I can think of no better way for Hugh Jackman to retire from the role of Logan. This film had absolutely EVERYTHING. Violence, humour, brilliant acting, and so. much. sadness. Honestly, I’m so in love with this film. it is the X-Men film we deserve.
Warning: Spoilers ahead!
In this film, it is hinted at that there are no more mutants. It’s one of the few questions I had leaving the cinema, but a minor one at that. My guess is that they had been hunted down and killed, and therefore unable to become the next step for mankind because they were… well, dead.
When we meet over loveable, albeit extremely grumpy and a wee bit violent, hero, we discover that he’s dying. His regeneration abilities have slowed to the point where he might as well not have them. But we all know that Logan is old, so it’s not surprising that his age is finally catching up to him. We even know it’s coming for most of the film. He’s slower, stumbles frequently (especially when he’s in a fight), and unable to bounce back from multiple stab and bullet wounds. Drinking is no longer a habit, but medicine to numb the pain.
His only reason for not ending his life?
Our favourite telepath (sorry Jean Grey) is 90. He’s suffering from seizures and memory loss. He’s irritable, snarky, and yet, even at his worst, I would still trust him with my life.
Logan’s only goal is to look after Charles because they are friends. No, that’s not quite the right word. Charlies is family. He provided Logan with a home full of people like him. So, of course, Logan won’t end his life whilst Charles is still around.
Together, they have established a life with Caliban living away from the rest of the human population. Whilst Caliban tends to Charles most of the time, Logan goes out into the world as a limo driver to earn money to purchase, primarily, medication to keep Charles from seizing, but also with the dream of buying a boat for them to live the rest of their days on.
Which is why Laura is such a huge impact on them. Her arrival forces a dynamic change within the group. Logan may still be the hostile man we’re all grown to love, but he’s not evil. Deep inside him, there’s this urge that he can’t help whenever he meets someone in need. Especially if they are a child. We saw it with Rogue in the original X-Men(2003) film, and we’re reminded of it again in Logan.
Of course, Logan doesn’t simply become this loving, doting father for Laura. He swears, drinks, fights, and… well, everything that makes him Logan, basically. But the longer he spends with her, you begin to feel this change, You begin to feel this more humane side of Logan come out as this little girl becomes more than a paycheck to him.
It’s why the last ten minutes of this film are so intense, so heart wrenching, that I found myself unable to move, even after the credits had stopped rolling and the staff had entered to clean the cinema for the next showing.
This film is beautiful. My only regret is that Fox had taken this long to produce a film worthy of the X-Men franchise.
This film had only gone to prove that we can have a more mature, darker superhero film without making them unrealistic.
At the end of the day, Logan is just a man in pain. We can all relate to that.
Here’s hoping that Fox continues the trends of Deadpool and Logan for any future superhero film.