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When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- I’m a big fan of X-Men, I’d probably go as far as to say that it’s my favourite comic book movie franchise. I’m also a big fan of Wolverine as a character. I don’t think there was ever much of a chance that I wasn’t going to like this film to some extent, simply because I love the world and the character so much. It’s Wolverine, being Wolverine, and I liked that.
- Having said that, this was a slightly different Logan to the one we’re used to seeing. He was much more vulnerable, due to his ability to heal, and therefore his mortality was called into question. Although he’s still a total bad-ass, he’s a lot more ponderous about his abilities. It certainly makes a change from the Logan we know and love.
- There can be no denying that Hugh Jackman just is Wolverine. This is the sixth time he’s played him (if you count his cameo in First Class), and he is just so comfortable in his skin. Thank goodness Russell Crowe passed.
- Talking of Hugh Jackman, there can also surely be no denying that he’s a very, very attractive man, never more so than when he’s playing Wolverine.
- I really liked the fact that this film was set in Japan. It’s not that I have any particular love for Japan, as such, but the film went there, and then stayed there. It didn’t jump around at all, and I appreciated that.
- I enjoyed seeing a film where Wolverine was surrounded, for the most part, by women. Sure, Mariko is the stereotypical damsel in distress who needs rescuing, and then happens to fall into bed with Logan. But Yukio and Viper aren’t there to be romantic heroines, nor are they there to be rescued. I loved everything about Yukio.
- I didn’t hate X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but I have to agree with the criticism that there were too many mutants in that film. In this one, there are only three, and that feels about right for this type of film.
- The scene in which Logan is questioning Noburo is classic Logan, and I loved it. “How many words was that?”
- Of course, I loved the mid-credits scene, which I almost didn’t stay for. I knew there would be one there, but I was in a tiny cinema on my own, with just four other people watching the film, and I thought I was going to be left on my own to wait through the credits (I assumed it would be a post-credits scene). Luckily, two of the other people in the cinema stayed, and so I didn’t feel like such an idiot. I’m glad I stayed, because it has whetted my appetite (as if I needed to get any more excited) about Days of Future Past next year!
What I Didn’t Like
- I know that I said that Hugh Jackman is very attractive, and it’s all very nice, but somehow I feel like this attractiveness was actually being highlighted in the first half an hour of the film, and it was actually a bit off-putting. It was all topless, bulging arm muscles for a while, and at one point he was in the bath. I love Hugh Jackman as much as the next person, but I don’t go to see a Wolverine film to perve over him. I really don’t. I felt like I was being pulled out of the story to a certain extent!
- The last third of the film was a bit of a disappointment. It was so nice to see a different sort of X-Men film; a more thoughtful one where Logan was vulnerable. And then, all of sudden, his healing powers are back, and he’s back to smash and grab Wolverine. As much as I have no problem with this kind of thing, after an hour and a half of something different, it just didn’t seem to fit.
- I don’t like Jean Grey. I didn’t like her in any of the X-Men films, and I didn’t like her here. When it was revealed that she was going to be appearing in this film, and everyone got a little excited, I was disappointed. I hate how much Logan loves her, because I hate her. She kept turning up like a bad penny, and while she was only in Logan’s imagination, she was still annoying.
- I didn’t really get why Viper had to be dressed as she was for the final scene. Sure, she has a killer body, but why dress like that when there’s the potential for a huge fight with Logan? Oh yeah, she’s a woman with a killer body. Of course.
- As much as I love Wolverine as a character, I do not like his claws. I can just about cope with the adamantium versions, I do not like seeing the bone versions. There’s something about them that makes me cringe; I can’t help but think that if they got caught on something it would hurt a lot.
I really enjoyed The Wolverine, and I know I’ll have to buy it to add it to my X-Men DVD collection. It may not have been perfect, but it was jolly entertaining and I know I’ll enjoy watching it again.