Review: The Wolverine (2013 film)

Posted: July 29, 2013 in Review
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Go see the movie. You will enjoy it.

I wrote “2013 film” in parentheses because there’s a million different “The Wolverine” out there, and not just that team up north in Michigan, of whom only about 20 fans of I like. If you don’t get that, you don’t know Ohio or Michigan or college football.

I’m a huge fan of Wolverine, and I love Japan (total otaku), and I love action movies, so I was psyched to see this film, especially since it was supposed to be so much better than X-Men: Wolverine. I was not disappointed. The story follows Wolverine as he is taken to Japan to pay his respects to a dying man whom he saved when the second bomb fell and exploded in an unrealistic fashion. However once he gets there, thing start to get strange, and Logan has to protect the daughter of a business tycoon while all sorts of dangerous forces come after her…and Logan! Plus romance and new friendships and enemies and a ninja with hair dyed deep-red wearing casual clothes make for a great afternoon well-spent.

Of the actors, Hugh Jackman is always great playing the role of a surly tough guy, while Tao Okamoto playing Mariko Yashida touched my heart. Rila Fukushima is awesome as ninja psychic Yukio, while Hiroyuki Sanada as one of the main villains in the story is scary. And watch Svetlana Khodchenkova as the Viper puts the” fatal” in femme fatale. Also, watch for cameos from Famke Jessen (Jean Grey), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), and Ian McKellan (Magneto). And stick around after the credits, you’ll get a hint of what’s coming next year in X-Men: Days of Future Past, where the latter two show up.

Also be aware of some awesome special effects, including the Silver Samurai character. And there are some great fight sequences between Logan and the many Yakuza and ninja enemies he has to take on, especially since he’s taking them on with some handicaps (you’ll find out all about that when you see the movie).

All told, I’m giving The Wolverine a 4.5 out of 5. Can’t wait for next summer. Actually I can, I’ve got Elysium next month and two or three movies in October that will hopefully scare the crap out of me. I’ve got plenty to look forward to.

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