Sunday, March 05, 2017

Seeing Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, donning the adamantium claws for the last time in Logan evokes many emotions. I have been watching him in character for 17 years since the first X-Men movie was released in 2000. And I must say, Jackman is one of the best portrayal of such iconic character from Marvel universe.

Disheartening it may be that Jackman will not be in possible future X-Men movies, he truly did not disappoint in Logan, giving the character a well deserved tribute & farewell. The plot is based in the year of 2029 when mutants are on the brink of extinction, with no new mutants being born in 25 years.

Logan, Wolverine's other name survives on chauffeuring jobs & hustling for prescription drugs to relieve pain, as his aging body is poisoned by the adamantium in the bones which impede healing. He lives with Caliban, a mutant tracker & cares for Professor Xavier who suffers from neurodegenerative disease which causes him to lose control of his telepathic abilities.

One day, Logan reluctantly accepts a job from a nurse who use to work in a biotechnological firm, to escort her & a young girl to a place called "Eden". From then on, things took a turn for the worst & Logan, Xavier, Caliban & the young girl became the hunted.

This movie is a serious adult movie with R-ratings (rated 18+ only in Malaysia), littered with profanities that are not child-friendly at all. While the young superhero fans will be fairly disappointed for not able to watch in the theatre, it was a good move to keep the movie's tone serious & vulnerable. The film sheds a different light to the invincible, unformidable character - that Wolverine can actually age & gradually lose his abilities.

It was an emotional 2-hour spectacle, as I silently bid farewell to the character that I grew up watching. No one in this generation would play it any better than Hugh Jackman himself. The next generation would have a lot to live up to such quality acting.

Goodbye, Hugh Jackman. You will be sorely missed as Wolverine of our time.