The Wolverine (2013) – Martial Art- Fantasy Adventure that tells the story of a Fallen Hero
Actors: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi
Duration: 126 min
You might like this movie if you enjoyed:
The Last Samurai (2003), X- Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Long Story Short:
The movie is set after the events of X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), is living on the streets, not caring about what’s going to happen to him or the world around him. But when a dying old “friend” (Hal Yamanouchi) asks him to come to Japan to say good bye, he soon figures that this is more than just a formal visit and the hero that still slumbers inside of him needs to wake up and react fast.
This was much more than I expected. I already liked the first Wolverine, and according to what I heard it was actually the most accurate Marvel adaptation. Part one was filled with action, special effects and, of course, lots of mutants. But The Wolverine has a lot more to offer; sure, we only have two mutants this time, a good and an evil one, however, this time we get much more complexity of Wolverine’s character and find out a little bit more about his psyche and the struggle he goes through. On top of that we get lots and lots of martial arts, which I personally appreciated more in a PG-13 rated movie, because one thing about X-Men Origins: Wolverine that aggravated me was the fact that people get killed but they don’t really bleed, and the weapons they have been killed with are squeaky clean. I mean shouldn’t 13-year old children know that people who get hurt bleed? Or is the MPAA trying to give children a false perception so they think if they stab or shoot someone they can’t really hurt them? But let’s save that for another discussion.
Hugh Jackman looks like he has been locked up in a gym ever since the first Wolverine, meaning he is more in shape than ever, on top of that he gives us a great performance. It is not the typical X-Men movie, to me it was actually more than that. The Wolverine kept the pace of part one and turned it up a few notches. As always, I wouldn’t recommend the 3-D version, it’s not worth it in my opinion.
Oh, one more thing: When the end credits roll in don’t just leave, there is another scene coming, at last half of the movie theater missed it the day went to see it. There is a reason when lights don’t come on, I’m just saying.