Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The Wolverine movie review

The Wolverine (2013) Poster

We went to see this yesterday with our good friends C, M and H and as huge Marvel fans (and of Hugh Jackman in particular) were expecting a great movie.

The taglines for the movie are: The hero. The fugitive. The warrior. The survivor. The legend.  The IMDB synopsis is: When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

There is a little more to the film than this, but I have to say the movie did play quite slowly.  The action when it came was very Japanese influenced, which is to be expected when set in Japan, and the scenery was quite beautiful, though my favourite aesthetic scene was Wolverine atop his motorcycle in the snow looking down at the small village in the hilltops.

Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables, Australia) was exceptional as anticipated and it was lovely to see Famke Janssen (X-Men, Taken 2) reprise her role as Jean Grey, even if it was only on the periphery.  Rila Fukushima was fantastic as Yukio considering this was her first full film role and apart from Wolverine, was my favourite character.

Model Tao Okamoto as Mariko was ethereal in her role and Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) was creepy as Viper.  Hiroyuki Sanada (The Twilight Samurai, Rush Hour 3) and Brian Tee (We Were Soldiers, Austin Powers in Goldmember) were good as bad guys but Hal Yamanouchi (The Way Back, Push) as Yashida played the most convincing part, (Ken Yamamura as young Yashida) was a little bit too perfect with his English to convince in his role for me, but as this was his first film role, it was an good debut.

You must stay to the end credits as there is a teaser for the new film X-Men: Days of Future Past, which whets the appetite well for the next X-Men instalment.

A slow burn.                                    7/10

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