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Logan review: Classy ending for Wolverine

By Damon Smith

World-weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) lives under his birth name, James Howlett, in a tumbledown ranch in the desert, where he cares for ailing Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) aided by albino tracker Caliban (Stephen Merchant).

Logan's abilities as Wolverine are waning - pus oozes from his knuckles when he retracts his Adamantium claws and his body no longer self-heals. He earns a meagre wage as a chauffeur to pay for medication to alleviate the professor's violent psychic seizures, which paralyse humans and mutants alike within an ever-expanding radius.

Out of the blue, a nurse called Gabriela (Elizabeth Rodriguez) contacts Logan and offers him $50,000 to drive a mysterious girl called Laura (Dafne Keen) to "a place up north" called Eden who is a vital link to a new generation of mutants. Logan strikes a contemplative tone, which sets it apart from the other stand-alone Wolverine films. Strong performances from Jackman and Stewart, coupled with a sparkling film debut for 11-year-old Keen, ensure a fitting send-off.

Four stars

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