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The Wolverine

The Wolverine (2013)

James Mangold

½

Wolverine travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior.

If I could control my dreams, I’d dream about Wolverine, or Hugh Jackman, or Wolverine. The X-men world is one of my favorites and I’ll suck down any movie they throw at the masses. As long as there is Wolverine.

This summer of superheroes started off really strong with Iron Man 3 but has quickly gone downhill from there. While I’d rate Wolverine better than Lone Ranger or Man of Steel, I wouldn’t consider it a stellar showing. While some of it is personal taste – I don’t have a huge interest or curiosity of eastern cultures – my issues with the premise were largely due to muddled intentions.

The story was simple enough but it had little focus and spent too much time meandering around Japan. The ending was transparent and the best part turned out to be the extra scene in the credits that introduces X-men: Days of Future Past. Whoa, nelly! That little tid bit was worth the price of admission alone.

It wasn’t all bad though. I could watch Wolverine fight all damn day, and the last half hour when he hit his stride was everything I was looking for in this movie. I also liked the fact that it wasn’t about the mutants this time. No mutant issues, mutant politics, blah blah blah that has been way over done in previous installments. They were who they were and they were accepted as such. I hope more of the following stories follow suite.

There was some good humor and the action was impeccable but with the slow story it’s hard to get into it. Not this summer’s best but far from it’s worst.  A decent addition to the franchise with much more promised ahead.

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