The Wolverine

The Wolverine ★★½

(Logan throws a man off a balcony - he lands in a pool several stories below)
Yukio: How did you know there's a pool down there?
Logan: I didn't.

I wanted to revisit some of the X-Men films I haven't seen in awhile, in the hopes of washing the bad taste of Dark Phoenix from my mouth. But I shouldn't have started with this. It's actually worsened upon revisit.

Beyond the central characters of Logan, Yukio, and Mariko, every other significant character changes motivations and allegiance about seven times during the movie. It's nearly impossible to figure out why someone protects a person from being kidnapped, only to help kidnap them a few scenes later, protect them again a few scenes later, and betray them again a few scenes later. This sort of thing happens with MULTIPLE CHARACTERS.

The action scenes are good, the performances decent, and the film looks great. But there's just no overcoming bad writing. If you're like me and are looking to recapture some of that old X-magic, look elsewhere. Not Recommended.

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