THE WOLVERINE Movie Review
I had high expectations coming into The Wolverine. I had no desire really to watch Wolverine Origins, and to be honest, I had forgotten that my wife and I had even watched it on TV one night until she reminded me of it. Well thanks to some amazing footage at Comic Con, I was stoked to see it, and I’m happy to say that for me at least, it did not disappoint.
The Wolverine takes place in Japan, with the story revolving around Logan (Hugh Jackman), journeying back to meet an old friend from the Nagasaki nuclear attacks. There is an amazing scene where Logan takes the brunt of the radiation hit after, protecting his friend, and nearly melting in the process. Well now that man is on his last days, and tries to lure Logan back to gain his power of immortality, a power that Logan is realizing is a curse and a gift.
The fighting sequences in the film are some of the best that I can remember from the X-Men franchise. Constant up close and personal battles between our hero and ninjas and samurais. Of course, the PG-13 rating was a major buzz kill, as some of these close up fight scenes would have benefited greatly from some blood splatter and special effects. While the action scenes are still fantastic, they do leave a bit to be desired.
The timeline of the film weaves effortlessly between Logan in his current state, and a dream world with Jean Gray (Femke Janssen), who of course died in the third X-Men movie as Dark Phoenix. These bits give us a rare insight into the personal life and struggles of Wolverine, showing us why he is such a tragic hero. Is immortality really a blessing when everyone you will ever love will die?
The final battle involves Logan taking on a massive iron samurai, a massive warrior with armor so thick that it is nearly impossible for Logan’s claws to be effective. There is a twist at the end, but I won’t give it away. Last thing: be sure that you stay through the credits. Shortly in, there is a pivotal scenes that teases the highly anticipated X-Men Days of Future Past!
Overall, The Wolverine was great for what it was and what it was allowed to be. Had the rating been upped to a R, I would go so far as to say that it would have been one of the best Marvel movies made to date. As is, it will simply be a solid chapter in the ever growing X-Men franchise, which will be looking to do big things in 2015!