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LOGAN is an unconventional and poignant superhero film!

Transcending the comic-book genre, this swansong for the Wolverine is a well-rounded and effective superhero film. With refined characterizations and a deeply moving screenplay, LOGAN is a huge relief from the run-of-the-mill Marvel actioners in recent years. This is Hugh Jackman’s best performance as the mutant, in a movie that’s definitely the finest of Marvel films till date. If you’ve had even a little exposure to the X-Men series, do not miss this one. A word of caution: With some gruesome violence, this one’s an adult-only affair!

The story is set in 2029. Mutants are gone – or very nearly so. An isolated, despondent Logan (Hugh Jackman) is drinking his days away in a hideout on a remote stretch of the Mexican border, picking up petty cash as a driver for hire. His companions in exile are the outcast Caliban (Stephen Merchant) and an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart), whose singular mind is plagued by worsening seizures. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy abruptly end when a mysterious woman appears with an urgent request--that Logan shepherd an extraordinary young girl to safety. Soon, the claws come out again as Logan must face off against dark forces and a villain from his own past on a live-or-die mission.

Director James Mangold takes a much older Wolverine into a Western, and it won’t be wrong to say that he ends up with the best superhero movie to come out after Nolan’s Batman Trilogy. Written by Scott Frank, Mangold and Michael Green, the script is the crucial ingredient of this impressive production, that's matched by Mangold's deft direction. LOGAN’s greatest strength is the fact that it gets as much strength from its heart-pounding action scenes as it gets from its heart-breaking personal moments. That’s a rare feat, considering recent films in the same genre.

Mangold gives us a lean, focused story that doesn't involve any convoluted plots about evil global plans. Instead it's an expressive tale about a man coming to terms with his life. In that sense, the only problem with calling it the finest and most affecting superhero flick in many years is that it's barely a superhero movie at all. The film goes defiantly against-the-grain by favouring melancholic mood and themes of mortality and deterioration over inflated, crack-of-doom stakes or grandiose action pyrotechnics.

The performances are top-drawer. Hugh Jackman gives Logan an annihilating rage that seems heartfelt, and never hammy. He depicts the pain at the centre of the hero's struggle in a remarkably wretched manner, especially for a blockbuster as this. There couldn’t have been a better swansong for the character. Patrick Stewart too is terrific. He is touching in his enraged befuddlement and helpless vulnerability, despite all the cerebral surefootedness. The little Dafne Keen, has a feral intensity and is a show-stealer to say the least. All others are great.

In all, LOGAN is thoughtful, gritty and nuanced, much like the performance of its leading man, and quite unlike other superhero adventures in recent memory. Jackman makes the most of his final appearance as Wolverine, and delivers the perfect send-off for the beloved mutant character. As mentioned before, if you’ve followed the mutants for even a few years now, this is a must-watch for you!

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