Direction: James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Richard E Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Dafne Keen
Music: Marco Beltrami
Cinematographer: John Mathieson
Editor: Michael McCusker
Genre: Drama, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
What is it about: It’s the third installment in “Wolverine” films and marks the tenth sequel in “X-Men” series. This film follows Logan who is past his prime and undertakes a final adventure set in a dystopian future. This forms the crux of the story directed by James Mangold.
Why it’s disappointing: This could stay put for this movie.
What to watch out for: Logan is one of the strongest and the most popular character in the cinematic universe of MARVEL among the X-Men series. This film explores a different dimension of that character, which has a path of emotions dug deep. This film makes sure to bring out that exclusive characteristic. Director James Mangold, made sure to weave a great one, which seamlessly travels at a great pace.
And when Hugh Jackman plays a role of this distinctive character, it becomes an icing on the cake. No one could ever replace this character with dignity, like Hugh does it. He brings a charisma on screen, regardless him playing the old or the younger shade of it. An exceptional performance by Hugh Jackman.
Then there was Patrick Stewart, who plays the stupendous “Professor X”, who plays equally vulnerable mutant and have shown a great emotional value to the character. He does that with utmost dedication.
Another noteworthy character was Donald Pierce played by Boyd Holbrook. He did a commendable job as the Head of Security from Transigen.
The star of the film most definitely goes to the 11 year old Dafne Keen as Laura/X-23. She was brilliant and trumps all the characters with her great performance. She may have fewer dialogues, but trust me she can act her guts out. A great talent who will be seen in future films of this series.
Logan was perfectly blended with emotions, which puts it aside from other superhero films. It’s not your usual one, rather the one which had a great value on drama and infuses action meticulously with no hindrance.
The cinematography by John Mathieson was great, it had a tone which can be matched to vintage and far-fetched future. And this feature of it became a great viewing experience. It was perfectly edited by Michael McCusker, who had perfect control over the flow of the film. Score by Marco Beltrami was great and it was perfectly enveloped with a crunching sound design. And VFX was tastefully done, which kept a great balance of reality and fantasy.
Verdict: James Mangold, did a fantastic job in weaving a story around Logan, which has deep emotional value and was perfectly balanced with the virtue of its superhero. That was brilliantly performed by the lead cast. Definitely worth a watch, and please do catch this one on large format.