Ok, so the third and final “Wolverine” movie, and how does it stack up? Well, it’s a damn sight better than “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “The Wolverine,” not to mention the atrocious “X-Men Apocalypse.” The best thing about it is how it takes place in a plausible future world where the last surviving X-men are struggling to take it day by day. Logan and Professor X, played very well by Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, are off the grid and disinterested in the world until Xavier senses a young girl mutant who may be key to mankind’s and mutant-kind’s survival. They also discover an organization that has used mutant experimentation for extremely nefarious ends, and only they (or really only Logan) can prevent a catastrophe.
Let me be clear about something: this is the greatest Wolverine movie of all time. Jackman gives a persistently top-drawer performance as the burned-out but not yet down for the count Logan. We feel his pain and his sadness at the way the world has turned out. He and Stewart have great chemistry and seem more Shakespearian than Marvel-ian. I also liked how the film combines elements of futurism, neo noir-ism, and especially the western, with “Shane” being explicitly referenced. There is no CGI in this film, and it resembles “Unforgiven” more than it does the Marvel canon.