Warning: This article contains spoilers.
Just to recap, in the first “X-Men” Logan becomes best friends with Rogue. Through this friendship, he meets Professor Charles Xavier, the most powerful mind in the world. Xavier helps Logan restore what his lost from his memory.
Although “Logan” is very refreshing and enjoyable, the main cinematic problems result from the characters’ personal stories.
Logan or Wolverine or James Howlett
In 2029, a mysterious virus threatens the mutants’ existence. The opening scene shows Logan sleeping on the back of his car. He is a chauffeur now, woken as people try to steal his tires. Long story short, he gets shot, survives, and kills everyone.
One of the most important elements of the movie is that Wolverine is getting old. According to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” Logan was born during the nineteenth century and only manifested his powers during his early teenage years.
To most people, Wolverine was immortal. Nothing could get through him. The idea of having a weaker Wolverine seemed a little odd. According to Wikipedia, it is possible that his regeneration powers decline as he ages. Also, he could have a sort of adamantium allergy enveloping his skeleton that poisons his bones and weakens his healing faculties.
Needless to say, this was a pretty big surprise. I think it would have been better if the movie would have clarified what exactly was going on with Logan especially since this was the movie’s main conflict.
Professor Charles Xavier
My only complaint was couldn’t Fox leave poor Charles alone? At the end of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” everything was perfect. Everybody was happy and alive. What happened?
Apparently, Xavier killed everybody with his mind when he had a brain seizure. Ironic right? Why is Logan the only survivor? This is also not specified for viewers. For additional protection, he is kept inside a fallen water reservoir and takes medication.
Again Fox, why couldn’t you let him be happy? He already lost his legs and got killed once by Jean Grey in “X-Men: The Last Stand” (another circumstance not explained).
While there weren’t any mutants born in the past twenty-five years (yet another thing left unexplained), Laura represents a new hope for the remaining mutants. The young mutant girl enters Logan’s life at the worst possible time. He is struggling to get his life together and now has to deal with the responsibilities of having a daughter.
Played by the young Dafne Keen, her character mirrors Logan’s perfectly. She is just as wild as her father, making us love her even more. Laura’s action scenes are outstanding, and she brings the fighting to a new level. This character epitomizes girl power and is even feared by the main villain of the film.
Donald Pierce (the villain)
Talk about a super villain masterpiece. Mean and pitiless, but so convincing as a despicable character, he is hard to hate.
He has a cyborg’s arm and works for Transigen, the company responsible for the mutant-eradicating virus. He offers Logan a job: help him find someone he believes is looking for Logan.
However, Pierce’s motivation is not revealed. Does he do it for money from Transigen? Does he hate mutants? Is he just sadistic?
The Film’s Story
Despite all the holes, the story remained interesting. The action scenes are incredible and well filmed. The movie succeeded to surprise throughout, especially in the introduction of Laura’s character.
After eight “X-Men” movies, “Logan” brought a very refreshing perspective.
If I had to grade the film, I would say it was still better than “X-Men: Apocalypse” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” but not as good as “X-Men: First Class.” The movie earns a 7 out of 10 rating.