Friday, July 26, 2013

The Wolverine

The Wolverine is a 2013 comic book/samurai film about a Hugh Jackman who goes to Japan because he can't find his purpose in life. The Wolverine is the biggest missed opportunity in cinema in a very long time. But that isn't to say that it is a terrible movie. The film is a very strong look at Logan/Wolverine and is the closest we have to come to seeing him portrayed correctly on film. Hugh Jackman is at the top of his game, and is as good as he ever was, but there are 2 major flaws that really prevent the Wolverine's teeth from fully sinking in: The first one is the rating. We never fully see how savage Wolverine can get. We come pretty close, but people needed to be a bit more sliced and diced. Sure there was blood on his claws and he did stab a man in the throat on screen, but he never once raged as well as he did in X2. And the other is its stupid audience. This could have been a very deep and philosophical samurai film, but because modern film goers are fucking retarded, the film had to have a big dumb action sequence at the end. The action in the film was good, a lot of it was very good, in fact, but this is the perfect example of "less is more". I would have been more satisfied with a simpler and smaller ending. Actually, the ending almost ruined the movie, because it seems so forced and abrupt. I can't blame the film makers, because the aren't making a Wolverine film for me, they are making one for the general public, and the general public has to see big dumb spectacles. The film is enjoyable, mostly for its first 2 acts, and its button scene, which was my favorite scene of the year, but I can't let go of the fact that it could have been more. I still recommend it to anybody who likes the X Men movies or just Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, because it is still a competent film with a cohesive beginning, middle and end. It's entertaining enough, and it is a large step up from the last Wolverine solo outing, but it could have been a masterpiece, if studio executives were more trusting. The Wolverine may not be the best he is at what he does, but he he does is pretty fun

1 comment:

  1. Though it could have been way better, I still appreciated it for being than most other superhero flicks. Good review Lukas.