Posted by: greercn | August 16, 2013

The Wolverine

This is a great treat to watch from start to finish. It stays absolutely faithful to the Marvel character, while giving the viewer great 3D, a real and engrossing story and the best top of a train chase ever. Yes, I am including the remake of “Pelham 123” and “Skyfall” in that comparison.

Did those films feature ninja capers on the top of a bullet train as the lovely Japanese countryside rolls by? No, they didn’t.

Hugh Jackman is very beautiful to look at as he reprises the Logan/Wolverine role, properly mourning Jean (Famke Janssen) and with two new action female sidekicks helping to ease his pain.

The sequence of the atomic bomb dropping on Nagasaki is awesome and respectful.

Japanese film conventions abound so anyone who has a soft spot for “13 Assassins” will be very happy watching this. Director James Mangold should do travel movies for Tokyo and rural Japan. He makes it look wonderful.

Wolverine has been living undercover in Canada’s north (after all he is a Canadian superhero) when Yukio (Rila Fukushima) lures him back to Japan.

From then on, it’s all high octane action and an awful lot of Jackman’s body is visible throughout. Does Hugh have a contractual clause that says he must always be half naked?

Both Fukushima and Tao Okamoto (Mariko) have great scenes although Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova) is a rather too cartoonish villain.

The supporting cast, super 3D and non stop battles keep the 126 minutes running smoothly. The last half hour seems slightly out of step with the rest, but we get back on track as the last minutes set us up for next year’s “X-Men: Days Of Future Past”.

As it’s a Marvel movie, you know you have to stay through the credits for a sneak peek at the next film, don’t you?

This is one of the best films of the summer. The Stratford East Picturehouse audience all oohed and aahed a lot. See it in 3D, please.

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  1. Good review Greer. Better than I expected, and a hell of a lot better than that piece of junk Origins tale.

  2. Thank you! I wasn’t blogging when I saw “Origins” but I think I liked it more than most people did, for the unsound reason that Hugh Jackman looks good.


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