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Review: Logan

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By Hassan Irshad

“I always know who you are, it’s just sometimes I don’t recognise you.” says an ailing Professor X to a wearied Logan, perhaps one of the harder hitting lines in the film.

The year is 2029, and for reasons initially unclear, Logan and Charles are the only remaining X-Men, though in lamentable circumstances. For followers of the X-Men film series, witnessing the notorious Wolverine struggling to maintain balance whilst fighting off a gang , and an emaciated Professor X spewing an amnesia-fuelled rant before having a seizure, might be heartbreaking. With Professor X’s role of mentoring Logan out of his nomad past in the first X-Men film being somewhat reversed, in that Logan takes responsibility in caring for his former teacher, the situation has certainly taken a drastic turn.

Unlike its predecessors, Logan is an ‘R-rated’ gritty and, at times, intensely violent tale – mostly thanks to the success of Deadpool – but it is accompanied by themes of love and family. Despite living in a bleak future for mutant-kind, Logan persists in his care for Professor X, and later on in the film, for X-23, otherwise known as Laura. Despite having lost almost everything and everyone they cared for, the pair find brief, but nonetheless, precious moments that affirm the value and importance of family, and relationships generally.

Of course, Logan is not entirely a tale of dreariness; there are moments of levity dotted throughout, as is customary for any X-Men film, offering much needed relief in the face of all of the above.

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