The Wolverine

Possibly better than the actual movie.
Possibly better than the actual movie.

I was not expecting much. After the…debacle? sure, we’ll go with that, that was X-Men Origins:Wolverine, all I hoped for walking into this was, well, not that. And, surprise, surprise, it wasn’t. After 6 movies or so portraying The Wolverine, I was wondering just how much Huge Jacked-man had left in his tank for this character. I think it’s safe to say he will be The Wolverine until he is physically unable. Geez, does he own it by now. And, also, after so many films, you wonder if there is a story left to tell with him. Absolutely, yes, there is. I’m very thankful they opted to push the chronology of this film to after X-Men 3, instead of making a direct sequel to that limp prequel BS. Logan is a haunted man. He tries to drown his sorrows the only way a man knows how: whisky and solitude. But, heroics just come naturally to this guy, no matter how hard he tries to run away from it. Doing his best lumberjack impression, he’s trying to fit in in O, Canada, when he is discovered by the granddaughter(s friend) of the guy he saved from the effects of Fat Man during WW2. So, Japan. Samurai. All that. I think it’s funny that Hollywood still can’t fully portray other cultures without sticking the white guy in there to save the day. I mean, that’s not about this movie, but just movies in general. I’m losing you, let me get back on  point….so Logan(who does NOT want to be called Wolverine, people) goes to visit his old friend, who basically asks him to die, so that he can have his healing powers. Yeah, dick move, right? Anyway, Logan says no, drama ensues…then fighting….then more drama…then another fight…then a dramatic reveal during the FInal Battle. I love James Mangold. 3:10 To Yuma is one of my all time favorites, but I think this movie relies a little too heavy on formula. Like most superhero movies tend to do these days. I was more disappointed in Iron Man 3, but I can’t say that this movie transcends into greatness at any point. Was it enjoyable? Yes. Did I leave feeling like I knew more about Wolverine as a character? A little. He seems to finally get over Jean Grey by the end of it, so that’s good. And, there’s an obligatory stinger midway through the credits that makes a statement about what we might expect from that X-Men movie coming out next year. All in all, it was a good, if very predictable, time. Nothing to get angry about, but nothing to overly celebrate as revelatory, either.

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Joshua has been an avid fan of movies since he first saw Indiana Jones escape that rolling boulder and resoundingly punch Nazis to death. Forever wrestling with the notion of "why" in movies, he believes there is such a thing as "A Perfect Film."