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Not Every Wheel Must Be Reinvented: The Wolverine Review

16 Aug 2013 | By Linda Kimaru

Of all the movies I’ve had to watch recently, this was the one that I was least excited for. I mean, I’m a fan of the X-Men franchise and get how Wolverine is the most popular of the X-men but these movies were starting to get a little old. So when I had to go and watch it, my first instinct was “meh”.

If you think this is the part I say I was sorely mistaken and that it was a great movie – it isn’t. What I can tell you though is that of all the movies parading as summer blockbusters this year, The Wolverine actually managed to stay within it’s genre.

Basically, brooding Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) gets tracked down by an old friend, Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) who wants to say goodbye to him because he’s about to croak. Add to that the stunning backdrop of Japan, a love interest who Wolverine had to protect from the big bad evil and kick ass fight choreography and you’ve got a nicely wrapped action movie.

Wolverine has to keep confronting his demons because that crazy Jean Grey keeps appearing to him coaxing him to “the other side” which is presumably death. The movie picks up from the last X-Men installment where he had to kill her in order to prevent her from killing…well, everything in her sight. So he broods throughout this movie. A lot.

The strange thing however is as much as I’d like to fault Wolverine for a storyline you might have seen somewhere before, I can’t. It seems to work. After the failure that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine it’s great to see a movie where one of Marvel’s most loved superhero gets to shine. The story is pretty tight. The action scenes are choreographed to perfection. There’s enough dialogue to keep you in the loop but not so much of it that you start wondering if you sat in the wrong cinema.

The Wolverine doesn’t try and come off as a story you’ve never seen before. It takes a narrative that you’ve seen before and thrown in some adamantium claws. The smartest thing they did – they used this old formula and worked it to the bone. By they I mean writers Mark Bomback (Unstoppable, Total Recall) and Scott Frank (Minority Report, Out of Sight).

Without a doubt hard-core fans of the franchise will have their complaints about this movie even though there are subtle nods and references to the comics. And I would get why. But I think we’re past the point of wanting movies to “stay true to comics/books etc”. These characters need to develop in a way that the non-geeky, action loving audience can understand and grow to love. This is what the writers of The Wolverine understood and this is why it’s a good movie.

By Linda Kimaru

Review Courtesy of Century Cinemax Junction

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