Wolverine, one of the greatest heroes of all time, has been through a lot. After making his debut in The Incredible Hulk #181, he went to the pages of the X-Men, and then to the big screen when Hugh Jackman picked up the claws to add the classic Logan to the X-Men's movie roster. So it came as no surprise that he would get some movies of his own. The only problem is, they didn't work all the time. X-Men Origins: Wolverine ultimately butchered the iconic origins of the character (and Deadpool) with a sloppy story and poor CGI. The Wolverine was certainly an improvement, but it still had its issues in that it was being held back by a PG-13 rating.
So, when the news that Hugh Jackman decided to step down from the role, the heads at 20th Century Fox wanted him to go out on top, and boy did they make that happen. Logan is by far one of the greatest X-Men films, and one of the greatest superhero films of all time, coming close to the legends that are The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 2, but unlike those two films, it pushes all the boundaries it can while still delivering a superhero/noir film.
The story may seem pretty basic, but holds a hardcore look unlike any the world has ever seen. In the future, did Logan's actions save the X-Men from the horror of a Sentinel ruled world? Briefly, for now the world is a barren waste, and the X-Men are gone, killed by the ailing Charles Xavier's own troublesome telepathic powers. Logan now watches him on a hideout along the Mexican border, trying to hide from the world. But when a small girl shows up, Logan's life is changed as he tries to take her to a hiding place, ultimately discovering himself along the way.
Sounds basic enough right? Well, it would be, if that story didn't include some of the most gritty, gory action scenes ever seen in cinema history. This time, Wolverine doesn't hold back whatsoever. He swears, he lets the claws fly out, and he doesn't show any mercy whatsoever. But this isn't the humorous type of violence like Deadpool, rather, it's the kind you'd see in classic noir films, as evidenced by the tone. None of his enemies stand a chance; even an 11 year old girl with his powers proves to be just as brutal as he is.
Speaking of which, this is the best performances from Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart I've ever seen. The former is finally allowed to be the broken, confused, yet strong and brutal character he was meant to play since the beginning, while the later plays off of the vulnerable, yet optimistic leader of the X-Men, now holding the loss of the X-Men forever within the confines of his failing mind. But the true star of the show is Daphne Keen as X-23, Wolverine's young clone, who plays off the character like a professional Oscar Winning actress; hard, brutal, yet vulnerable.
Overall, if you want to see Hugh Jackman sheath out the claws one last time, then this is the movie to see, in both color and black and white.