This film explores more of the Wolverine’s inner struggles and his tortured past.Marvel’s The Wolverine is a great improvement over 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This film explores more of the Wolverine’s inner struggles and his tortured past, which he battles on a daily basis. We learn how his mutant healing ability, while being his greatest strength, is also is greatest curse, and how he is constantly haunted by the ghosts of the past.
The movie picks up after the events of X-Men 3, beginning with World War II flashbacks. Logan (Hugh Jackman), a POW, saves a Japanese solider named Yashida from the atomic bomb. Fast forward 50 years later, Logan is living the life of a caveman when a red-haired anime-looking girl named Yukio (Rila Fukushima) finds him, and coaxes him to travel back to Tokyo to say goodbye to the dying Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi). But will a dying friend be all that the Wolverine encounters?
Some character development was less than satisfying, but the incredible action sequences of The Wolverine make up for it.Besides being extremely likable, Jackman is buffed and ready for action in this movie. He was born to play Wolverine. The supporting cast is strong, but the lack of chemistry between Jackman and his love interest, Tao, makes their connection less impressive. Some character development was less than satisfying, but the incredible action sequences of The Wolverine make up for it, being really enjoyable to watch, including an amazing fight scene on top of a speeding bullet train!
It is definitely Jackman’s best portrayal of the character to date. One gets the sense that Jackman is genuinely devoted to the character, with this being his sixth time in the role. For any of you that are die-hard fans of X-Men and the Wolverine you will find the film enjoyable to watch. I would however save my money on seeing it in 3D.
PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, and some sexuality and language
Run Time: 2 hour 16 minutes
The Wolverine is currently playing nationwide.