Our flagship Hollywood X-Man is forced to revisit his past in Japan. The second of three stand-alone wolverine films, sandwiched between the wonderfully bad X-Men Origins, and the newly released Logan. I watched this to sink into the backstory and get myself hyped for the new Logan flick. I’ve read surprisingly good things about this entry and found myself hoping it would at least stack up against the laser focus popcorn entertainment of the Marvel entries. Is it better than X-men Origins? Yes. Does it stand up to the popcorn elites of the other Marvel and recent X-Men film entries? With a sharp breath inhaled through my teeth, it’s a hard no.
That’s not to say the film is without its moments. The unique setup of the plot, dealing with Wolverine visiting a dying friend whom he once saved in World War 2 was a fresh, more insular change of pace than the standard world catastrophe setup one would see in a comic book flick. The lower stakes allowed some more focus on Wolverine’s characterization and more screen time from all the side players in this world. However, this being a comic book movie, the broken fragments of the films first act eventually unite into a bodyguard-esque film of our main lead protecting his old time friends granddaughter from danger.
Action scenes for me were mostly functional, albeit with some new flavor due to the film’s settings. There was one spectacular set piece on top of a bullet train that was over the top in all the right ways. It may be worth the prices of admission alone, but I say that with hesitancy. The last act of the film is very much like something you’d see in a comic book, in all the wrong ways. I won’t say much, but let’s just say it reminded me of the lost Real Steel: Rising Sun sequel.
All in all the entry was lukewarm for me. Maybe like going to a fast food place on a Wednesday night, placing your order only to be forced to get something else because it’s too late to make it. Something like that. Let’s hope Logan will have what we want, and maybe throw some extra sauce on the side.
Director: James Mangold
- Love Hotel scene was a treat. Mission to Mars was the lame choice, though.
- This thing goes 300 miles per hour *Looks at camera*
- The Veins of Being Pure at Bulking
- Mariko (Marko) is a qtp2t
- That Goddamn Robot