Viewed – 21 March 2017 Cinema
It would be easy for me to write this off as just another Wolverine movie. After all I didn’t entirely miss his (generally) absent status from X-Men Apocalypse, and well the character has been milked to death. But from initial images showing a more grizzled, aged Wolverine and early positive hype I thought I’d give it a go.
No question though, Hugh Jackman was born to play Logan/Wolverine. He has all the grumpy but likeable personality perfect for such a tortured character. This latest take see’s him departed from his X-Men colleagues sometime in the future when many of them are believed dead and all he has for company between trips away as a grumpy limo driver, is an aged, half senile Dr Xavier (a heart-breaking Patrick Stewart). So along comes a Mexican woman and a mysterious girl (a star making Dafne Keen) who she wishes for Logan to transport across the border to a ‘safe haven’ known as Eden, where more people like her and Logan himself are seeking refuge. On their heels is a scenery chewing villain (Boyd Holbrook) and a megalomaniac scientist (Richard E Grant).
What surprised me was just how brutal this latest Wolverine movie is. We get beheadings, vicious stabbings and dismembered limbs-a-plenty and it seriously doesn’t hold back. Some of the violence and the general tone here is light-years away from what I’m used to seeing in a comic book movie and it really helped this spring to life … especially in brilliantly executed (pun intended) action sequences that are amongst the best in the genre. Director James Mangold has delivered a confident and mature road movie that is held together by three strong central characters and their slowly developing bond that makes this much more meaningful and powerful than I could have expected. This is one of the most intense and gripping comic book inspired movies I’ve seen in a long time and in the closing moments I can honestly say Jackman deserved an Oscar nod. But we know that won’t happen for this sort of material, unless perhaps you happen to die in real life (ahem…Heath Ledger RIP).
Simply put – go see this movie.
Verdict: 5 /5