Movie Title: The Wolverine
Date Released: July 26th, 2013
Date Seen: July 26th, 2013
Seen with: Dad, Marcela
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
More of a ninja movie that just happens to have mutants in it, this movie follows Logan, aka the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), as he heads to Japan to say goodbye to a dying friend from his past. When he visits Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), he is given an offer – to become a mortal man. Some events pass, and eventually Logan is left without his healing ability. What is he to do? You will find out.
I say the movie is more of a “ninja” movie than anything because the majority of the fights involve ninjas in some way. And I’m talking ninjas, swords, stealthy jumping around, completely black outfits with face covered ninjas. There are lots of them. There are very few mutants involved, and the ones that are involved I didn’t really care for. One of my favorite things about the X-Men universe movies are the mutants, and we really didn’t get a lot of that. But, if you put that aside, the story is better than expected, there are good fight scenes, decent effects, and is relatively close to the source material.
I say relatively close to the source material because one character they completely change. Other than the actual appearance – one character is just… not right. You will see if you are a fan of the comics. Otherwise, it’s not a big deal. It’s not like they pulled an Iron Man 3 (yes, I’m still bitter). The Viper is a pretty interesting villain, I would have liked to see a bit more of her. She’s played by Svetlana Khodchenkova and is super hot. In fact, every time you see her, she’s slightly less clothed. From almost entirely covered to spandex cutout suit. Yeah, it’s a nice transformation. Her character is interesting as well (cause you know, it’s the PERSONALITY that really matters). The plot is similar to the source material plot, although noteable changes, but again, not really that big of a deal.
I found the plot very predicatble, and was actually more impressed with the post credit scene. Definitely stay after the credits. The scene happens after what I call the first credits, where it’s not scrolling yet. There’s nothing after the scrolling credits. But, anyway, the scene is intense. It’s something we all knew would happen eventually, but was great to finally see it. It made me get a little teary eyed out of joy. I think it was the best part of the movie. But then again, the trailers/previews usually are the best parts of a lot of movies.
I’d say watch this movie if you like the x-men universe, or ninjas, or just action movies. If you’re not that into it, save it for a Netflix watch but still give it a shot at some point.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review
If you’re wondering what the after the credits scene is – it’s intense is what it is. We go to an airport, two years after the events of the movie we just watched, according to the text on the screen. Logan is in an airport secuirty line, asks for a pat-down (because he obviously can’t go through the metal detector), and then notices everything metal in the room start to kind of wiggle and shake… he turns around, claws out, and is stopped by Magneto, standing behind him. Magneto explains that there’s some enemy out to destroy all of Mutant kind by building machines – cough Sentinels cough – and he needs Logan’s help. Wolverine’s like, wtf, why would I help you, I’d never trust you. If you notice around him though, everyone has been slowing down to a stop – and about that time, who appears from across the way but Professor Xavier. He says something about how “[Logan] isn’t the only one with special talents…” or something like that. Then the credits begin. It was something we all knew was coming, a return of some version of Professor X, which we better get some explanation of, but it was nice to go ahead and see him, giving you a little bit of x-men nostalgia,, and a little bit of wanting to go watch Star Trek: Next Generation……. you know, just to see the awesome that is Patrick Stewart.
The character that is significantly different in the movie is the Silver Samurai. He’s portrayed by Yashida himself in the movie, rather than Yoshida’s illegitamate son, Harada, who is also in the movie. It isn’t mentioend in the movie that Harada is Yashida’s son, and he’s Mariko’s ex lover, rather than half sibling. There’s also the HUGE missing fact that Harada is a mutant in the comic books. So yeah, that whole story line and characters (Harada and Silver Samurai) are just completely messed up.
The credits scene made this movie “worth it” for me, but it was still a good movie. Not necessarily an X-Men movie but a ninja movie that just happens to have mutants in it.