James Mangold’s newest film, The Wolverine, is not your average comic book superhero movie. It’s more of a stand-alone depiction of one man’s journey following a series of chaotic and troubling events. The Wolverine is a divergent type of film and nothing more than a mildly satisfying and entertaining action-adventure to go along with the rest of the summer’s blockbuster films.
Much to my surprise, The Wolverine takes place after 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand (or X3) instead of picking up from the previous similar titled film in 2009, X-Men Origins: The Wolverine. As confusing as it sounds, this is Hugh Jackman’s 6th appearance in an X-Men film as Wolverine, and not his last.
As previously mentioned, The Wolverine follows the events of X3 and follows the path of the battle worn, possibly suicidal Logan, or Wolverine as he is known. Logan is struggling with the death of Jean Grey and growing tired of his never-ending life of eternity because of his indestructible body makeup when an old, dying friend summons him to Japan. Out of his element and in a world he doesn’t know, Logan is thrown into an actual life-or-death situation for the first time in a while and is forced to push his emotional and physical limits as he struggles against samurai foes and his own immortality. This film may not always feel like a typical comic book, superhero film, but the one thing that’s for sure is that Jackman is still in top shape as Wolverine and still has what it takes to get the job done. (more…)