This is, quite appropriately, the final instalment of Wolverine’s story – but be prepared for something gruesome, raw, and pretty bloody brutal. This isn’t your typical Marvel superhero film.
In the future, Logan (Hugh Jackman) is hiding out in an abandoned factory on the Mexican border with a depressingly elderly Professor X (Patrick Stewart). He picks up cash as a limo driver; some of the cash he stows away to save for the purchase of a boat, and the rest he drinks. Despite his best efforts to hide, he is found by a desperate nurse with an equally desperate request. Logan finds himself sacrificing everything to take a young girl, Laura (Dafne Keen), to a safe haven.
Jackman is not the Wolverine we have come to know and love. He is grey and bespectacled, angry and vulnerable and on the brink of giving up. Logan gives us a strong emphasis on character. This isn’t high-tech, glossy and bright fight scenes, or witty banter. This is dirty and grim, violence and swearing. Hence, this is apt for the character, but perhaps slightly overdone.
Little Dafne Keen is brilliant as Laura. Despite only having maybe five lines throughout the whole film, she is a whirlwind of action, fury and emotion.
It was my brother who got the term “Dadverine” stuck in my head and this is actually the best way to describe this film. Imagine this middle-aged, angry and violent guy, stuck in limbo between a dementia-ridden wheelchair-bound father and a wild, angry and uncommunicative teenage daughter. Meet Logan.