The Wolverine (2013)

This is the film that X-Men and Wolverine fans have been waiting for. I’m serious, this film is just every bit as awesome as I and many others had hoped it would be! This film has some awesome and intense action, a pretty cool story, and an unleashed Hugh Jackman who proves that getting older isn’t all that bad.

The Wolverine is the first X-Men film to take place after X3. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) has lost everyone and everything he loves. He has recurring nightmares about Jean (Famke Janssen) and how he killed her. He lives as (practically) a caveman in the woods, until a mysterious girl by the name of Yukio (Rila Fukushima) tracks him down to deliver a message to him. Her master, Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) wants to say goodbye to Wolverine and thank him one last time for saving his life. It’s then that we begin seeing more flashbacks.

Back in WWII, Wolverine was held prisoner in Nagasaki. On the day when the bomb was dropped, Wolverine manages to said a young soldiers life in a well. That man, Yashida, would grow to always remember Wolverines help and would become a multi-billionaire and the most powerful man in Japan. Yashida, now on his deathbed, is offering Wolverine a chance to become mortal so that he can finally die. Inevitably, Wolverine becomes mortal (in a sense) and his healing powers begin wavering. This isn’t exactly helpful when Yashida’s daughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) is being hunted down by her own father, Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada).

Now, Wolverine must help keep Mariko alive while managing to keep himself alive too. He will face Ninjas, assassins, warriors, guns, knives, trains, and robots in his biggest and baddest movie yet. I mean, this movie is freaking awesome! The action will have your jaw dropping and the comedy will have you laughing! For the most part, this is an incredibly entertaining film. The film does move slowly at times and does finish with an anticlimactic ending, but it’s still a lot of fun! If you’ve ever wanted to see an almost rated R superhero movie, here you go! If you need any more reason to get up off your butt and go have a great time at the movies, keep reading for my Top Ten Thoughts on The Wolverine!

So, I think Hugh Jackman gets more ripped with age... Why can't I be Wolverine...
So, I think Hugh Jackman gets more ripped with age… Why can’t I be Wolverine…

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

This film easily makes up for X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

While this is an action packed awesome movie, the story could have been a bit better.

Hugh Jackman is the most badass guy out there. He can sing, he can dance, he’s an amazing person, and he can kick ass.

Hugh Jackman doesn’t kill enough people in this movie. He lets some people off the hook. We almost get to see a “Beast Mode” Wolverine. Almost…

This film almost scored an R rating. The violence and action is over-the-top and incredibly awesome!

There’s a lot of slicing and piercing in this movie, so if you’re adverse to that, chances are that you won’t wind up enjoying this film. There is a TON of slicing and piercing…

Exploring Wolverine after the events of X-3 is very interesting. We get more clues about his past, while dealing with a world where most his friends are gone.

The main villain in this film isn’t all that great. She’s but a mere pawn in a larger game and she doesn’t do all that much. Plus, for all her powers and whatnot, she’s defeated very easily.

We get to see a more fragile side of Wolverine in this film, which makes him less invincible and more human.

There is one awesome Ninja scene where Ninjas do Ninja stuff. After that, they don’t act like Ninjas. It was kind of disappointing.

This film is equal parts awesome and hilarious. There is a reason that everyone loves Wolverine.

The love interest in this film feels completely forced. There is never a spark that could start it. It just kind of happens for no apparent reason.

The CGI and VFX in this film are really, really good. The scene on the Bullet Train is and looks incredible!

The last part of this movie is underwhelming. For all the action that comes before it, the last battle sequence isn’t that great.

This film is solely about Wolverine. We get to see him on his own (for the most part) doing what he does best.

This movie is around 2 hours and 20 minutes. It goes on for a bit too long towards the end. They could have kept it at 2 hours and it would have been the same.

The amount of fun that you have in this film is close to that of Fast and Furious 6. This movie is incredibly entertaining.

This film, while having some incredibly action packed moments, can’t help but have some very slow moments as well.

The post-credit sequence sets up X-Men: Days of Future Past so wonderfully. I was giddy while watching it unveil!

We have to wait a whole ‘nother Summer for the next X-Men movie that is gearing up to be the most star-studded and awesome of the bunch… That’s a whole year!!!

Overall:

The Wolverine offers up the third enjoyable blockbuster movie of this Summer (after Fast and Furious 6 and World War Z). We finally get to see Wolverine unleash most of his inner beast in some of the coolest action sequences this year. Wolverine’s yearning for death leads him down a path that includes a crappy villain and an easy fix at the end. The film has its dull moments and moments that don’t make a lot of sense, but that’s okay. For the most part, this is one of the most enjoyable films of the year and one of the best in the X-Men series! Plus, if you like Wolverine and wanted him to do more, this is the film that you’ve been waiting for!

The Wolverine Trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th1NTVIhUQU

3.5 STARS!!!

3.5 / 5 stars     

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