Ah, Logan. I’ll be honest, when I first saw the trailer for the last Wolverine film, I wasn’t sold. It is safe to say, I was terribly wrong. It was a heartfelt, bittersweet and powerful film. By far the best x-men film and definitely one that that had the most love, emotion and character development. Set in the future, in a time where mutants are scarce, Logan is now a limo service driver, while taking care of Charles Xavier, who has since deteriorated in his old age.
It was clear from the beginning that this was not one of those ‘by the end all will be happy and everyone will survive’ type of films, that is commonly seen with the x-men films – at least to characters we love. They come back. However, in this film, it was gritty and dirty, far more mature and made for an audience who understood the extreme lengths that Logan would go to, seeking isolation in his depression and suicidal bouts.
Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Stephen Merchant (who I had the pleasure of meeting in one of my seminars at university recently), were explosive, compelling and frustrating all in one. Their characters, Logan, Charles and Caliban were thrust into a world of blood, death and heartbreak when a little girl stumbles upon their lives and the life they had once known, full of war and strength was found again, the break in their mulling survival was finally found. In a last battle, they stood for what they had in their younger days.
Laura, Logan’s daughter, was a wonderful, vibrant and emotive character. She was feisty and witty, powerful and angry, much like her father, she fought and killed and the actress, young Dafne Keen was on par with those acting around her. She was explosive to say the least. As the story moved along, the need to keep her away from those who wished to harm her, to get her to safety was imperative. She grew from a silent, angry and conflicted young girl, to someone who was fiercely protective over her father and mentor, Charles.
The ending brought me to tears. Never have I been as emotionally affected by a comic book adaptation, as I was when watching this film. Charles with his seizures and poor health was heart-breaking, especially when he reveals what happened in Westchester, in his death, he valiantly kept fighting to see Logan one last time. Logan who is suicidal and confused, brutal but kind, who fights to keep his remaining friends alive, though he loses them both against those working for the Transigen corporation.
In the end, the fight to Eden proves harder than anticipated, the save haven for mutants. Laura and Logan form a bonding relationship and after the death of Caliban and Charles, are left to keep struggling on. Once Laura meets up with the rest of the genetically created mutant children, who were held like she had been in the Transigen compound, Logan appears to leave, to let them move on to Eden, but is stopped when the children are under attack.
He valiantly goes to help them and save them but is fatally wounded by his feral clone, created by Zander Rice. He dies, as Yukio predicted, with his heart in his hands – Laura.
And as the film ends on his burial and Laura turns the cross by his grave to an X, to honour him as the last of the x-men, we are left with a bittersweet, hopeful but nostalgic ending.
A beautiful send off, I found, to such a beloved character.