Published: Fri, March 03, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

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With the latest X-film, Logan, it's sad to see Jackman go; as this is, allegedly, the last time he'll don the adamantium skeleton; and what a big disappointment his swan song has turned out to be.

The film also stars Merchant, Richard E. Grant and 11-year-old Dafne Keen, who plays the role of Jackman's daughter and young mutant X 23. I've loved the character since his first one-panel appearance in Incredible Hulk #180, way back in 1974. Yes, we become sad and regret in life but nothing to the degree that owns this man (his character in the film).

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And, of course, it wouldn't be an X-Men movie without loads of subtext about discrimination, racial superiority, and eugenics, but Logan is smart enough to let those themes exist as background elements in a history that is only alluded to rather than made the central focus. "I was anxious it was getting limited for me, and directors I wanted to work with were not so interested" in hiring him for non-superhero acting roles, Jackman says, though his fears were quelled when Woody Allen and Darren Aronofsky approached him - for Scoop and The Fountain respectively - and not the other way around.

Set in the near future, the film follows a tired Logan (Jackman) as he cares for an ailing Professor X (Sir Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. I always felt that there was a deeper story about this character. This one line from Hugh has left us stumped and we have started imagining SRK as Wolverine already. If a requirement for playing Wolverine is sick dance moves, then Khan's got the part. (This feels a little pointed, doesn't it?) Like Logan she also has retractable blades, and even a little extra something that makes her even more of a skilled fighter. She (Dafne Keen) steals numerous scenes even though she doesn't speak for a large part of the movie. He has played the confident ladies' man, the tortured amnesiac, the self-deprecating hero and the inspirational mentor.

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