The Wolverine

James Mangold + The Wolverine
Monday, April 22 nd, 2019 at 00:04 am Joy Browne
Director (s):
James Mangold
Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto
Adventure, Fantasy

The Wolverine of course stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and the movie places a large emphasis on the fact that he is immortal. The movie starts off in kind of a historical and upsetting fashion in a Japanese war camp. In that war camp, Wolverine is a pit, which I’m guessing is a form of solitary confinement. At that camp, B52’s start to fly over, and they are under orders to drop atomic bombs on the camp (Don’t worry, I’m not giving away too much plot). One of the soliders decides to liberate him, and is about to commit harakiri, but then Wolverine saves him from both harakiri and the atomic bomb. What ensues is what takes place after all of that. A large part of this movie takes place in Japan, and a large majority of the cast is Japanese. Wolverine in this film has a cute side-kick, which you may remember from Babel, who comes and tells him that the man who he saved is now a tycoon in Japan, and wants to say thank you. It turns out things aren’t as they seem. This movie is a little longer than two hours, which is TOO long for this kind of movie. The graphics at the beginning are, of course, wonderful. Hugh Jackman is pumped, and gets a lot of chances to show off his body. I won’t tell you much more about the plot, because it’s a comic book and it’s out there, and I don’t want to give away anything. Hugh Jackman is wonderful in this movie, but the movie itself is kind of tired and limp. Not enough happens and it comes off as a little repetitive considering we’ve all seen it before except now it’s in a Japanese accent. But do stay for the credits because there is a preview of coming attractions that will make you smile. The coming attractions and the movie together? Three and a half stars. The movie itself? Two and a half stars.

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