It should be no surprise to you by this point that I’m a huge Wolverine fan, so when I realized I could watch the movie on my birthday I jumped at the chance to get to go see it.
But before I say anything else, if you want an in depth critical review with no real plot spoilers then you can read Brett’s review over at Graphic Policy, because that’s not what this is going to be. This is going to be some quick impressions from a twenty five year fan of Wolverine who has been desperate for a half way decent movie starring the clawed Canadian. I went into the movie with the critic part of my brain turned off (somehow), so this is being written from a fan’s perspective before anything else.
On the quality: After sitting through the film on opening night, it’s safe to say that I was not disappointed, and I have every intention to see this movie again very soon. Logan earns the R rating several times over, and as fun as it is to see the movie do that, that’s not why I loved the film. Or at least not the whole reason.
On the action: This is the Wolverine movie fans have been waiting seventeen years for. Remember the scene in X2 when Wolverine defends the X-Mansion? It’s like that, but R rated, and with much better choreography.
On the acting: While I doubt there’ll be any Oscar talk around this movie, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are fantastic. As is Dafne Keen who is able to hold her own when sharing the screen with the two veterans as they deliver their best performances as these characters to date.
Overall: I saw somewhere that somebody had compared this to the Dark Knight of the X-Men movies, and I don’t disagree with them. After a single viewing, this is easily the best movie in the franchise right now – whether that’ll change once I’ve rewatched it… I doubt it, but you never know. The performances of the three leads was phenomenal, the story everything I hoped it’d be. I can’t wait to watch this again – and I will. Very soon.
And no, if you’re wondering, there’s no post credits scene.