"Logan" is directed by James Mangold and stars Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart for one final go-around as Wolverine and Professor X. With an R Rating acquired, something the previous two Wolverine films should have had, "Logan" was destined to be fantastic.
If you are going into "Logan" expecting every scene to just be Wolverine tearing people to shreds, you'll be thoroughly disappointed. This is definitely not an action film. There are action sequences in the film, but they are not the main focus of the movie like the previous 2 Wolverine movies tried to make them be. "Logan" is a grounded film, a film that really takes its time to tell its story and to develop its characters. It's a character-driven film, and it probably has the most characterization in an X-Men film to date.
Hugh Jackman's performance was peerless. He absolutely gave his all to this role. This is by far Hugh Jackman's best performance as Wolverine as well as an actor. We've never seen Wolverine this vulnerable. He's old, he's broken down, he's beaten. He can't heal like he used to. The conviction from Hugh Jackman in this movie was just spot on and really captured the ways Wolverine felt at certain moments. It added layers to this film.
X-23 named Laura, played by Dafne Keen is the shining star of the show. All of the sequences with Laura were riveting. Her motivation to find a safe haven is so well felt in this film that it just brings you a sigh of relief that there is still a sense of good out there in the world of this film where everything seems dark, bleak, and hopeless.
It's truly unsettling to watch Stewart dig beneath his natural gravitas to find the shaken core of a Professor X who's semi-consciously losing grip of his mind – the best and most dangerous mind in the universe.
To be quite frank, none of this would work without the incredible ensemble, all of them doing award-worthy work that will, sadly, be overlooked because their characters have such silly things as 'powers'.
This film does not hold back from a violence standpoint either. From the start, you know what type of movie you are in for. It is brutally violent, by far the most violent X-Men film we have gotten.