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DVD review: The Wolverine (2013)

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The Wolverine

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The anticipation for comic book movies is at an all-time high. Comic book movies have become one of the biggest box office draw in modern filmmaking. They have been the toast of the silver screen for over a decade. These characters from the pages of what was once considered “kids stuff” are becoming more widely accepted by the masses and are now some of the more highly anticipated films every year. The public can’t get enough and filmmakers are quickly rushing to find the next big hero to man his own franchise.
The Wolverine is () convergence of martial arts, action, and story-telling. It’s the sequel to the less than stellar (add yr) film, Wolverine: X-Men Origins. Hugh Jackman makes a return to the character of marvel comics most famous mutant. This movie has a number of small nuances are filtered in to appease the hardcore fan base which helps to right the wrongs of the travesties of X-Men 3. The film stars Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables),Will Yun Lee (Elektra), Tao Okamoto (Made in Hollywood: TV series), Rida Fukushima (Karma: A Very Twisted Love Story), Hiroyuki Sanada (47 Ronin), and Famke Jessen (Taken 2), with an appearance by Patrick Stewart (Ted) and Ian McKallen (Lord of the Rings: The Desolation of Smaug).
The Wolverine is a deeply sympathetic approach to Marvel comics’ most popular mutant. The film that continues to evolve one of Marvels most popular characters. This movie focuses again heavily on the romantic aspects that Logan tries to use to have some semblance of normalcy to his chaotic life. But the setting for this story is Japan.
This film uses one of the stories from the comics as a basis for this film but it makes a few subtle changes to the origin that helps with them updating of the big screen version of the character. In the comics, this story was based on Wolverine’s adventures prior to meeting the X-Men, however, for this film sets the film some years after. It’s a deeply reflective look into Wolverine and how he now views his life as a tortured existence. Just like his first solo film, The Wolverine uses a number of flashbacks to show the checkered history of the character.
Hugh Jackman has now appeared as Wolverine in more films than anyone else as one character in a superhero film. He’s got a great take on the character and know it in and out. This role is no different than the other times he has put on the claws. Jackman’s portrayal is constant and steady.
The Wolverine is good but not great. It’s just another mildly entertaining film that the series of X-Men films has become. This franchise of films has become far too mundane and marred by so many average movies. After a great introduction to the big screen back in 2000? There have only been two really good films that are associated with these characters. The Wolverine is yet another case of this. The Wolverine is just average and nothing special. It’s a decent watch that just teeters above mediocrity. It’s clearly better than his first solo film but not good enough to rival the other superhero blockbusters of 2013 like Iron Man or Man of Steel. If like or know of Wolverine origin then you will enjoy it even more.

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