Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Wolverine (2013): Review

Today I went and saw The Wolverine, the newest installment of the X-Men movies and this one is another one that has Hugh Jackman as the main star and a continuation of how many people like Jackman as the guff Wolverine and where the last one X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) was the prequel to the X-Men trilogy this one is a follow up continuation.  It starts with Logan off on his own in the woods, where he is trying to just slink away from all of the trama he experienced with the death of Jean, played by Famke Janssen, and how he doesn't want to be The Wolverine anymore.  He is hunted down by Yukio, played by Rila Fukushima who convinces him to go to Japan where he can be thanked by a Japanese Soldier who's life he saved during WWII.  Logan is then drawn into the plot and needing to protect the Mariko, the soldier's granddaughter while he has be wounded and not able to heal.  There is lots of stuff thrown together to keep the plot going, which although it had a lot of characters was very simplistic.  There was a lot of foreshadowing in the movie, which to me seemed (a) quite obvious, (b) hinted at in the trailers, and (c) somewhat unnecessary. 
I would not really say that this is worth seeing unless you do not mind the other X-Men movies and Wolverine as the complaints that go along with those movies are in this one.  Yes it is better the Wolverine (2009) but was not very good in its own right.  If you do watch it, you need to stay through the first few minuets of the credits as their is an extra scene that I really enjoyed.
The good part of this movie was the acting, for the type of movie it was the actors where well cast and not abrasive, I think the part at the end with the lady and her skin was stupid and unnecessary and she was the worst actress of the lot but she was kinda just used to pull some things together.  Jackman continues to be good as Logan, but as he has been playing him for since X-Men was released in 2000 he knows this character well and can just go into the gruffness.  I like Logan better now as Jackman is older, because in my head he was an older gruffer man and with a much younger Jackman in X-Men (2000) he was the sexy gruffness not the grizzily gruffness that the character, for me, seems more to be.  It also works well with the emotional place he is in during this movie.
This movie does the thing that bugs me where the action scenes are shot tight in and are choppy, also there is quite a bit of shaky cam work.  I could have done without the train action scene but it wasn't that bad.
Overall, if you weren't planning on seeing this because of it being a Wolverine or X-Men movie, it isn't worth watching but for X-Men movie fans it is good to be able to see.

There is an extra scene in the credits that is definitely worth watching.

My Rating: 1+

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