Logan's really come a long way. Not just in his life but in the quality of his movies.
And now the review
It's hard to think how much these Wolverine movies have progressed since 2009. They started out terrible with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Then they got decent with The Wolverine. Now we've got Logan, which is not only the best of the Wolverine movies, but may be one of the best movies, not just of the X-Men franchise, but of the superhero genre as a whole. There is a lot of things to love about this, so I'll just list some negatives I have with it.
1.) The death of one of the villains. This is really more nitpicking but one of the villains had a very satisfying death scene and the other one.....eh (also it's not technically a spoiler by saying the villains die because....well I'm sure you knew that already).
2.) Nothing else
Yeah, that's all my negatives. I absolutely love everything about this movie. Firstly, the action. THIS is the Wolverine action fans have been waiting to see in the movies. They totally take advantage of that R rating. Limbs are flying everywhere, blood is spewing all over the place, guys are getting stabbed in the head. This makes the action in Deadpool look like the action in an 80s Ninja Turtles episode.
Though it's not just the action that's great. This movie is pretty much a go to example of how "dark" and "edgy" comic book movies are supposed to be done. It's not through moping around contemplating your existence and meaning, it's not looking sad and depressed all the time with a gray color scheme, it's not pointlessly killing off a main character with a kryptonite spear in an attempt to get people upset even though they know he'll be back for Justice League and......sorry I went off on a rant there. Anyway, unlike some others that claim to be dark and edgy, Logan is truly, TRULY dark. It is bleak and it is downright depressing at times. But given the story at hand, it makes sense for it to go dark. Wolverine is near the end of his run. He's sick, he's not healing well and all of the X-Men, people who he did get close to, are dead. But, I said it's only depressing AT TIMES. There are still moments of levity and genuinely funny lines (particularly from Xavier) and several moments when the characters act like human beings amidst the grim situations. THIS IS HOW YOU DO DARK CORRECTLY.
Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are still amazing as Wolverine and Xavier (though that's a given, even in the bad movies) but this is probably the best they've been as these characters. Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce was really great and menacing in this. Stephen Merchant as Caliban was a nice addition. Though Dafne Keen as Laura/X-23 was really a show stealer. She doesn't speak for a majority of the movie but she is able to sell her scenes every time. For a child actress, that's quite an accomplishment. Plus she is really awesome in the action scenes. If any movie can make you feel intimidated by an 11 year old girl, this'll be it.
Final thoughts, I absolutely loved Logan. The action was amazing, the characters were engaging, the acting was great, and it hits you with emotional gut punches. I'm man enough to admit that I cried towards the end of the movie. It really feels like the proper end to Wolverine's story. Granted I'm sure Fox will try casting someone else down the road, but it's hard to imagine them coming close to how Hugh Jackman has played him. He's been playing this role for 17 years and it is kind of sad to see him leave. But if you're gonna go I say go out on a high note, and this movie really left the character on a high note.