By Erin Wiens
In the third and final chapter of the “Wolverine” series, Hugh Jackman likely gives his best X-Man performance in the movie “LOGAN”. Taking place in 2029, where mutants are practically distinct, along with tigers, in a semi post-apocalyptic world. The movie opens in El Paso, Texas with an intoxicated Logan sleeping in his limo, which he drives to make money for pharmaceuticals and booze. Going by his birth name, James Howlett, he is isolated, growing old, and obviously does not have the same vigor he used to.
His decaying strength is shown in the opening scene when a group of men attempt to steal parts of his beat up limo. His blades don’t spear through his skin as well, and while bullets do not kill him, he does not regenerate as quickly. The Wolverine is not only growing old, but the admantium put into his system to make him who he is, is now poisoning him. The scene sets the mood for the movie: shocking violence from the last bit of powers Logan has, yet a somber and heartbreaking story.
As the film progresses, the audience learns that Logan is hiding away a degenerative Professor X across the Mexican border who is watched over by Caliban, a fellow mutant, in a makeshift home. The X-Men has been disbanded for 25 years, and Logan is planning a getaway with Professor X on a yacht too expensive for him to afford. However, the movie takes flight when Logan is pursued by an older woman who is desperate for Logan to take a young girl by the name of Laura to safety in the X-Men haven of Eden in North Dakota. Logan soon finds out that Laura is not too different from himself and is being hunted by Dr. Zander Rice and his cyborg henchmen. The moment her grisly, dangerous personality shows and her razor sharp claws emerge, the audience knows that Laura and Logan are bonded together. Whether it’s scenes of her eating cereal, clawing at evil henchmen, or literally suck out a bullet from her body and spitting it out – the audience knows that this 4-foot badass is a Wolverine descendent.
The movie follows their adventure through themes of the classic lone wolf that is Logan, strength vs. pain, humanity and a (surprisingly) non-cliché father-daughter story. With it’s hints of Western film intertwined throughout the movie, and it’s thrilling storyline, the movie makes for the best part of the “Wolverine” series, and quite possibly the best “X-Men” movie made to this day. It was an excellent balance of blood-shed and the shed of tears; it will leave you in shock yet hopeful for the future of the X-Men world. The end will leave you heartbroken and desperate for more, yet strangely at peace.