The Wolverine (2013)
The Wolverine is the follow up to X-Men: Last Stand, not X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In any case, this movie sends Wolverine back to Japan to help an old ally. Once there, he discovers that there is something not right and ultimately fights a lot and saves the day.
I’ll be honest here, I almost didn’t want to write about The Wolverine. I am a big Marvel Comics fan, ever since I was a kid I have been a fan of Wolverine, Sleepwalker, The Avengers, X-Men, and so many other characters. I love the X-Men movies, Wolverine’s solo movie was pretty ok, but this one was just kind of less than desirable. I am personally just really bugged by the fact that the movie industry is putting so much emphasis on Wolverine. He is a short, stout, claw wielding tough guy with an anti-hero persona who ends up being the center of attention all the time. Let’s assume we stick to movies about the X-Men; why not do a movie about the space opera arc where Storm took over leadership of an entire race; or Gambit and his time in the Marauders; or perhaps bring in X-Force and the transition of X-Men characters over to Cable and his group. Really, honestly, the list of “why not this” could go on for an entirely too long amount of this blog. The bottom line is that one of the more popular, yet story weak characters in Marvel history gets the forefront. Now, I like Wolverine as much as any other comic nerd, but what I’m saying is that I would like to see some variety, not just movie after movie showcasing the same character every time… this isn’t a Tom Clancy novel for Pete’s sake!
Staring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova
Director: James Mangold
Genre: Comedy, Sports
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox, Marvel Comics
In Theaters: July 26, 2013
On Video: December 3, 2013
What I Like About It
I like Hugh Jackman, he is absolutely ripped for his age (at the time this is written, 45) and he really is probably one of the best actors I could imagine to play the role of everyone’s favorite claw wielding mutant, Wolverine. I liked that this movie, one of the first of the X-Men movies that was actually closely related to one of the actual comic book story arcs, Wolverine issues 1-4 (1982).
“I can do this all day, you twisted mutant bitch!”
I liked the action sequences, the fighting was really well shot and well choreographed. The Silver Samurai was pretty cool looking. I loved what they did with Viper, especially the skin peeling sequence, really well done. I like all the ninja, can’t really go wrong with ninja.
What I Didn’t Like About It
I didn’t like Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper. I really liked Viper as stated above, but I just didn’t like her as Viper. Svetlana is beautiful, sleek, moves smooth and fluent much like a snake would, and she does just fine except for one sequence near the end when Svetlana is wearing this sexy green number, but sadly she just does have the bust to make the outfit look really great. To the right is the best photo I could find. Now like I said, she is gorgeous and sultry enough to be Viper, but she just doesn’t have the upper half goods to pull it off. Sorry, I had to go there.
“He is just a man, now! His flesh is weak now!”
I felt like much of the story was really predictable. There were no major twists or turns, no “whoa” moments, it just flowed directly into a direction that was seen a mile away.
All in All
The Wolverine is a great action movie bordering on sci-fi. I do like that it tells a bit more of Wolverine’s background, how he came to be, his survival, all of that. I really liked Viper being added to the movie as a seemingly subtle villain until she really becomes a threat. If you’re a fan of the character Wolverine, and/or a fan of Hugh Jackman, and/or a fan of all purpose action flicks that are sadly predictable, than you’re going to love this!
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