Movie Review – The Wolverine
July is just about over and the last of the five movies I planned to see this summer, The Wolverine, has been released. And, oh boy, was it worth the wait.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
The Wolverine continues the adventures of the X-Men stand out, with a brief sojourn into the past. The movie opens up in World War 2 era Japan with two bombers circling overhead. There isno locator here, but it is obvious we are either in Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Here we find Logan, a POW and thrown into solitary. Into this we meet Yashida, the only one who tries to help the captive soldiers in the camp, including Logan. For his troubles, Yashida is rescued by Logan, bearing witness to the mutant’s exceptional healing abilities.
The Movie then advances to the present. Logan has retreated from the world, still troubled by the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. In spite of this, he allows himself to be talked into journeying to Japan to say farewell to the dying Yashida. Once Wolverine finds himself in Japan, he becomes embroiled in a whirlwind adventure featuring Yakusa, ninja, kidnapping, and lots and lots of action.
The best way to tell how The Wolverine succeeds as a movie is to compare it to the failure that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was. First off, rather than creating some slipshod origin story, The Wolverine is based on the first Wolverine mini-series, released in 1982 and created by comics legends Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
More importantly, The Wolverine is really a movie about Logan. The number of mutants in this movie are extremely few, and most have some direct function in the movie. X-Men Origins: Wolverine became a mutant showcase, with some mutants thrown in for no reason (Gambit), and others bastardized (Deadpool) with find some sort of justification in the movie.
The best part about this movie is that they tweaked the paradigm that is Wolverine. We all know Wolverine is a mutant with healing abilities, claws, and adamantium attached to his bones. There really is not much that can hurt him. This movie throws Logan a curve ball by disabling his healing ability. Thanks to this, we see a version of Logan that even he has never seen, one who can’t shrug off gunshots, who grows tired easier, even one who can’t even heal easily from a simple shaving cut. Put him in a land he has not seen in half a century and we have a main character the audience can relate to better.
I am definitely not disappointed in putting The Wolverine onto by 5 must see list this summer.
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