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20th Cen­tury Fox Home En­ter­tain­ment, £14.99 (Blu-ray), £12.99 (DVD)

As part of a fran­chise that has been as un­sta­ble as the Wolver­ine’s tem­per, Logan takes a new ap­proach by show­ing us a world that is sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent from those of pre­vi­ous cin­e­matic out­ings in­volv­ing Mar­vel’s X-Men. Since the grim and gritty ap­proach to the su­per­hero genre is hardly un­charted ter­ri­tory any more, peo­ple un­der­stand­ably voiced their con­cerns as to whether there was any good rea­son for di­rec­tor James Man­gold to take this ap­proach, with many ex­press­ing scep­ti­cism about the film’s R-rat­ing. Thank­fully, th­ese con­cerns proved ground­less, as Wolver­ine is one of the few comic book char­ac­ters suit­able for a more darkly re­al­is­tic and vi­o­lent adap­ta­tion. Ap­proach­ing Logan as a west­ern­in­spired road movie about a group of world-weary char­ac­ters that have seen enough ter­ri­ble things to last a life­time is there­fore a stroke of ge­nius; and Hugh Jack­man’s fi­nal out­ing, af­ter spend­ing nearly two decades por­tray­ing the adaman­tium-en­hanced an­ti­hero, shows plenty of style with­out ne­glect­ing the sub­stance. The end re­sult is an out­stand­ing piece of cin­ema where Jack­man’s turn is not only im­pres­sive as a swan­song for the char­ac­ter but as an all-round mem­o­rable per­for­mance in a film that’s full of them, and so grip­ping that it ul­ti­mately makes a story about mu­tants deeply hu­man.

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