Logan DVD Reviewed By Jon E Clist



The Premise
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

The Review
Wow, If I could get away with a one word review for the latest X-Men film Logan it would simply be that… Wow! This is, as many have put it, the best of all X-Men films. There is no denying that public and critics alike have come out of this film and loved it. It is no surprise that both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart have both come out and said that this is the film that they will end their representation of these characters. In fact, in several interviews Stewart has admitted to only deciding this on his second watch of the film where he sat beside Jackman at a premiere screening and as the credits rolled he knew this was by the best place to walk away from the franchise. They can both walk away with their heads held high in knowing that they have put in their best performances not only in the X-Men films but quite possibly in their entire cinematic careers.

Anyway, before I go further into the film, if you have watched the trailer you will know that it includes the song "Hurt" as performed by Johnny Cash. James Mangold, this film's director, directed the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. When asked why he chose the song for the trailer he said "It was to set itself apart from other superhero movies". He has revealed that Logan will have a more "human" feel to it as it focuses on an old and hurting Logan in the future where the mutants are dying off. Hurt was written and originally performed by Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor and is said to be about living with depression and pain and emotional isolation. That is a theme that flows strongly through Logan and I couldn’t think of a better song to utilise in this film.

Okay so Logan, is this gritty look at the future after most of the mutants have disappeared from view and those who are left are in hiding. This is a when these super strong heroes are now old and broken and in desperate need of direction or some small resemblance of hope. Jackman and Stewart absolutely bring their A-game and demonstrate the magnificent acting depth they both have.

I love having seen a facebook post by a friend who said, “I didn’t cry in The Notebook but I did cry in Logan. For me that kind of sums it up, there is something amazingly special about this film that covers so many of the emotions, film genres and aspects of life in general. It is the taste of what a brilliant film can and should be. It is both amazing and sad at the same time. I want more but I don’t want more. This shows us a brilliance that you know must be left on its own in case its legacy be destroyed by trying to repeat it.

We have lived with and loved Jackman’s Wolverine for a long time now and counting his cameo in X-Men: First Class, his face on the cover of the Sexiest Man Alive People issue in Deadpool, and his Alkali Lake rampage in X-Men: Apocalypse, this film is Hugh Jackman's 10th and final time playing Logan/Wolverine. He has cited his age and his skin cancer as factors in him retiring from the role. I certainly now cite his brilliance in Logan as another reason. Leave while on top.

Of course this film would not have been anywhere near as brilliant without the amazing performance by Dafne Keen in the central role of Laura. Keen made her acting debut in 2014 alongside her father Will Keen with the television series The Refugees, where she played Ana "Ani" Cruz Oliver. She was praised for her amazing abilities in that role and it is no surprise that she brings such an amazing intensity and width of emotion to this role. She will make you cry.

Oh and Stephen Merchant  (From Extras) as a mutant... yes please... talk about brilliant casting. Merchant announced his participation in the film by posting an Instagram picture which showed him with a freshly-shaven bald head and having a "Wolverine 3" tagline, though the post did not mention his character's name or any other specifics about his role. Stephen Merchant is the second actor to portray the mutant Caliban, after T├│mas Lemarquis in X-Men: Apocalypse.

The Verdict
Logan is cinematic perfection but not for the kids due to its violence and edgy themes.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 14th June 2017
Rating: R16 – Contains Graphic violence, offensive language & cruelty
Duration: 137 minutes 
Genre:  SciFi
Starring: Doris Morgado, Hugh Jackman, Boyd Holbrook, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen
Director: James Mangold (The Wolverine, Walk The Line, Identity)

The Extras
This was thought to be the last film in which Sir Patrick Stewart will play Professor X, but later he stated his interest to reprise his role in future X-Men movies.

The title of the film is "Logan." This is a reference to Mark Millar's graphic novel "Old Man Logan," and was deliberately chosen to form an opposite from The Wolverine (2013).

It was believed that after the success of Deadpool (2016), 20th Century Fox decided to aim for an R rating for this film, unlike the other Wolverine movies. However, it was confirmed in an interview with X-Men producer Simon Kinberg that this was not the case, and the R rating was always going to happen.

Director, James Mangold, said Logan will have a more "human" feel relying very little on CGI and green screens.

This is the first Wolverine-centric film where Patrick Stewart plays a major, credited role. His appearances in the previous Wolverine films were brief, uncredited cameos.

The last film in the cinematic X-Men universe to star Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart.

Hugh Jackman was hungover when he came up with the idea for "Logan". When he was done doing press for the film "Chappie" (2015) director Neill Blomkamp asked what was next for Wolverine and Hugh had no idea currently. After having a few glasses of wine he fell asleep, woke up at 4 in the morning and grabbed a recorder and summed up that Wolverine 3 would be a mix of "Unforgiven" (1992), "The Wrestler" (2008) and "Shane" (1953). These 3 movies would be the basis of the story/idea/theme behind the next (and last) Wolverine film.

The "Red Band Trailer" was an unofficially released trailer with the bonus of a grainy clip of Wolverine/Logan stabbing a man in the head. The grainy clip was a small clip that was still being filmed with no polished and fully rendered CGI.

The director James Mangold said that Hugh Jackman took a salary cut because he wanted to do an R-rated movie. This pay cut and the success of Deadpool (2016) was what convinced the producer to do an R-rated movie.

In the Official trailer, in the scene where Logan is seen drinking at a graveyard, one of the graves has the surname "Peters" written on it. It is a reference to the actor Evan Peters, who portrays Quicksilver in the X-Men films.