Is Logan worthy of the Oscars

Logan - The Wolverine / Logan

The Long Goodbye

A long journey comes to an end. Since 2000, Hugh Jackman was regularly seen in the cinema as the invulnerable mutant Wolverine. The role made him a star - and yet it was both a blessing and a curse. Although the Australian is a versatile mime who likes drama and comedy alike, and who likes performances in films like Prisoners (2013) was able to get good reviews, the role of the "bear marten" seemed to nail him to the comic corner with the general public. Commercial success in other genres - including the musical Les Miserables (2012), which earned Jackman an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, have been rare so far. As for his appearances as Wolverine, it was Bryan Singer's ensemble films about the X-Men that made fans happy. The weak solo films X-Men-Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood, 2009) and The Wolverine (James Mangold, 2013) could not do justice to the tragic potential of the character.

So now the one based on the graphic novel "Old Man Logan" Logan, Jackman's last appearance as Wolverine. Ironically, it was the success of the farce Deadpool, who showed Hollywood that you can also make money from comic book adaptations that are rated for adults. And so is Logan the darkest and most brutal film in the series, in which the heads (a feast for splatter fans) and the "fucks" fly around. At the same time, it is the most emotional X-MenMovie. Set in the year 2029 - only a few details point beyond our present - the physically derelict alcoholic Wolverine hires himself out as a chauffeur near the Mexican border. Mutants are almost extinct, Professor X (Patrick Stewart) is half demented. Wolverine dutifully looks after the old man, but otherwise doesn't want anything to do with the world. Until a woman asks him for help: he is supposed to smuggle a little girl, who is being pursued by mercenaries and mutant breeders, north. Laura is a mutant herself and seems to have a lot in common with Logan.

Mangold, who has taken another seat at the director's chair, stages a road trip that focuses on the western Shane leans on. The film has small weaknesses - the bad guys are underdeveloped and some things seem redundant in the 135-minute film - but it's very good when it focuses on the heavily played trio Logan, Laura and Professor X and the story of the small surrogate family in one cruel world told. A worthy farewell to Jackman from the role that he puts here particularly intensely between anger and sadness.