Logan

Seventeen years on, Logan sees Hugh Jackman bidding farewell to the role that catapulted him into super-stardom and delivering the best solo Wolverine movie. Re-teaming for the third time with director James Mangold (Copland, 3:10 to Yuma), Logan draws from the template of a classic western which serves a character who uttered the words, “I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice” befittingly.

Set in 2029, no mutant births have been recorded for 25 years. Our anti-hero is living off the grid, committed to caring for his mentor Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart, also set to relinquish his “wheels” after this film) when 11-year-old Laura enters their lives, pursued by Boyd Holbrook’s mercenary.

It’s been reported that Jackman took a pay cut to ensure 20th Century Fox would be less apprehensive about shooting an R-rated Wolverine movie (here in Australia the film is rated MA); the end result a brutal movie that says as much about violence as it does the human condition.

Devoid of over-indulgent CGI and the usual smorgasbord of spandex, in many ways, Logan is the film that fans have wanted and the fresh blood-letting the Superhero genre has needed. SNIKT!

Four and a half stars – Scott Jackson