The Wolverine

The Wolverine ★★★★

Shingen: What kind of monster are you?
Logan: The Wolverine!

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Last watched James Mangold's The Wolverine about 5 years ago. I must honestly say it was a much better film than I remember. Although the source material does deviate from comic book canon, such as the Silver Samurai was not a man in a high-tech suit and Viper does not possess any extraordinary powers like she does in the film, it didn't take away from the enjoyment of the film. In fact, I liked the added "touches", especially Viper, as it kind of enhanced the enjoyment of the film as a whole without being too over-the-top. However, I'm still iffy about and not convinced that Adamantium can be pierced even by Adamantium itself. This was never comic book canon.

Logan: I said, wait in the car.
Yukio: You need backup. You're not safe, not in your condition. Just think of me as your bodyguard.

The action sequences were mind-blowing and executed extremely well. The plot does become a tad convoluted, but you still can understand the gist of what was happening and why. The opening sequence in Nagasaki where Logan saves Yashida from the bomb was truly awesome and set the tone for the film going forward. The storyline involving Yukio asking Logan to return to Japan to see a dying Yashida and then meeting with and trying to protect Mariko from the yakuza was cleverly written and the romantic plotline didn't interfere with the main story or action.

James nailed Wolverine's mannerisms, gruff personality, and traits, including Wolverine's hair style, on the proverbial head. Hugh Jackman then brought Wolverine to life onscreen, giving us his best performance yet as our favorite Canadian mutant.

Harada: I see you've come to fight. It's pointless. You're weak. You're outnumbered. The Black Clan has protected the House of Yashida for 700 years.
Logan: [as a horde of ninjas surround Logan] Is that all the men you brought?

I really enjoyed Rila Fukushima's performance in the role of Yukio. From what I can remember of Yukio in the comics, she was spot on. I also enjoyed Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova's performance as Viper, Tao Okamoto's performance as Mariko and Will Yun Lee's performance as Kenuichio Harada, leader of the Black Clan. Though she had limited screen time, Famke Janssen (Jean Grey) was a welcomed familiar face.

Overall, a phenomenal film with enjoyable acting. A solid entry for the X-Men franchise.

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