"The Wolverine" (2013) Movie Review
Years after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Wolverine is still haunted by the death of Jean Grey, the love of his life. She had become the Phoenix and was quickly becoming a one-woman nuke. Wolverine was forced to kill her to save humanity. Afterwards, he went into seclusion, living in the wild and vowed never to kill ever again.
A woman finds him and says an elderly man on his deathbed in Tokyo wants to see Wolverine one more time. Reluctantly, Wolverine agrees. Turns out, the man was the same man that Wolverine saved during the dropping of the atomic bomb. From here, the film becomes a dramatic action-fest that is not only pleasing to the eye but also a beautifully told story of redemption.
The acting is superb. Hugh Jackman stepped up his performance for this role, never disappointing. The pain and anguish that Wolverine feels is splendidly visualized and well-acted. The humor, whether intended or not, fits perfectly in the situations it's presented.
The CGI was impressive. I never once thought that something looked cheesy or fake. The train sequence was especially remarkable, considering how long and strenuous the scene was. It's not easy fighting on top of a train that is going 300mph, but the crew made it real.
In conclusion, I have a heavy heart because Jackman has announced that he will be retiring from the role after the third Wolverine stand-alone feature. I can't imagine anyone being better at slashing and grunting than Hugh Jackman is. We still get to enjoy him in Days of Future Past and Apocalypse and, of course, the final Wolverine film. We can still enjoy his performance for the time being. Whatever lies in store for the future of the X-Men franchise, I am looking forward to it.
© 2016 Nathan Jasper