The Wolverine, Film Reivew
X-Men, Origins: Wolverine, is a painfully bad film this is due to the fact that the film maker of that film buggered up Wolverine back story and we don’t even need to mention what they did to Deadpool. Luckily Deadpool has got his own film coming out early 2016 Staring Ryan Reynolds. Check out the test footage/ trailer found on youtube to get an idea of what it will be like.
Given how bad X-Men, Origins: Wolverine was it looked unlikely that everyone’s little runt of a mutant would get another standalone film. But thanks to his popularity and Jackman’s portrait of him. 20th Century Fox has given us The Wolverine.
The film takes place sometime after X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan has returned to Canada and living in the wildness, only venturing into town to pick up supplies when he needs them.
Logan, is tormented by survivor’s guilt and is haunted by recurring visions of his deceased love Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). Unknown to Logan he has been tracked down by Yukio (Rila Fukushima). She informs Logan that her employer Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) has requested that he see Logan one last time before he dies. (Logan saved Yashida in the Second World War when the A Bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.) Logan is convinced and heads off to Japan to see Yashida. On his death bed Yashida offers to take Logan healing factor so that Logan will be mortal and Yashida can live.
The first ¾ of the film is very much in the style of a film Noir, this gives the film a totally different feel to X-Men, Origins: Wolverine. While the film is not action packed it does have some great action in it and you can see the influence of Chris Claremont-Frank Miller Japan Saga from Wolverine own comic. However the final act of the film is the biggest let down, going from a film Noir style to your typical Superhero flick, we also get to see Sliver Samurai, but like Deadpool, it is not the one fan’s love from the comics which is a great shame. The Character of Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) is not really need in the film and is only there for a major plot point that could have been done another way.
Hugh Jackman is at his best as Logan/ Wolverine and really buffed himself up for the role; furthermore, this film offers the most captivating portrayal of the character put on the big screen yet.
The Wolverine feel like it should a 15 rated film (R Rated) but has been toned down for a PG-13 rating. There is still plenty of blood from Logan slashing up the Yakuza and Ninja’s, but none of the gore. It’s also shows a little of Japans underworld, but the story really does not have a moment to go into depth with it.
What little action scene that are in the film are entertaining especially the fight on top of a Bullet Train hurtling through Tokyo.
The Wolverine is an entertaining film and this is what a Wolverine standalone film should be.
It just a shame that the final act of the film lets it down, but at least it does not even come close to the awfulness of X-Men, Origins: Wolverine climax. It’s because of this I am giving The Wolverine a 4 of 5.
Be sure to stick around after the end credit sequence for a scene film by Brain Singer that will lead to his return to the X-Men Franchise with X-Men: Days of Futures Past.
Shingen: What kind of monster are you?
Logan: The Wolverine!