By Danyel Poindexter, Staff Writer
It is perhaps one of the best wrap-ups to an endearing comic book character in a film—on March 3, “Logan” was released into theaters. Directed by James Mangold, the film is set in the near future, when no X-Men, or even mutants, seem to exist. Both Professor X and Logan are hiding out on the Mexican border, attempting to withdraw from the world itself, when the sudden arrival of a young mutant named Laura interrupts everything. .
While “Logan” belongs to the existing “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” film series, it is safe to say that none of the film’s predecessors can compare in terms of content and storyline. The dark atmosphere, gory details, and gruesome plot line grant entry to a grown-up version of the X-Men series many older fans would agree was lacking. Hugh Jackman’s character, Logan, is rather grisly and melancholy, viewing the world as nothing but a space in which both he and Professor Xavier are stuck. The film emphasizes the somber reality of Logan’s life as a mutant: his claws get stuck every once in awhile, he drinks too much, and he is suicidal.
Having no help from a deranged Xavier, Jackman’s character instead relies on medicine in order to keep functioning.
From the various mutants introduced in the film to certain places and events, this movie provides viewers plenty of Easter eggs, an endearing gesture to fans of the comic books. While the film never directly references one specific comic, the director has integrated various plot points and characters derived from different X-Men universes. One of those characters, Laura Kinney—played by Dafne Keen—is perfectly executed in terms of persona, attitude, and character build. Her fighting scenes were gratifying to watch and her connection with Hugh Jackman on screen was outstanding. The two formed a killer fighting duo that was a force to be reckoned with. Of course, Patrick Stewart needs no introduction—he played Professor X as expected, a role which he carried out to perfection, mentoring Logan without his knowing while battling his own demons of the past.
There were some flaws, however. A particular plot point involving the event that was responsible for both Xavier and Logan’s being on the run was never explained, yet it was constantly brought up throughout the entire film. During Xavier’s own intimate moment of solitude and on screen close-up with the audience, there was an opportunity for his speech to include this all-important explanation surrounding the past event—but, it never panned out. Consequently, the audience was left at the end of the movie wondering just what had happened that brought down the entire X-men. With the amount of times it was mentioned, you would think that there would be an explanation toward the end. And, unfortunately, this was not the only moment during the film that the audience was left clueless.
The movie wraps up in its final moments as most would guess, but it never visually reveals to the audience the important conclusion of the movie. Many stayed for the after-credits, and, realizing there were none, moaned in disappointment and walked out of the theater with slumped shoulders. The content of the movie itself was perfect. There was just the right amount of action, enough gore for the adults, and a farewell storyline that everyone could agree with, but the ending and cliffhanger event that was never explained make “Logan” less than perfect.
It is safe to say, however, that “Logan” gave a fresh start to the new X-generation and opened the opportunity for future directors of the X-Men series to experiment with various concepts and characters that appear long after the official X-Men are gone. New characters brought into light during this movie only pave the way for future developments of the story after “Logan.”