The Wolverine (2013) Review
This film is surprisingly good. I supremely did not expect to be saying that but I truly mean it. I am a big fan of the comic series this film is based on which is called Wolverine and whilst this film played a little fast and loose with this material, overall they managed to adapt the main story pretty well. I’d actually go as far as to say this film was one of the best X-Men films. The characters where good, the story was fresher than most and there was a distinctive style somewhere between the comic it is based on and the X-Men film series. I do have some complaints and nit-picking so read on. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below, if you have seen the film then check out the spoiler sections and I will look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.
“Eternity can be a curse. The losses you have had to suffer… a man can run out of things to care for, lose his purpose. You have struggled long enough. I can end your eternity… Our company can do anything. I can make you mortal.”
Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this sequel to the member of the X-Men’s first solo outing. Mark Bomback and The Usual Suspects’ Christopher McQuarrie penned the script, which takes its inspiration from the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character’s adventures in Japan as he fights ninjas in the ceremonial garb of the samurai. Knight and Day’s James Mangold directs.
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Story: 90% Acting: 80% Characters: 85% Dialogue: 80%
Sci-Fi/Action/Superhero: 85% Style/Sound: 70% Visuals: 75%
The story worked for me, could have been perfect but it could have been much much worse and I am so glad it wasn’t. What I really liked about the films story was how they melded the Wolverine story and the already established X-Men universe; out of all the superhero films this had the most coherent bond to the other films. The acting and characters where pretty damn good, Hugh Jackman said this was his ultimate Wolverine performance and so far I think it was one of his best. And on a physical note, wow he was ripped and the full berserker look was down! Tao Okamoto (Mariko) did a great job as Mariko but my favourite was Rila Fukushima who did a great job as Yukio, I found her kick ass and really funny at times. Famke Janssen and her bewbs did well too.
I am going to talk about the science fiction and superhero elements separately. First off the science fiction which raises a question, why did we need a giant robot samurai? I won’t go into much more detail until the spoilers but really?! What were they thinking? We also had plenty of future tech in use by the Yashida Corporation such as the pin bed and weird medical tech. Now onto the superhero elements of the film, in which I think Jackman nailed it. Mainly because he isn’t supposed to be a superhero in this story, he is the classical Ronin. No costume, just a soldier in an alien place. If it weren’t for the robot and the Viper woman I’d say it was one of the most stylish down to Earth superhero films around.
First I am going to say the film had brilliant visuals, far better than the trailer! Right up to the point where haha that damn robot samurai came into the play then it all went to mush. Very annoying when the vast majority of a film does the visuals justice until you get to something I just don’t get. The claws for example looked great, the best they have ever looked, they had this great edge to them and didn’t look like CGI at all. The bullet trail didn’t look bad either.
Seriously guys turn away now to avoid spoilers. I cannot believe that they screwed this up at the end. Right up until the end of the film I had this around a 90%+ score but no they had to go and F*CK IT UP! I knew it was coming but I got fooled into thinking it was going really well. In the original comic it was the Silver Samurai who Logan had to fight, he was a mutant with the power to energise his sword so it can cut through anything. See I don’t understand why this couldn’t be done, its simpler, it’s cheaper and it honours the source material. And why was Viper in this film? I have zero understanding as to why she was shoe horned into this film. Stick to one damn villain! It’s all that you need! This film was agonizingly close to greatness but just fell on its own sword by honouring the classic superhero film ploys. Also I’d have preferred to see him get his Adamantium claws back after the credits rather than the Xavier and Magneto cameos, but they were cool.
Don’t forget my trailer review.
The best reviews I found would be these:
“The Wolverine is VERY GOOD improvement over that garbage film from 2009. With a much better story, setting and wonderful action set pieces, this film is definitely an entertaining piece of work. While it’s not perfect by any means and does have a few problems here and there, The Wolverine does succeed in being a film that has more pros than cons.” Hyper Sonic. Full Review
“The Wolverine was not bad, but it could have been better. As a comic book movie, it blends action and story, just not as successfully as other films or the comics on which it is based.” The Focused Filmographer. Full Review
“The Wolverine movie we have longed for has finally arrived. Providing us with a superhero character study, looking at life & death, and how having something to live for is the most important thing of all.” What About The Twinkie? Full Review
“It may not be quite as effective on an emotional level as it’s trying to be, but an abundance of well-choreographed action and an enticing vision of what lies ahead for the franchise make The Wolverine a fine remedy for the wrongs of its predecessor.” Rorschach Reviews. Full Review
“Jackman hasn’t lost a step and his charisma and physicality ooze from every scene. And unlike the earlier “Iron Man 3″, this felt more like a Marvel superhero experience – a great central character, an exciting story, some awesome action, and a mid-credits secret scene that instantly amped me up for what’s next. In other words, “The Wolverine” is a really good movie and one of the better surprises of the year.” Keith and the Movies. Full Review
My favourite scene would have to be either the part where he throws Mariko’s fiancé out of the window and Yukio says “How did you know there was a pool there?” and Logan replies “I didn’t”, loved it! Or the fight on the train which I thought would be terribly CGI’d mess but actually look pretty good and was a lot of fun to watch. Please tell me your own favourite scenes.