Sunday, July 28, 2013

Immediate Response: The Wolverine

Was there any doubt that I wouldn't see this movie?  I didn't think so...
Seriously, it's Wolverine vs. Ninjas and a Giant Robot Samurai.  Sold!

The Good
* Wolverine kills lots of people- with super-metal claws.  Do you need more?

* Fine.  The Story is good and takes place in a diverse set of locations.  Most of them are in Japan still, but you do get to see Tokyo and the more rural areas.
* That Train scene is both ludicrous and awesome.  It's something you have to see.
* They manage to cover entirely new territory, freeing the story from any of the other X-Men, Sabertooth and the rest.
* While Jackman is a hard act to not be overshadowed by, the Supporting Cast does a good job.  It's not a one-man show.
* Speaking of which, he does an absolutely-ridiculous, but also bad-ass moment before the climax.  You may see it coming with the foreshadowing, but it's still amazing!

The Bad
* Is Hugh Jackman allergic to shirts?  I mean, I'd probably never wore a shirt if I spent 6 months bulking up like that,'re worse than Taylor Lautner.
* One sub-plot really only makes sense if you saw X-Men: The Last Stand.  They *kind of* explain it in the film proper, but a lot of people will be lost as to the full context.
* Some of the science is a bit dubious.  I won't SPOIL what it is, but you'll know it when you see it.
* Nerd Alert: Viper has never been a Mutant.  I'm just saying...

In summary, it's not a perfect movie, but I liked it.  It's bound to be less polarizing than the X-Men: Origins film for sure.  If you like comic book movies, you'll like this one.  If you don't, you'll either like it for the bad-ass action scenes or the fact that Jackman wears a shirt for maybe 20 minutes in total.  You may like it for both- I don't judge.

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