Hugh Jackman's thrillingly violent comic book movie Logan recently held its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and word indicates that his final Wolverine adventure is the best yet. We've rounded up just a few of the rave responses to get you ready for the movie's arrival on 1st March.
Movie bible Variety praises Jackman's performance for how it turns Wolverine's familiar persona on its head, examining an ageing mutant reluctantly pulled into one final battle: "It's Jackman who holds Logan together and gives the film its glimmer of soul. He has been playing this role, more or less nonstop, for 18 years, but he seems startlingly not bored by it. Better still, he’s a more refined actor now than when he started, and in Logan he gets to play something rare in comic-book cinema: a powerhouse of animal rage who is slowly, agonizingly slipping away."
The Hollywood Reporter is similarly complimentary, praising the movie as a big step up for the Wolverine series: "The actor, who reportedly conceived the basic thrust of the story, takes the ever-conflicted Logan/Wolverine to full-blooded depths, and the result is a far more cohesive and gripping film than his previous collaboration with Mangold, 2013's The Wolverine."
Says IGN: "Logan is in many ways an emotional, heavy picture, but it's also an uplifting one that reminds us that it's okay to fight for something more, something better. It's an amazing swan song for the Wolverine character, and for Jackman, and perhaps the best X-Men movie yet."
The Verge says this is an uncompromisingly adult addition to the wider X-Men universe, one that raises the bar for future movies coming down the pipe: "Its uniqueness and its complete devotion to tragedy makes it feel like the most adult story this film series has ever told. The weight of graphic, grotesque violence hangs over the entire movie. But the daring emotional violence lingers longer, well after the lights go down on the final shot."
And Empire confirm what everyone wants to hear: "Yes, the Wolverine movie without 'Wolverine' in the title is definitely the best one yet: grown-up, ballsy, character-driven and grounded."