Film of the Week: The Wolverine

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 2 hours and 6 minutes
Directed by: James Mangold
Written by: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamato, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada

Plot: When summoned to modern day Japan by a dying soldier he once saved, Logan finds himself pushed to his limits when he finds out he is no longer the immortal mutant he once was, all the while being caught in a powerful Japanese family’s battle for power.

Mini-review: Loosely based on the Japanese saga of the Wolverine comic book run by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine was a moody, slow-burning, yet ambitious film. With the expectations set so low for this film while it was in development, James Mangold and Hugh Jackman were able to create a unique superhero movie entry, one that I believe the newly-released Logan is also out to aim for. For a film that is centered on a character with metal for bones and claws for weapons, the movie does not runs toward the action with both claws snikt. Instead it took its time to explore Logan and his vulnerability.

Japan is seen from an outsider’s point of view in this film: it is surreal, with its people’s mannerisms and overall social structure observed with a curious but wary eye–most especially the eye of Wolverine. While this point of view helps understand Logan as a true outsider, it is not the only aspect that helps us view him so. Wolverine is, and always will be, a character of loneliness. He is a stranger to the world around him; to people; and most especially to himself.

Hugh Jackman, of course, is the one to truly thank for. If it were not for his dedication and love to his character, Wolverine would not be the famous character he is today. Yes, the film had unnecessary elements, and the Viper character did feel like she came out of X-Men Origins, but the film overall does a good job. I hope you are going on a little X-Men marathon trip as well as I am before you go on and watch Logan.


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