Logan USA 2017 – 135min.
In the near future, mutants have almost disappeared and are no more than a myth to humans. Logan, aka Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), a former member of the X-Men, is among the last survivors. Aged and diminished, he takes care of his former mentor Charles Xavier, who is seriously ill and less and less able to control his powers. Logan hides him in the middle of the desert with the help of another mutant, Caliban, while he works as a chauffeur. He thinks he has definitely turned his back on his adventures, but then he meets Laura, an extraordinary child being hunted by a villain. Despite being unmotivated, Logan realizes he has to protect her.
For better or worse, the X-Men saga has enjoyed greater freedom than Marvel movies, and there is sometimes a very different tone between the films. Whether this is a conscientious decision or a new attempt to polish the franchise, the third solo Wolverine adventure, directed by James Mangold, goes to the limit. Gone is the superhero team, the X-Men’s manor and the triumphant hero: Wolverine is a worn, bruised older, as dry as the scenery of the southwestern United States. With its western aura, its extravagant violence and ostentatious darkness, Logan clearly occupies a special place in the landscape of superhero movies. The risk is bold and the result is impressive. This is a major work for fans, offering a fabulous look at the genre. For others, it’s a great way to reconcile with an overexploited genre, because it shows that superhero movies are capable of being much more than just cartoons.