Directed by James Mangold
Story by James Mangold
Screenplay by Scott Frank, Michael Green, James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant
Logan (Jackman) is seeking peace for himself and an ailing Professor Xavier (Stewart). His search is brought to an abrupt end when he meets a mutant child on the run from a dangerous enemy.
This comic book film is the latest installment of the X-Men film series, and possibly the last for Jackman and Stewart. (This is not a spoiler, but something they have both indicated in multiple interviews.) This story was developed by the film’s director James Mangold (Cop Land), who helped Michael Green (Green Lantern) and Scott Frank (Minority Report) put the script together. This one brings Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) back in familiar roles. The film also features Dafne Keen (The Refugees), Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl), and Stephen Merchant (Hot Fuzz).
This is a solid story, and (possibly) the exit from the series that Jackman and Stewart deserved. Scott Frank, Michael Green, and James Mangold did a nice job crafting a simple but intense script. The film picks up at a good place in the world of the X-Men where the story doesn’t seem to rely on the other films. The dialogue is sharp and the movie does a good job building sympathy for the plight of the main characters. The film also creates a solid villain that balances out things nicely. The action really plays a huge part in the success of this one. Between a solid plot and intense action there isn’t a dull moment in this one.
The actors really did a great job with this film. Hugh Jackman gave his best performance as Wolverine, while Patrick Stewart was equally good. The story asked for a deeper level of emotion than the previous films seemed to have. Jackman also did a great job with the physical demands of the role. For this pair, this was an excellent way to say goodbye to their characters.
Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant add nice performances of their own to this one. Merchant had a tough role to work with, and he nailed it. Holbrook did a great job playing the leading bad guy in this one. The new name in the mix was Dafne Keen. She did a great job with every aspect of her role. Overall, the acting did a lot of great work in this one.
This film features some of the best action I’ve seen in a comic book film. (This is like the John Wick of comic book movies for me.) As far as the story goes, this might be one of the best from the X-Men universe. (I might compare this to Leon: The Professional.) The acting in this one is also very good. It was nice to see a smaller cast with a more emotion in the roles. This is an R-rated film for a reason. The violence is graphic and the action is intense. It think that fans of the series will be glad to see this one added to the mix. I give this one 4.6 out of 5 stars.