Posted on 8/12/13 12:00 PM
The last movie staring Wolverine was awful. So imagine my surprise when I heard they were making a sequel. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to not only be a great film, but the best superhero film of the summer.
Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this sequel to the member of the X-Men's first solo outing. Mark Bomback and The Usual Suspects' Christopher McQuarrie penned the script, which takes its inspiration from the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character's adventures in Japan as he fights ninjas in the ceremonial garb of the samurai. Knight and Day's James Mangold directs. (Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi)
The Story here is overall pretty good, despite a few plot holes it is well told, and it is delivered in a stylish and cool way. It is more than just a straightforward action film, The Wolverine is the study of Logan. The study of a man who has lived for over a century, who hasn't aged at all while he has watched those he has loved wither away and die, and a man who has killed the one person he loves most.
The script is really well done, a surprise considering the biggest problem with X-Men Origins was indeed the shit script. The dialogue is quirky, funny, and natural.
The acting here is top notch. Everyone here gives good performances, but the star of the movie is Hugh Jackman, who proves he is still THE WOLVERINE, he gives what is easily the best performance of his career.
The action, despite some shaky cam that annoyed me, is great. There is a fight scene on a moving bullet train that is easily the best action sequence in the X-Men film series' history.
The Wolverine is a great surprise. It is well acted, well directed, beautifully shot, and is easily the best superhero movie of the summer. And take my advice: STAY AFTER THE CREDITS. There is something there that easily made me give the movie points, and while I won't spoil what it is, I can say this: X-Men Days Of Future Past can't come soon enough.