Movie Review: The Wolverine (Confirmed Good)
|Marvel/FOX Czar Mark Millar hopes The Wolverine can do for FOX what |
Iron Man did for Marvel Studios and launch FOX's own Marvel Cinematic universe!
Director James Mangold’s execution of Wolverine's time in Japan was handled pretty well. Rather than spend a film explaining Logan’s past in Japan the film gives you that in flashbacks and instead chooses to focus on Wolverines life post X-men: The Last Stand, which eventually leads him on a return trip to Japan. This choice in narrative gave Mangold the opportunity to really scratch beneath the surface of the Wolverine character in a way not seen since X2 as he deals with the loss of Jean Grey, who returns in a series of very powerful dream sequences brilliantly portrayed by the beautiful Famke Janssen.
|The Wolverine sees the return of Famke Jansen as Jean Grey.|
Mangold’s choice in narrative really served as more of a brilliant character study of Wolverine for the first two thirds of this film rather than the action bloated stereotypical superhero film. Instead of seeing Wolverine slice and dice through Japan for the entire film, most of it is spent dealing with Logan’s lack of mortality. While this film night not be the Wolverine film you were expecting, it felt rather like a really good creative team stepped onto a Wolverine comic choosing to focus on Wolverine the man instead of Wolverine the hero.