SLICING WITH EXCITING COMIC BOOK ACTION AND HUGH JACKMAN!
By Nico Beland
Movie Review: A (3 ½ stars)
20TH CENTURY FOX AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT
Hugh Jackman back in action as The Wolverine
Everyone’s favorite metal-clawed mutant from X-Men is back in the latest spinoff of the X-Men franchise, The Wolverine. Before everyone starts comparing this movie to the 2009 prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it’s nothing like Wolverine Origins, this new Wolverine movie has a better story, more action, and better character development, plus more entertaining than the other Wolverine movie as well.
Some time after the events of X-Men 3: The Last Stand, we find Logan AKA Wolverine (Hugh Jackman-X-Men franchise, Les Miserables, The Prestige) suffering from the loss of his friend, Jean Grey, who went power mad back in the third movie. Anyway, he keeps visioning her in his dreams and he eventually wakes up every time the dream shifts into a nightmare.
So Wolverine is called back into action, thanks to a young ninja girl from Japan named Yukio, who also has psychic abilities. Yukio encourages him to come with her to Tokyo on behalf of her employer, Yashida so he can thank him for saving his life many years ago, and perhaps he can make Wolverine mortal, with a bone marrow transplant that can remove his immortality.
Unfortunately chaos is unleashed when an evil viper-mutated woman sends in a legion of killer ninjas to battle Wolverine, capture Yasida’s daughter, Mariko, and extract Wolverine’s immortality and put him up against a mechanical samurai, known as the Silver Samurai. With the help of Yukio, Wolverine will do whatever it takes to save Mariko, put an end to Viper’s reign of evil, and save the day.
Overall The Wolverine is once again another great movie in the X-Men franchise, while I wouldn’t say it’s as enjoyable as X-Men or X2: X-Men United, Wolverine is still a damn good spinoff of the series and definitely better than X-Men 3: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The action is exciting, Hugh Jackman is always a powerhouse actor, the mutants are all unique, but that’s what X-Men is best known for, creating unique mutants, good character development, and an entertaining story, it’s pretty much everything X-Men Origins: Wolverine should have been to begin with.
The Wolverine is right up there with Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel as one of the three best comic book blockbusters of the summer, Marvel for the most part certainly knows how to bring their heroes to the big screen, and the X-Men movies are no exception. With its colorful cast of characters, classic comic book action, and great science-fiction elements, X-Men is right up there as some of Marvel’s best movies and after seeing The Wolverine, it’ll most likely get you pumped up for the next film in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past.