My son and I saw a movie screening of The Wolverine earlier in the week. In the film, Logan/Wolverine goes to Japan to say goodbye to a dying man he saved decades ago. Naturally, while in Japan, Logan runs into trouble. My son and I enjoyed the movie, and think fans of the X-Men series will like this film too. The Wolverine (20th Century Fox) opens in theaters today (July 26th). Continue reading for the full review of The Wolverine.
Eight Things About The Wolverine Film
It’s another movie in the X-Men series
The Wolverine is the sixth installment of the X-Men series. The film takes place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). You don’t really need to watch the X-Men series to follow the story. All you really need to know is that Logan/Wolverine is a mutant with adamantium claws and super healing ability. In X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan killed Jean Grey, the love of his life.
Wolverine feels sorry for himself, poor baby
After killing the woman he loves, Logan lives a quiet life in the woods. While he sleeps, Logan sometimes sees Jean in his dream. Other times he’s haunted by horrible nightmares. Logan struggles with living. He knows that everyone he loves will eventually die while he will live forever. To Logan, immortality is a curse and he has essentially given up on life.
Wolverine can die
In the story, Logan goes to Japan to see a dying acquaintance. Yashida, the dying man, tells Logan that he has the ability to transfer Logan’s mutant powers to himself. Logan declines, and then Yashida dies. Soon after Yashida’s death, Logan and Yashida’s granddaughter (Mariko) find themselves in danger from the Yakuza. Normally, the Yakuza wouldn’t stand a chance against Wolverine. But Logan soon realizes he has lost his super accelerated healing power. Wolverine is no longer immortal and bullets can now kill him.
Only a few mutants
Unlike other movies in the X-Men series, there are only a few people with powers in The Wolverine movie. There’s Wolverine, Viper and Yukio. That’s it. Those are the only characters in the film with meta abilities that I remembered. If you’re expecting more, you’re going to be disappointed.
A Japanese red-head doesn’t look right
One of the main characters, Yukio, is a young Japanese woman. She can see the future and is a kick-ass fighter. She also has bright red hair that just doesn’t look right on her — especially when Yukio wears a traditional Japanese outfit. I’m Asian, so please do not take my remarks as bigotry or ignorance. OK, maybe I am ignorant, but definitely not a bigot.
Silver Samurai is a giant robot
One of the villains in The Wolverine is Silver Samurai. In the comic books, the Silver Samurai is a mutant in shiny armour. But in The Wolverine movie, the Silver Samurai is essentially a giant robot in armour made from adamantium (the same material Wolverine’s claws are made out of). I think a lot of fans of the Wolverine comic books will be disappointed with this change.
Hugh Jackman is excellent as Wolverine
As expected, Hugh Jackman is excellent as Logan/Wolverine. He’s tough and buff, and definitely not a pretty boy. The Wolverine also featured Tao Okamoto (Mariko), Rila Fukushima (Yukio), Hiroyuki Sanada (Shingen), Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper), Brian Tee (Noburo), Hal Yamanouchi (Yashida), Will Yun Lee (Harada), Ken Yamamura (Young Yashida), and Famke Janssen (Jean Grey). The film was directed by James Mangold.
It’s rated PG-13
The movie is rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language. I took my ten-year old son to see the movie, and I thought the film was fine for kids his age. There’s some mild profanity and implied sex, but it’s not graphic and doesn’t involve nudity.