Logan brings us the third instalment of the Wolverine Saga – the second piece from the director, Mangold. Much to my regret this film was too easily digestible and leaves the viewer with too many unanswered questions. And not the kind that sparks debate! No, the annoying, soap-opera, cliff hanger kind. And if experience serves me well, then I will not hold my breath waiting for any answers.
The film follows Logan, as we all expected, played by Hugh Jackman, and Professor Xavier, Patrick Stewart, some twenty years on from The Wolverine. It becomes clear to viewers that the Wolverine Saga is of course set in a different universe from the original X-Men trilogy – because in 2006 Professor Xavier was tragically killed by Phoenix. But here we see him in this film, Logan, in the flesh. The use of the same actors does not help to differentiate.
One thing I must say I and many other movie-goers were excited to see was the raw, bloody, R-rated fighting sequences. Marvel uncharacteristically allowed viewers to finally enjoy Wolverine in all his gory glory. It was simply outstanding – and not to give anything away but, this literally gives two and a half men a run for its money.
The acting throughout the film was a good standard and the cast performed as expected – helped along with a well-gelled score from Marco Beltrami. I understand that Wolverine is a well fleshed out character and therefore the need for character development might seem obsolete. However, I think all films need a little development and this one specifically needed more depth.
Overall I enjoyed the film for what it could offer me, but I think Mangold could have added more depth to the film with better explanations and the use of flash-back character development.
Movie review – Logan (2017)
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, and Boyd Holbrook