I said it about Man of Steel, and I’ll say it about The Wolverine: This movie would have been fine, good even, if it weren’t a movie about a character with a lot of history and a lot of expectation.  Unfortunately The Wolverine missed the mark for me.

The Wolverine
Directed By: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen

 

3 Things I Didn’t Like About The Wolverine:

1. It Had Nothing to Do With X-Men: The movie’s biggest downfall was that it had nothing to do with the X-Men series at all. The Wolverine could have been an X-Men, or an ordinary man. The plot was nothing special and nothing else stuck out as being unique to the Comic Book Universe. All this could have been resolved by fixing the next issue.

2. It Had No Mutants In It: Okay so there were a total of 2 – 2 ½ if you count the girl who could see how people die, but is that really a mutant power? They never made it clear, what if she was just a clairvoyant? Anyway one of the biggest downfalls of this movie I felt was the lack of other mutants. Okay, so yes, the fact was Logan wanted to be isolated from other mutants after what happened to Jean Gray (which honestly was so long ago I had forgotten). I just wished there were more things to tie in The Wolverine to the X-Men world, and except for the ending, none of it did.

3. It Was Predictable: I saw every plot twist coming from a MILE away and honestly, it just didn’t make sense. It wasn’t true to the character development, so frankly when the “twist” happened, I was more frustrated than anything for the movie taking the easy route.

 

2 Things I Did Like About Wolverine

1. Wolverine Takes A Bath: When you see the scene you’ll know what I’m talking about.

2. Wolverine teaming up with Yukio (Rila Fukushima): They had great chemistry, and frankly, the girl is just bad ass.

 

Premise: Long ago in Japan, Logan saved a young general, Yashida , from being killed after his country was destroyed. Years later, as the man, on his deathbed, acquires Yukio (Rila Fukushima) his granddaughter’s, Mariko’s (Tao Okamoto), best friend, to track him down and bring him back to Japan to thank him. Logan had been living in isolation when he reluctantly travels to Japan only to find out Yashida wants to offer him his mortality. Thus, Logan is forced to come to terms with his demons.

Overall, this was definitely my least favorite movie of the whole X-Men “franchise,” by just the shot of electricity I felt with the ending teaser further demonstrates how much better the film would have been tying in other mutants to the storyline.

Rating: 2 Stars

 

 

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Comments
  1. Gene says:

    Bummer man, sorry you didn’t like it. Tres reviewed this for our blog, LTBM, and enjoyed it a good deal more. You didn’t think linking it with the end events of “Last Stand” and killing Jean Grey was a good enough tie-in?

    • It was a good tie in, but I also felt that it was SO LONG ago we needed a bit more of a refresher. Or more of a link to the X-Men universe than just that ending. Take for example the Avengers series. Iron Man 2 bled into Thor and Captain America which bled into Avengers. The ending helped but it just needed more moments where you get that electrifying jolt of excitement. Does that make sense?

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