Director: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima
The Wolverine Review: The Wolverine marks the fifth time Hugh Jackman’s played this bad-a of a character, six if you count the First Class cameo, so it begs the question “Is he still any good?”. The only answer could be yes, the man is great as Wolverine as he has been in the past, and we finally get to see him go all out berserk on all the baddies.
As it opens we see the bombing of Nagasaki, where Wolverine saves a young soldier’s life, who now years later wants to pay him back by taking his immortality away. This is a fascinating offer for him to finally feel mortality, and helps the central theme for the movie, death will always surround him. You often see these visions he has of Jean indicating the immense guilt he feels after having to kill the woman he loved.
Now we’re introduced to two new female characters for The Wolverine to connect with, and help him rise out of his slump. Yukio, who’s a ninja with the gift of seeing the future, befriends him throughout offering him a sidekick, or a “bodyguard”, and that character is pretty awesome which is a worry I had watching the trailers for the movie. The other one we’re introduced to is Mariko, the granddaughter & heir to Yashida’s company, and she has to be protected by Wolverine from the Yakuza, to where the motivations as to why are left unaware till the third act; Regardless, these strong female character’s help Wolverine to have some much needed foreclosure on the ending to X-men Last Stand.
Now the only issue I had with this movie is the inclusion of the Viper character, they really should’ve either written more interesting menace into that character, or used a better villain, because it really felt off tone with the rest of this incredible movie. If you’re not that into movie violence, don’t see it, but if you don’t mind it, or if you love the X-Men characters, this is a must see.
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