The Wolverine (2013) – 8/10 superhero action movie

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Cast / crew
Director: James Mangold
Screenplay Writer: Mark Bomback
Screenplay Writer: Scott Frank
Producer: Lauren Shuler-Donner
Producer: Hutch Parker
Executive Producer: Stan Lee
Logan / Wolverine: Hugh Jackman
Hiroyuki Sanada: Shingen
Tao Okamoto: Mariko
Rila Fukushima: Yukio
Jean Grey / Phoenix Jean Grey: Famke Janssen
Will Yun Lee: Harada
Svetlana Khodchenkova: Viper
Haruhiko Yamanouchi: Yashida
Brian Tee: Noburo

The Wolverine (2013)

Logan saves a compassionate Japanese officer’s life during World War II. Many years later, after the death of Jean Grey, a tortured Logan receives an offer from the now-powerful, now-rich but now-dying Yashida to give him a haircut and shave. Oh, and turn him mortal.

8/10

While this is a giant improvement over X-Men Origins: Wolverine (and probably the best of the big summer movies) it has an odd quality where the plot makes sense but doesn’t feel like it. I feel it needed a tiny bit of discussion earlier about how to extract Logan’s healing ability when he doesn’t want you to. That said, it does mean that you are thinking during the final battle; attempting to grasp, as Logan is, exactly why what is going on is going on. When you consider it like that, I feel it’s a good thing. So, as I say, an odd quality. Outside of that, this is an entertaining, involving superhero movie with terrific visual effects that gives the ever excellent Hugh Jackman’s Logan / Wolverine an actual character arc to go through, doesn’t overload the movie with action and doesn’t obliterate the ability to understand the action through editing. Yet again the trailer spoils the movie significantly.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word, bad language, strong violence, gory and extremely unpleasant scenes

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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