His origin has been explored, his torment over the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), the fact he’s a loner and can’t control his temper, so what’s left? Well, a lot more of all that, though a theme that penetrates the first act involving Logan’s struggles of life vs. death are interesting, too bad they are so mishandled the rest of the way.
Many people who were eager to see a unique superhero/comic book adaptation felt their hopes shatter after the original version of The Wolverine – planned by director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan) and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) – collapsed in pre-production. There are times (read: the third act) when The Wolverine suffers from muddled storytelling and uninspired spectacle – the same problems that are present throughout the infamous prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Still, the majority of Mangold’s film ended up being (surprisingly) close to what McQuarrie had in mind : a thoughtful character study of the eponymous Adamantium-claw wielding mutant, with the occasional action sequence included here and there (for good measure).
The Wolverine” is a thoughtful, deliberately paced character piece that gives us a reason to truly root for the character. It is dark and dramatic but still has some good one liners (much better than the forced Iron Man 3 comedy). They finally made Wolverine mortal, we see true fear in his eyes. There is plenty of action but it’s balanced out with some drama. Logan has some nice dynamics with the mostly Japanese cast, especially with the two female leads with whom he experiences a bit of culture shock.
What’s with all the bashing of the last Wolverine movie? That’s the only thing I really object to in your review of this movie. I like the different approach this movie took with the change in setting, but it didn’t quite have the charge or the bite of all the other movies “Logan” has appeared in. I even sensed adamantium fatigue setting in on Jackman’s performance at times. The 3 lead actresses (not Famke Jannsen) were surprisingly good.
As to the Days of Future Past, I know the original story took place in both 1980 and 2013, but the X-men’s ‘present’ was 1980 and 2013 was 30 some years in the future where sentinels have taken over the United States and have killed or inprisoned most of the Marvel superheros. It seems to me that the movie’s ‘present’ should be 2013 or 2014 and the ‘future’ should be some 30 years from now so 2040 something. Anyways, just my thoughts.