Hugh Jackman became famous in 2000 when he first played the mutant Wolverine in "X-Men." He has now played the role six times and will be Wolverine again next year in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." This past summer, Jackman played the role in "The Wolverine," which was just released on Blu-ray and would make a good holiday gift for fans of the actor, the franchise, or both.
This movie is set after the events of the third "X-Men" movie. In it, Wolverine, whose real name is Logan, is living in the forest and is trying to avoid a life that involves fighting. The reluctant warrior has nightmares of his dead lover, Jean Grey (played by Famke Janssen), who was also a mutant. His hiding place is found by Yukio, a Japanese woman who invites him to Japan. Logan goes to Japan, where he finds Yashida, a successful businessman, who is dying. During World War II, Logan saved him from the atomic bomb. He offers Logan to transfer his powers to him. This way, he can grow old and die, and Yashida can live. Logan says no and shortly after this, Yashida dies. Logan then becomes involved in a power struggle over Yashida's empire.
The cinematography in the film is very impressive. Like "Lost in Translation," this movie makes Japan look great. Also, the early scenes in the forest are well done.
Hugh Jackman gives his best performance yet as the troubled Logan. He is very dedicated to the role as he put on a lot of muscle for it.
The action scenes are very exciting. In particular, the fight scenes are excellent. This is especially true in a scene fairly early that is set at a funeral.
"The Wolverine" is a strong addition to the "X-Men" franchise.