So, I know the acceptable review period has come and gone for this movie, but I finally managed to see it tonight and I wanted to get some thoughts and feelings down.
Man, what a film.
Brief Plot Summary:
No new mutants have been born for 25 years. Logan is working as a chauffeur, making money to protect Charles Xavier, who he is hiding and keeping safe from an unclear threat. A woman finds him and asks him to protect a young girl – a mutant. Logan refuses, but gets reluctantly drawn into the fight for the survival of the mutant race.
What I truly loved about this film is how well-constructed it was. All the pieces fell into place. There were so many themes and callbacks and moments so perfectly set up that it was clear a lot of thought had been put into the script. For example, the scene with the corn becomes relevant after you find out why no new mutants have been born in so long. Laura watching the film Shane with Charles in a hotel room is then given added weight when she quotes a scene from it during an important moment at the end. And the scene of Logan crossing the border, ostensibly to show his humdrum life, is given greater importance once he realises Laura stowed away in his trunk. It allowed the filmmakers to not have to show everything, because they’ve already given you all the pieces, and it’s just up to the audience to assemble them. It would be a good film for writers to study for their craft.
While I love most action blockbusters, usually they are just mindless entertainment. But this film was a thoughtful examination of humanity and pain and death, as well as being a violent adventure film.
It was slow, I won’t deny. Occasionally a little too slow. But having the threads that kept coming back made it feel like no shot was wasted. It was a thoughtful film, and brutal, but not so much an action packed one.
And holy hell was in emotionally affecting. I was crying buckets at the end. The final shot was just heartbreakingly perfect – I literally gasped out loud.
This a fitting final film for Jackman as Wolverine. We’ve watched him in the role for 17 years, and he’s always been a fan favourite. But he really knocks the acting out of the park with this one, finally given a script that his talent deserves.
But all the cast were uniformly excellent. I’m actually sad that they won’t get any awards recognition just because of the genre of film this is.
So, see it. It’s great. Not as fun as some of the previous X-Men films, but deeper and darker instead. A wonderful send-off for a much-beloved series.