Logan (15)

With a hilarious intro from the notoriously foul-mouthed Deadpool I knew I was in for a treat with Logan. What I wasn’t expecting was a comic book movie with real depth. Some of the previous X-Men movies really failed to impress so Logan was a welcome surprise.

This time around we meet Logan (Hugh Jackman) in the near future. The year is 2029 and mutants have been all but wiped out.

Logan’s adamantium claws are poisoning him from the inside and his regeneration abilities are failing too. But the volatile experiment gone wrong isn’t alone in his misery. He is caring for the ailing Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout near the Mexican border.

Logan’s attempts to hide the Professor and himself from the world are destroyed when a new mutant named Laura (Dafne Keen) arrives. The two men vow to help Laura travel to Eden, a safe haven for mutants in North Dakota. The talented trio make a run for it, all the while being pursued by a bloodthirsty cyborg deadest on destroying them all.

Laura’s powers are unbelievable. She has metal claws, just like Logan. Professor X is overjoyed to find a new student to teach. Wolverine takes a more hands off approach. After all the people he loves have a nasty habit of being killed off. It soon becomes a race against time to get Laura to Eden before mutants are exterminated once and for all.

Logan elevates the superhero genre to new heights. X-Men movie franchise connections aside, Logan is an impressive final stand from the clawed crusader.

The only weak link in this movie is Stephen Merchant as Caliban who fails to bring his A-game to his role. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are their usual amazing selves. Newcomers to the X-Men multiverse Dafne Keen and Narcos’ Boyd Holbrook bring their own unique styles to the movie, both simultaneously powerful and terrifying.

Dafne Keen certainly has a bright future ahead of her and I’m excited to see how she is going to make her mark on the X-Men franchise.

By Ruth Walker

★★★★☆

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