★★★★★ - A Review by Cameron Kanachki
"The world is not the same as it was, Charles." That's a great quote from Hugh Jackman in Logan, the best film in the X-Men franchise. Jackman reprises his role as James "Logan" Howlett, AKA Wolverine. Set in 2029, Logan is now a chauffeur. He is aging extremely fast because the adamantium in his body is poisoning him, & his healing factor is depleting as a result. He also hustles for prescription drugs in Texas. No new mutants have been born in 25 years. Logan, along with albino mutant Caliban (played by Stephen Merchant) care for Professor Charles Xavier, AKA Professor X (played by Patrick Stewart), who is suffering from dementia & devastating seizures. Logan is offered a job by Donald Pierce (played by Boyd Holbrook), chief of security for Transigen, but he refuses.
One day, Logan is asked by a nurse named Gabriela (played by Elizabeth Rodriguez) to escort her & her 11-year old daughter, Laura (played by Dafne Keen) to Eden, a place in North Dakota. After Logan reluctantly agrees, Gabriela is murdered. Logan, Xavier & Laura escape, but Caliban is kidnapped & used to track Logan, Xavier & Laura. Logan learns that Transigen was breeding mutant children in Mexico born from the female employees from the X-23 project. Upon completion of the X-24 project, the children were rendered unnecessary & were to be killed. Gabriela & Laura escaped. Now, Logan must fulfill his promise, as Laura is just like him, & take her to North Dakota.
The cast is amazing, especially Dafne Keen, who gives one of the best debut performances I've ever seen. James Mangold's direction is excellent. The screenplay by Mangold, Scott Frank & Michael Green is amazing. The cinematography by John Mathieson is breathtaking. The editing by Michael McCusker is excellent. And the film score by Marco Beltrami is amazing. This is one of the best superhero films ever made.