20 decades playing the iconic mutant in the film franchise.
Logan's plot takes place in the very near future where mutants are now becoming an extinct race. Logan (Hugh Jackman) is one of the last remaining mutants and the only one still alive from his old X-Men team. After many years, Logan is no longer the fierce warrior he once was as his age has finally caught up with him. His claws no longer retract the same, his wounds don't heal completely, and he has developed an addiction to alcohol and drugs to drown out the epiphany that he is now feeling the weakness that is mortality. Logan leads a bleak and colorless life; he works as a limo chauffeur to make money and looks after an ailing Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) who's mind has grown ill due to a disease that causes him to lose control of his telepathic abilities. One day, at a funeral, a woman named Gabriela (Elizabeth Rodriguez) recognizes him and asks for his
aid to help her and a little girl name Laura (Dafne Keen) to cross the Canadian border. At first, Logan refuses the job but he unwillingly accepts when he encounters Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook), the head of security for a pharmaceutical company called Transigen, who is after Gabriela and Laura. The reluctant Wolverine is called into action once more as he must protect Laura in his most violent and desperate mission yet. Rarely do comic-book films transcend their primary genre and excel in other categories; the last movie that did that was 2008's The Dark Knight which was a terrific crime-drama film as it was a summer blockbuster. Logan stands as one of the very few films that feels more than just a superhero film. It's a terrific Western, a brilliant character-study, a superb summer blockbuster, and a satisfying closer to one of the most enduring and iconic characters in cinema. Logan doesn't preoccupy itself with cameos or huge action set-pieces; it's focus is mainly and intentionally on Logan as we see him dealing with everyday problems such as aging, the reluctance of helping others and trying to find some sort of solace to a reclusive and abandoned existence. Logan is a dark, mature film that perfectly caps the final page of the mutant's odyssey in the most satisfying way possible. Hugh Jackman has faithfully played Wolverine for so long but Logan now stands as his supreme performance and shows true dedication not just for the film but for fans [such as myself] who have grown up with this character. Patrick Stewart is, as always, at the top of his game as Professor X and gives his last hurrah as Logan's mentor and father figure. Dafne Keen as Laura makes a star-in-the-making performance and will definitely have a bright future in the franchise. Watching Logan actually made me choke a bit, knowing this would not only be the final chapter of Wolverine's story but Hugh Jackman's final bow as the popular mutant. Logan is without question the Wolverine movie we've waited for so long and is the perfect sendoff to the character. Not only is this one of the best superhero films of all time but also Marvel's best film ever and without question the perfect comic-book film ever made. And that's not an opinion; it's fact. Logan is now the new standard in comic-book film adaptations that will be hard to top for a long time to come. It is one of, if not, the best film of 2017 and the finest performance Hugh Jackman has ever done. We will miss you dearly old friend.