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Logan - The Wolverine

Logan - The Wolverine

USA 2016 - mit Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant ...

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Originaltitel:Logan
Genre:Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Drama
Regie:James Mangold
Kinostart:02.03.2017
Produktionsland:USA 2016
Laufzeit:Ca. 138 Min
FSK:From 16 years
Webseite:www.FOX.de/logan
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2026: Most X-Men are dead, young mutants have not existed for years. The exhausted Logan (Hugh Jackman) lives together with the mutant Caliban (Stephen Merchant) completely withdrawn behind the Mexican border. Here he looks after Professor X (Patrick Stewart), who is plagued by dementia and who has become a great danger since he can no longer control his powerful thoughts. As a driver, Logan tries to earn enough money to get the medicine Charles Xavier needs to avoid seizures. It's a barren, joyless, but at least peaceful life. But this changes abruptly when the young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen) enters Logan's life - and so do her persecutors who want to eliminate the girl. Together, Logan and Charles Xavier are to take the child to a secret place where some mutants still live in safety. But until then it is a long way and Logan is tired of fighting as Wolverine. But to protect Laura and Charles, he will have no other choice…

With "Logan - The Wolverine" Hugh Jackman says goodbye to the role he has played in nine films since 2000 (admittedly, two of them only in mini appearances). As "X-Men" Wolverine, Jackman has found a parade role with which he could inspire millions of fans. But after seventeen years it is now time to cast off the claws of Adamantium and send Wolverine into well-deserved retirement. It was clear to the studio that this would not just happen, but would have to happen with a bang. And after the great success of "Deadpool", a superhero movie with a R-rating, which here corresponds to a FSK from 18, was no longer an unthinkable scenario. And so in his last film Wolverine not only curses like a sailor, but also shows what an indestructible metal like the fictitious Adamantium in claw form can really do.

This is extremely brutal, dirty and bloody, as you are not used to from the "X-Men" movies. The fact that "Logan - The Wolverine" is released in this country from 16 can already be described as a small miracle after the opening sequence. But of course it's not enough to let Wolverine say "Fuck" a few times and let him split heads or cut off arms to offer him a worthy farewell. The story and its staging simply had to be right. And director James Mangold managed that almost perfectly. His gloomy, almost depressing vision of a not too distant future stands out in a refreshing way from everything you've seen in the countless superhero comic adaptations of the last few years.

Hugh Jackman simply plays Logan grandly aged, tired of life. He is a broken man who has seen so many friends die and who has only one last reason that gives him a little courage to live: to take care of his friend and mentor Charles. Patrick Stewart, who recently announced that he, too, will say goodbye to the "X-Men" universe with this film, gives an incredibly good performance as dementer, cursing and scolding Charles, who is almost fatherly and tender in the decisive moments, which makes the farewell dignified, but very painful for the viewer. In addition to the two pros, the young newcomer Dafne Keen, who plays the little mutant child just great, also shines. Laura was raised as a fighting machine that wasn't supposed to know emotions. But during her journey with Logan and Charles, typical childlike behaviors break through in her again and again, which seem so incredibly real and touching, especially in contrast to the fighting and brutal side of the girl.

The movie actually has everything you could wish for as a fan: There are excellently staged fights, an atmospheric setting, an opponent well cast with Boyd Holbrook ("Narcos"), a little bit of humor and a really exciting story. Moreover, "Logan - The Wolverine" is the first movie from the "X-Men"-universe, that doesn't only move you to tears once, but also twice honestly, without being even a bit kitschy. The fact that Mangold doesn't use too much CGI-effects makes the whole thing almost seem realistic, which is why the emotional effect of some scenes can be so intense.

Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart couldn't have chosen a better movie to say goodbye to these popular characters. Certainly, if Hollywood is waving a lot of thick dollar bundles, they could change their minds. But that won't change the fact that "Logan - The Wolverine" has become an almost perfect movie in the genre of comic film adaptations. And with that the swan song of Wolverine has without doubt earned the best mark. Absolutely worth seeing!!!!

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