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Saturday, July 27, 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: THE WOLVERINE




Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this sequel to the member of the X-Men's first solo outing. Mark Bomback and The Usual Suspects' Christopher McQuarrie penned the script, which takes its inspiration from the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character's adventures in Japan as he fights ninjas in the ceremonial garb of the samurai. Knight and Day's James Mangold directs. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Director: James Mangold

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Famke Janssen

Release Date: Jul 26, 2013 RealD 3D

Rated PG-13 For language, Intense Sci-Fi Action, Some Sexuality and Violence

Runtime: 2 hr. 6 min.

Genres: Action/Adventure

Review:

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was such a massive misfire that I excised the majority of the film from my memory as soon as the film ended. Needless to the say, I wasn’t terribly excited about The Wolverine especially after Darren Aronofsky dropped out. James Mangold is a solid if unimpressive director so I was still fairly leery of another solo entry for Wolverine. Thankfully The Wolverine is a solid piece of comic book filmmaking with a focused storyline with a pensive seriousness that pervades the better part of the film. Mangold delivers a well balanced film that provides enough action to keep your blood pumping, an impressive bullet train sequence stands out, and heart to keep it interesting. By this point in time the audience should be well versed in the general particulars of Logan’s story so the film doesn’t waste much time explaining rudimentary facts, instead it focuses on Logan after the envents of X-Men: The Last Stand. As a result Hugh Jackman is allowed to flesh out some of the turmoil at play in Logan’s mind. The result is a mixed bag with some of the attempts hitting home while most of the Jean Grey hallucinations come off a tad too heavy handed. Even with its flaws, its effect character building. It helps that the cast of supporting characters and villains has been trimmed to an economically small group. Rila Fukushima leaves a solid impression as Logan’s de facto sidekick. Tao Okamoto, the love interest, feels like she should leave a bigger impression but she’s decidedly bland. Fairing worse is Svetlana Khodchenkova’s vamping villainess, Viper, who is a ham fisted misfire especially in the final act. The final act itself forgoes all the seriousness for a goofy and ultimately anticlimactic end to the film. The Wolverine would have fared better if it’d had some tighter editing, especially in the flabby midsection, and delivered a thrilling finale but it still delivers a solid entry into the X-men cannon. An excellent post credit sequence will leave you waiting patiently or impatiently for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

B-

9 comments:

  1. Great review. Right on the money. And it got me SO excited for Days of Future Past.

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    1. Thanks man, I liked it and that scene was great set up!

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  2. With all this talk of how awesome the after credit scene is, the anticipation is killing me! By the way, did you see it in 3D and if so, was the 3D any good?

    -James

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    1. The 3D was ok but nothing to write home about, bullet train sequence was the best part in 3D.

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    2. I'm seeing The Wolverine this weekend despite I haven't seen the previous films. I have middling expectations, but I'm worried it'll be too loud. If this film surprises me like Pacific Rim, I will be surprised AGAIN. I just want to enjoy it for what it is, however I'm hard to please when it comes to films.

      Awesome review, Daniel!

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    3. I don't think it'll deliver Pacific Rim level of fun but it's a solid superhero film.

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  3. Great review!

    I absolutely hated Viper. I didn't get her at all - I had no prior knowledge of her character before the film which probably didn't help.

    I have never been a fan of Wolverine and this film did nothing to sway my view.

    The closing scene hasn't quelled my excitement for the new X-Men film though!!

    K :-)

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    1. Preaching to the choir here. While I did enjoy this more than you did, that character was one of the worst super villains I've seen.

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