“Third time lucky” is a common phrase and fits perfectly with the Wolverine spin off movies, which were created following the huge success of Hugh Jackman playing the character of Logan in the original X-Men movies alongside Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan way back when. In all honesty, regardless of the speculated names of Tom Hardy and Scott Caan, I can’t imagine anybody else playing the role of the growling, angry faced superhero more than Hugh Jackman. Even as a cameo in something like Deadpool 2. It would have to be Hugh Jackman every time, he IS Logan in the same way that Robert Downey Jr. IS Iron Man. This is our Logan Review.
I think this movie has a lot to thank Deadpool for, in setting up its sense of enjoyment despite an older age restriction. The comic book world, both Marvel and DC, hasn’t seemed to mature and grow for quite a while, probably to keep their appeal to their original fans and all those younger than them, as there are definitely times during films like Suicide Squad where you would be hearing a couple of “f*cks” in real life. In the earlier popcorn incarnation of Wolverine in “Origins” you would hope to be seeing some pretty grotesque scenes especially when you’re giving your main character Adamantium claws to slice his enemies open with, but sadly we were handed a pile of sound effects and the occasional “hell” or “ass”.
Finally after eight performances as the clawed Canadian, we finally see the gritty attitude of Wolverine become crystal clear for everybody’s viewing pleasure. Logan is just THAT. DAMN. GOOD!
Mutants have had a real hard time over the 25 years since their turn in the spotlight and it even pushes Patrick Stewart to utter a couple of swears in this latest flick, which with the swearing aside offers us much more gore and realness than the previous Wolverine or X-Men movies, and all of this only adds to the full piece.
Wolverine Origins was in a word-terrible. They butchered a lot with that movie but I could grow a pretty decent beard in the time it would take me to finish a rant about X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and then there was the second instalment of the Wolverine series simply dubbed ‘The Wolverine’ which was a lot better, not brilliant but more or less the same Wolverine we saw in the early X-Men films but this time in Japan, spending a lot of time fighting on top of trains, and generally embracing the Japanese culture by throwing enemies through most of it.
And now eight years since the first solo movie we can complete the trilogy with ‘Logan’ a movie that shows the full cycle of the character we have all come to love, he has come full circle from being a bar brawling booze-hound just trying to make enough money to get to the next town we see a more aged Logan whose healing factor seems to be fading. Very much a nomad and almost entirely off the grid until he is approached by a concerned bystander shedding light on some mutants that are in need, and thanks to the charm (or lack of) of Charles Xavier we see the Wolverine come back out of his shell to once again help those in need.
For me this was how the other solo movies should have been and I think the success of Deadpool has massively helped give the production companies the confidence to add more gore and make the film feel more real and less fantasy based. In my opinion, this is a solid 8.5 maybe even a 9 out of 10.
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We hope you enjoyed our Logan Review. Check out the Fresh Focus piece on Logan and you can watch the official trailer below.