Hugh Jackman’s performance. Yeah the dude gave it his all. This is by far Hugh Jackman’s best performance as Wolverine. 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. When Wolverine gets into a fight, Hugh Jackman is so good in these scenes it’s like he got into a fight with the filmmakers on set.
The writing is solid for a superhero film, it really digs deep into these beloved characters, how vulnerable they are, how they long for a world where people would just leave them be. You truly feel for Xavier and Logan in a way that you never did in the previous X-Men movies, not only because they’re now in their twilight years but there’s also that father-son type of relationship that’s tough love and endearing and then there’s also the reluctant father daughter connection Logan has with X-23. By the way, the little girl, Dafne Keen, who plays X-23 is remarkable. So much force, so much energy, so much roar, she’s like a cheetah that just runs and slices and dices left and right without prejudice, what an incredible young talent. This is a movie that gives you action to its fullest degree and an emotional journey that’s uncompromising. The perfect film about the man who’s the best at what he does but what he does isn’t very nice.
This film at times gets downright emotional. The final scene of the film makes you wanna cry. You care about these characters, you are invested in them. You don’t want to see them put in harm’s way. Even in the scenes where the film may feel a bit slow, the final act of the film is the payoff. This is where everything really meshes together with a force, creating a pulse-pounding, edge of your seat final sendoff for Hugh Jackman as he retires from the role.
This is by far the best Wolverine movie and possibly the best X-Men movie to date. I haven’t decided yet. It’s up there, and it deserves to be. Everything payed off in this film. It is emotional. It is character driven. It has heart. It is emotional. This is everything anyone could have wanted in a Wolverine film.
By the end you will feel like you have reached the end of this long and emotional journey with Logan and it becomes hard to say goodbye. There will be new actors to play Wolverine but I think Hugh Jackman will always be remembered for his portrayal of the character especially with how he brings it full circle in this final chapter.
The final scene in this movie was one of the most powerful scenes.
A must watch movie.