The Wolverine (movie review)

the-wolverineHugh Jackman (Huge Jacked Man) returns as The Wolverine in FOX’s latest X-Men installment designed to make hardcore comic book fans nuts and still please me.

I’ve decided that I need to quickly address this issue: you see, I’ve heard from a lot of people that they didn’t like X-Men Origins: Wolverine because the story differed from the comic book, but I can’t accept that. I thought the flick was a good time, but critics didn’t agree. If you glance through its Rotten Tomatoes page, you’ll see quotes like, “I haven’t been this disappointed by a film since the new Indiana Jones,” or “You’re going to be really underwhelmed” or such thought-provoking blurbs as “I was definitely disappointed.” Anyway, critics and dorks agreed, Origins sucked – well, I didn’t agree, but there you go. For me, Origins wasn’t anything spectacular (well, the helicopter scene was spectacular), but it was a good time at the movies and I simply love Jackman as Wolverine. He’s perfect in the role and he has to share even less of the screen this time around, which may be why fans and critics alike seem to prefer The Wolverine to Origins. But in my view, they’re both fine, so if you hated Origins, this might not be the review for you.

But we can all agree that X-Men 3: The Last Stand was awful, right?

Now that you know where I’m coming from, I’ll finally loop back to The Wolverine. Apparently, this story is close to its comic roots and also did better with critics, so… yeah, whatever that means. I didn’t love the third act, but it didn’t ruin the movie for me or anything. The character points around Logan are interesting and he’s just as fascinating as ever, but for the most part, the story is predictable and the characters are one-note (with the exception of Rila Fukushima as Yukio), but still fun. I’m giving The Wolverine an 8 out of 10. Check this one out before it gets crowded out of the theater.

Spoilers from this point on – if you didn’t see the movie, you should probably stop reading now.

The predictable factor in this movie would fluctuate from high to mid levels – for example, when Mariko got slapped near the beginning of the film… that was right out of screenplay 101. On the other hand, I was surprised that Wolverine threw that guy out the window and was surprised that the movie would go so dark, but fooled again! The hotel pool – yeah, they got me there. But the ending – with the Silver Samurai being a suit for the old guy… I think we all saw that coming a mile away.

The Jean thread was interesting – Logan’s nightmares have been a thread all through the X-Men movies from the beginning, so it was fun to see them use this in a way they hadn’t before.

Bless FOX for not making us wait through the entire credits sequence to tease the next X-Men movie, Days of Future Past. I’m looking forward to it – can’t wait to see the band get back together,even if the last time out had so many sour notes.

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Posted on August 12, 2013, in movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Well said. I liked the funeral scene a lot, just how many bullets can this guy take?

  2. The franchise looks ever so promising now, especially thanks to this movie and the note it ended on. Good review Jamie.

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