Think of everything that an adult X-men fan would likely want from a Wolverine movie. Real violence, obviously, since the man has superhuman regenerative powers and razor-sharp claws to easily spill blood. A portrayal of old man Logan ranks up there. Cursing and a gritty atmosphere? Sure. Add a sprinkling of emotional weight to the proceedings and we have a promising movie.
Looks like Logan will fulfill all those wishes.
Set after the events of Days of Future Past, Logan features an aging Wolverine whose regenerative abilities have declined as he protects a young girl named Laura from the organization hunting her. By the way, the girl may or may not be X-23 (and totally is). He also takes care of an aging Professor Xavier whose telepathic abilities have also begun to weaken. It’s a different look than these movies have covered before, one where the pain and burden of their lives have begun to take their toll. The feeling permeates every second of this exceptional trailer.
Hopefully, the movie follows through on that atmosphere. What’s shown here is excellent; the visuals are appropriately weary, Logan’s connection to Laura is apparent and realistic, and it strikes a nice blend of lightheartedness among the depressing feel. The jaded old man/capable young girl duo has been a popular one in recent years, and this reminds me a lot of The Last of Us in particular. I mean, Logan is clearly Joel, here, right? The violence is suitably brutal and having the physical reminder of Logan’s years fighting show on his body adds weight to the violence.
Oh, and it’s rated R. With old man Xavier dropping an F-bomb. I’d almost pay just for that. What can I say, I’m still immature at heart.
Logan is scheduled to release on March 3, 2017 and is directed by James Mangold. Starring along with Jackman are Dafne Keen, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Richard E. Grant.