Saturday, August 3, 2013

Movies In Review: The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman reprises his sixth term as The Wolverine (2013). In a behind the scene look at the movie, Jackman states that this is his sixth movie portraying the iconic Wolverine, the most in any other super hero franchise, full-length feature film (HBO:The Wolverine First Look).
This was one of those movies where I had no real expectations going in and was pleasantly surprised. The Wolverine delivers on his inverted turmoils, his battle within his own world of good vs. evil, what he has had to do and the reality of it all. He has to continue to live, while those he has loved are gone (and maybe by his hand, or iron fitted claws).
The movie starts with a mountain man looking Hugh Jackman struggling to survive in his head, this has lead him to try to live outside of reality. However, he is soon recruited by Yukio, his red-headed "body guard" and they are jet-set for Japan. Why? Because Logan (the Wolverine) is going to say good-bye to an old friend he once saved. When he finds this old friend, he is old, decrepit and inevitably dying. His friends dying whisper to Logan is to protect his grand daughter, Mariko. There is corruption within the Yashida family, and the apple didn't fall far from the tree. To aide in the families distruction; the mutant villain introduced in this movie, Viper. Svetlana Khodchenkova brought life to the snake attack of the Viper. She did an excellent job showing how ruthless and venomous the character can be.
Overall - I really enjoyed watching this movie, it wasn't what I was expecting at all. I am by no means knowledgeable of The Wolverine, as I am sure most people are. However, this gives a great insight to the character and some more of his back story. Logan really has been around the block, or two, or a dozen!! If you love the character I would definitely go see it. It has a great heart and of course action within the movie, so I think just about anyone can enjoy it. I wouldn't say it's a must go (just because ticket prices are so expensive) and you could enjoy this just as much when it is available to rent. But, as I do love the X-men series and the character, I did enjoy the movie - so go see it and let me know what you think!