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This review contains plot details of “Logan”
HUGH JACKMAN has played the role of Wolverine, a mutton-chopped mutant superhero, in eight films; you can hardly blame him for declaring that the ninth, “Logan”, will be his last. Even Roger Moore managed only seven Bond movies before he hung up his Walther PPK. Whether Mr Jackman keeps his promise remains to be seen, but “Logan”, which is directed and co-written by James Mangold, certainly has the bloody-minded, go-for-broke confidence of a film that doesn’t care about earning a sequel or broadening its fan base.
Rated 15 in Britain and R in America, “Logan” is not a typical Marvel superhero blockbuster as much as a grim cross between a rueful western and a dystopian “Mad Max”-esque road movie. It is much gorier than most films about Wolverine and his fellow X-Men: considering that he has three retractable metal spikes poking out of each fist, it is surprising that these spikes are only now lopping off limbs and skewering skulls. It also has earthier language: Mr Jackman’s first word is a four-letter one, and there are plenty more where that came from. More importantly, because…Continue reading