The Wolverine [2013] ★★½

the-wolverine-poster-404x600Anyone looking for unforgettable thrills in “The Wolverine” is out of luck. The movie isn’t innovative, it isn’t deep, and the characters aren’t particularly well developed (Blame it on Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon who truly raised the bar for D.C/Marvel at the movies). But I still had a good time watching it. It’s hard to dislike any movie starring Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, who was always the best thing about the X- Men films. And he’s center screen here once again, following 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, repeatedly waking up pissed off, and showing his rage at the world (we wouldn’t want it any other way wolfie). The opening credit sequence gets us up speed as we find our man Logan surviving the Nagasaki nuclear bomb that effectively ended World War II. On that day, he also saved the life of Yashida, a Japanese soldier. Fast forward to the present, a dying Yashida asks to see Logan one last time and offers him the opportunity to get rid of his immortality and live like a normal human being . Logan refuses (naturally) and that’s it for spoilers. Screenwriters Mark Bomback and Scott Frank, who should know better, introduces all kinds of characters. I could have done with more of Yukio (Rila Fukushima), an impoverished orphan adopted and who kicks ass with style, and less of Yashida’s annoying son who’s up to no good. The movie also has too many subplots and not enough time to deal with them properly (it would have been better had the script been more tightly focused). But despite those flaws, the film offers some solid fight scenes, an awesome Hugh Jackman who’s a world class charmer and a surprise post-credit scene. It’s not the biggest blockbuster of the year (far from it), but it entertained me, and I can’t dismiss that because of its imperfections.

Rating: 2.5/4

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