I think compared to the other superhero movies this year, The Wolverine probably received the least hype. In a way that’s probably a good thing because this movie deserves your time, trust me! Especially if you’re an X-Men fan or for the ladies a Hugh Jackman fan (Yes he is shirtless in quite a few scenes).
Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this sequel to the member of the X-Men’s first solo outing. Mark Bomback and The Usual Suspects’ Christopher McQuarrie penned the script, which takes its inspiration from the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character’s adventures in Japan as he fights ninjas in the ceremonial garb of the samurai
Personally I prefer it when Wolverine is with the rest of the X-Men in a movie or even in the comics so I was kinda 50/50 about watching another solo Wolverine film but this one really surprised me.
As an ambassador for Clear Men – The World’s No. 1 Male Shampoo, I was invited to the premiere of The Wolverine and since I am a fan of comics and Hugh Jackman, I figured why not give it a shot.
And you know what? I have no regrets!
I must say that with this movie, James Mangold does show what a versatile director he is. Considering he directed Knight and Day with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, this movie is totally in a different direction. Perhaps it’s because he’s nailed down the first most important thing about The Wolverine, he’s a brutal killing machine. The significance of those adamantium claws that really slice through anything plays a huge part in showing the essence of his character.
In this movie it’s a bit of a conflict where those claws are concerned. Without giving too much away, Logan has made a vow after the events of X-Men The Last Stand, he never wants to kill again after being forced to kill Jean Grey. Through the events of the movie we see how the claws slowly make their way out again and that brutality of The Wolverine resurfaces.
It’s definitely a more violent take on the character compared to X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the X-Men trilogy and that’s a good thing especially since Hugh Jackman himself is such a menacing figure. I think he’s really found a comfort zone with this character in this movie and you know what, he just might be The Wolverine for real because he’s been playing this character for 13 years………and he doesn’t seem to age.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Huge tip! DO NOT leave the cinema the moment the end credits roll. There is a brilliant surprise midway through the end credits and it will be the treat all X-Men fans have dreamed of since the franchise began!
The Wolverine opens in cinemas 25 July
Images courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Singapore
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