Title: The Wolverine Director: James Mangold Year: 2013 Run time: 2hrs 6m
“In modern day Japan, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will change him forever. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than ever before.”
5:00 – As powerful and moving as that was… I wouldn’t think Wolverine’s hair just grows back. 7:44 – Yay, bonus bear. 9:50 – Oh no, the bear! That went downhill so fast. 11:47 – Wolverine’s looking a bit Jean Valjean at the moment. 17:56 – “We don’t all have claws.” 19:22 – Love Wolverine being scanned for metal. Ha! 22:33 – I’d take that job, disinfecting him. 23:18 – Need that bed, it looks amazing. I bet it’s so comfortable. 31:57 – This is a weird thing to say, but Japanese roofs are amazing. 41:53 – I wanna go on one of those trains. 42:21 – International sign for Wolverine. 45:09 – He broke the bullet train! Bad wolf. 45:48 – Ahh, it’s so fast! This is like Speed on speed. 49:16 – Yes, they picked the Mars room! 57:09 – “Nothing is without meaning.” 1:05;11 – It’s horrible going back to “old haunts”, I can’t even imagine what that is like. 1:14:12 – Where the heck did she get an Audi from? 1:20:57 – Loving the actual ninjas! 1:28:08 – She is so kick-ass, I love it! 1:34:08 – The Black Clan sounds awesome, even if they’re not. 1:40:30 – So, that’s a Transformer, isn’t it? 1:55:28 – Not the first film to have someone proclaim bodyguard status at the airfield. 1:57:22 – What??? 1:58:09 – GASP! 1:58:56 – DOUBLE GASP.
I wasn’t expecting to like this one all that very much, although I’m obsessed with Hugh Jackman and would watch him in anything. The trailer made it seem as though they were taking the greatness of X-Men and then making a film in a completely different part of the world with a completely different outlook.
That’s exactly what it was, but it was no bad thing. I loved the look of the whole film, it was beautifully shot and with Japan as your background, you don’t have to try that hard to make a gorgeous picture.
Jackman was great, portraying the aching Wolverine to perfection - troubled, confused, lost, looking for purpose. It was great to see him out of his natural habitat and thrust into a world of high speed trains, ninjas with rope arrows, and a slightly odd robot grandpa.
There were some inconsistencies, the worst being the fact that Wolverine had his memories back in the first place, but you can put that to one side for a film full of great action, moving sequences, and plenty of Hugh flexing his muscles. Rila Fukushima was incredible, and the bonus post-credit scenes made me double gasp, as you can see above.