With few mutants, less super powers, and more emotions, The Wolverine was unusual and different from the earlier X-Men films; it’s more like a comic book mini-series rather than a part of the main X-Men story line.
After an impressing opening scene set in World War II, we see Logan, aka Wolverine, in the aftermath of the events of X-Men: Last Stand. He killed Jean Grey, the woman he loved, and now he has nightmares about her, and he’s in constant anger and depression. Logan was about to get into a bar fight, when a Japanese girl stopped him, and told him a dying old friend wanted to offer him a gift, “what every soldier wants”. So he takes off to Japan, and things go downhill from there.
I’m still convinced that X-Men movies need more blood, specially the Wolverine fight scenes, and I still wasn’t satisfied with the amount of blood we got in The Wolverine – but again, you wouldn’t expect more from a PG movie. The blood matter aside, the movie was surprisingly better crafted than the previous X-Men movies (X-Men First Class is still my favorite though), but some characters weren’t properly developed and some were just annoying. The fight scenes weren’t what you’d expect in an X-Men movie, with the lack of mutants and all, but they were still enjoyable. It was also pleasant to see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine again, and he did the same job we liked in the previous movies.
Again, The Wolverine isn’t your usual X-men movie, and it’s definitely not the best super hero movie of the year ( I still think it was Man of Steel, review), but it does the job as an entertaining X-Men flick featuring the Wolverine we all love.
Oh and people, don’t forget to wait for the post-credits scene, I thought it was the best part of the movie!
Rating: 7.5/10. Unusual… Yet entertaining.