I grew up on a steady diet of Marvel comic books, toys, video games and Saturday morning cartoons. It should come as no surprise then, I’ve always been a fan of Wolverine.
Today I caught a matinee showing of “Logan” and was blown away.
To me, the hallmark of a great performance is not being able to imagine anyone else playing the part, and Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the titular character is nothing short of perfection. I can neither imagine nor would I have any interest in seeing anyone else in the role.
I don’t go to the theater as often as I used to, but I’ve seen almost every X-Men movie on the big screen: The good (“X-Men,” “X2: X-Men United,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”), the bad (“X-Men: First Class,” “X-Men: Apocalypse”) and the ugly (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”).
Speaking of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” when I first discovered they were making a Wolverine spinoff film I was excited, but less so once I found out it was an origin story. In my view, they’d already done a stellar job of detailing enough of his backstory in “X2: X-Men United” to further develop the character, but omitted enough to preserve his enigmatic past.
In seeing that film, I thought it started off great, but it was clear too much executive meddling ruined it. Fox seemed more interested in setting up unnecessary characters for spinoff films than in doing Wolverine’s story justice.
The second solo film, “The Wolverine” was a marked improvement over the first and found Logan battling his foes in Japan.
“Logan” was a completely different animal, no pun intended. It was dark. Depressing. The film was incredibly well done, with equal parts action and heartbreak. As the credits rolled, I felt a piece of my childhood had died, in the form of an old friend, a character I’ve known and loved since I was a kid. I left the theater feeling sad and a little empty.
I’ll miss seeing Jackman’s Wolverine on the big screen, but respect his decision to walk away from the franchise and always leave us wanting more.
For those of you who haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend watching it, although I’ll admit I don’t know if I could watch it again.