Even though ‘Logan’ doesn’t necessarily require explaining, I wanted to to talk about what ‘Logan’ is actually about — its theme and significance. ‘Logan’ marks Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as Wolverine. After 17 years, Jackman has appeared as the mutant in 10 films if you count cameos and his face showing up in Deadpool. Few superheros are identified with a single actor the way Wolverine is with Jackman. Today, Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark is the only one that really comes to mind. The character will no doubt be recast sometime in the near future but there is something unsettling about that. Jackman has stated that he owes his entire career to this character and ‘Logan’ is not only a solid film, it is a worthy last ride for the actor, now approaching 50 and looking to hang up the claws. Patrick Stewart, a man who has played Charles Xavier ever since the first X-Men film (although James McAvoy also plays the younger version) also makes his final appearance in the films series with ‘Logan’.
‘Logan’ is very much a self-contained story. It takes off (presumably) from the timeline reset at the end of Days of Future Past. The year is 2029. Mutants are all but extinct. Logan holds down a job as a limo driver (using his real name, James Howlett). He has aged considerably. His healing factor has diminished significantly. He still heals but slowly and not completely. As shown in the first scene of the movie, he can also now get drunk, something not possible before because of his mutation. Logan drinks heavily throughout the film, drowning his guilt and despair. He is a man waiting to die, void of purpose. He lives across the Mexican border with mutants Caliban (played by a surprisingly adept Stephen Merchant, best known for british comedy) and Charles Xavier, now over 90 and dealing with senility. Logan scores illegal drugs to subdue Xavier’s powers as they have, combined with his brain degeneration, become extremely dangerous and unstable. It is suggested that Xavier himself may be responsible for the deaths of many of his own X-Men, albeit accidentally.
Logan encounters a woman named Gabriela, who asks him to escort her and an 11 year old girl to a place called “Eden.” Logan first declines but after lating finding Gabriela murdered, decides to take the girl, named “Laura.” Laura is being hunted down and, with Xavier and Logan, barely escapes being recaptured by Donald Pierce (charmingly portrayed by Boyd Holbrook) and his band of Reavers who feature cybernetically enhanced limbs. Laura demonstrates that she has not only the same healing factor and similar bone claws as Logan (his genetic mutations) but that her bones have also been grafted with adamantium, the same metal that was grafted onto James Howlett’s skeleton, effectively making him “Wolverine.” It is revealed that Laura (designation X-23) is the result of a program where mutant children were bred to harness their abilities. Trasigen,the organization behind the mutant children and where Gabriela worked as a nurse, realize that the children cannot be controlled and decide to pool their abilities for a new super weapon. After X-24 is created, the children are to be euthanized but some manage to escape. Logan, Laura and Xavier set out for Eden.