It’s hard to believe, but 17 years since he slashed his way onto our screens and into our hearts, Hugh Jackman is stepping down as Wolverine.
It’s 2029 and Logan is a broken man. One of the last mutants alive, we find him working as driver and caring for the dementia-stricken Charles Xavier, but when an 11 year old mutant named Laura falls into their lives the three find themselves fleeing bounty hunters on a road trip across America.
After the dizzying scale of ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, ‘Logan’ may prove a reality gut-punch for some fans. With a higher certification, stomach-turning violence and a raw, stripped-down sensibility, it’s a very different beast.
With Wolverine struggling to resolve the violent and caring sides of his nature, and Xavier descending into dementia, Jackman and Patrick Stewart make for a tragic central partnership, bringing a new vulnerability to their respective roles.
By deliberate contrast, Dafne Keen’s Laura boils with energy and rage, proving more menacing than Jackman has ever been. Keen’s talent is a perfect reflection of the theme of hope for the future inherent in Laura’s character.
Horribly brutal, desperately sad and masterfully executed; ‘Logan’ is the perfect swansong for Jackman’s legendary Wolverine.