The Wolverine

The Wolverine ★★★★

"Mostly overlooked but The Wolverine is defining entry in X-Men movie universe. It's a fantastic, emotional, and solid first collaboration between James Mangold and Hugh Jackman."

The Wolverine takes place after the events of X-Men Last Stand where Logan AKA Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is living life as a loner. An old friend from the past calls upon Logan to Japan soon Logan finds himself between family battle each with their own gains to be fulfilled. Wolverine as a movie undermines many things from previous movies however don't ignore them. James Mangold tells a smart emotional story for Wolverine. He works a character study for Logan, as his most powerful thing is also he hates, his regenerative ability. His claws and animal rage is something else. Hugh Jackman is not really helped by his Japanese supporting cast but that is alright because Jackman takes this movie to new heights with his range. The story is very simple but the presence of Jackman really helps a lot. I really do wish someone from Wolverine Origins might appear but as writers thought, the movie only acknowledges the death of Jean Grey from the Last Stand. Something that plays a very large role in this movie and for Logan. What made The Wolverine more engaging was that we finally get to see Logan mortal. He literally will get hurt if he gets shot or cut. For the first time ever, he is no longer invincible and this escalates the tension every time he's in a fight against an adversary. We see Wolverine lingering in the boundary between life and death. The film is a lot better than its prequel in comparison to storytelling, special effects, and even performances. The movie is also the first time Wolverine movie was rated-R but that was also amped up in Logan. Wolverine is often overlooked as a monumental movie for not only the X-Men series but for Hugh Jackman's Wolverine character. Overall, The Wolverine is a great action movie, with Logan facing the loss of his immortality and healing power. The story has many holes and feels mostly like a side story for the X-Men universe and that is a great thing because it gives rests the exhausting X-Men trilogy.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Story. Emotional grit. Direction.