Logan picks up in the near-ish future, feeling a bit like its set in a dystopian world. Logan, aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is a shaky, hard drinking mess, Professor X is a senile, ninety something year old without much control over his abilities, and pretty much all mutants in the world have been wiped from existence. Logan tries his best to stay under everyone’s radar while also keeping Professor X hidden from the world, helping him to live out his remaining days in peace and as much comfort as possible with the help of a talented albino played by Stephen Merchant.
But there are still those that hunt mutants, though Logan isn’t the one they’re currently after. Instead, it’s a little girl, Laura, played by Dafne Keen. When the world thought all mutants were dead and none had been born in years, it turns out that might not be true, and Laura’s mother has somehow tracked Logan down and wants his help to get Laura to safety, the border between North Dakota and Canada.
You won’t be surprised by Logan’s gruff attitude in this movie, which is even worse now. The mystery now is what’s wrong with Logan? Why can’t he heal like he used to and why is he sick for the first time in his life? And beyond Logan, who is this little girl, Laura, and how did she gain abilities just like his?
This was a fantastic movie, though definitely on the violent side. Dafne Keen plays an excellent foil to Wolverine, and Professor X, Patrick Stewart, is wonderful as an elderly man still trying to help where he can, even though he can’t remember much these days. It’s far from the typical superhero movie, with many poignant parts that’ll bring tears to your eyes towards the latter half of the movie. Highly recommend this movie for the raw, gritty world and all too human characters.