Before getting into The Wolverine we first need to look back on the last Wolverine movie: X-Men Origins: Wolverine. This was a movie with all the right intentions. The makers knew that Wolverine was one of the most successful parts of the X-Men movies so giving the audience more of him seemed like a good idea. Then they decided to add in fan favorite comic characters like Sabertooth, Gambit, and Deadpool into the mix to make the movie even more enjoyable. Unfortunately they found a way to ruin each of these characters and take away the cool factor that everyone loves about them. For example, Deadpool, a very chatty character who is always joking around was turned into a mute. It was decisions like these that turned what could have been a really cool movie into something that was really hard to enjoy.
There was at least one enjoyable segment I can remember from the film, but for the most part it really fell flat. However, you can’t say it didn’t try. They attempted to give us the characters we wanted and some of the storyline we were interested in, but the movie just couldn’t seem to get any of the characters right and the movie just fell apart by the end of it.
Now we are here with the next Wolverine movie: The Wolverine. You can tell they have learned from the mistakes of the last film because this movie is a much smaller scale. There are not nearly as many characters to geek out over, but what we are given works a lot better than what was on screen last time.
The story here is about Wolverine’s time in Japan. It is about the people he meets there who attempt to take away the burden of his powers. Being able to live forever is great until everyone else around you dies. Wolverine must deal with this problem as he debates whether or not his healing powers are helpful or a burden. This is mostly shown through flashbacks to his former love Jean Grey who has been dead for some time now. They get the point across, but aren’t really all that emotional and are really more cheesy than anything. Still, they work well enough to get the message across of Wolverine’s pain.
What works better here is the action. Particularly one action scene that takes place on top of a train works really well. It is a memorable action moment that really gets one on the edge of their seat. The rest of the action in the movie is also intense and well done although none really top that one moment on the train.
The acting is all fitting for each of the characters. No one really gives a mind blowing performance, but then again no one gives a bad one. They are all good in their role, but not outstanding. In fact, that’s how I’d describe the movie itself. Good, but not outstanding. It will entertain you and perhaps even get some emotion out of you, but there is nothing about it that will really blow you away and make a real big impression on you. It’s just a plain old good movie. Nothing more, nothing less.
Also, be sure to stay during the credits as there is an extra scene in the middle of them. This scene sets up the next movie in the franchise. The next movie looks to be aiming a little bigger than this one which means it may end up being better or falling harder. Time will tell on that one. For now, enjoy what we have.