The Wolverine (2013)
RJG Rating- 80
The immortal mutant ,Wolverine ,is invited by a soldier who he had rescued in World War 2.
Starring- Huge Jackman
Director- James Mangold
First of all ,The Wolverine is a sequel to 2006's XMen:The Last Stand (aka XMen3).
Huge Jackman is the heart and sole of this movie.He was born to play Wolverine and it doesnt matter even if everything fails ,Jackman would still be able to shine as Wolverine.But fortunately ,this isnt like XMen Origins (which was a colossal failure).Jackman gives one of his best performances as Wolverine.The movie has some good supporting actresses,Rila Fukushima (Yukio) and Tao Okamoto (Mariko) help keep the story running.
The story tries to pack enough drama and action into its 2hr duration.While this is a good approach ,i felt there was a bit too much drama that dragged a bit.The story focuses entirely on Wolverine and theres little time wasted on anyone else.The concept behind making him a mortal was a bit fuzzy ,but thanks to Jackman ,this isnt a big deal for the audience.From start to finish Jackman carries the movie with style and total power.
The villains were a bit of a disappointment.Viper, the Ninjas nor the Silver Samurai were of the same league as Wolverine and just seemed way too inferior.
Having Jackman go topless for majority of the movie was a clever trick by director,James Mangold.He knew exactly what the fans want and delivers it.Direction was good.Pacing was a bit slow generally ,but it picks up with the brilliant action scenes.All the action scenes were fast and intense and gave the movie the much needed adrenaline.The dramatic scenes are not meaningless and do have some depth in them.
Setting the movie in Japan was another great idea to infuse fresh blood into the superhero franchise.Since the movie is a standalone chapter in the XMen franchise ,not much memory of the previous movies are needed.Watching the movie was like reading a comic book, and at the end of the day ,thats what matters.
And do watch out for the end credits scene ! It does send a chill up your spine!
Overall ,fans wont be disappointed with Wolverine.Its one of the best superhero movies of this year.A must watch!
PS:My ranking of the XMen series