As has become my habit,
I nowadays go to the movie theater with no expectations. Especially when I go
watch a film based on a comic book character. They all seem to be a means to an
end, the end being another film that will make more billions of dollars than the
previous one. I guess, it is one of the reasons I dislike the entire ‘The
Avengers’ series. Some of the films in the series felt like a cog in the scheme
of things, insulting the idea a feature film itself. Nonetheless I watch all of
them, because at heart I am a movie junkie.
Anyway, after the
debacle, which X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I was wondering what exactly they were
going to do the poor creature now. There is a limit to which you can make a
screaming Hugh Jackman interesting. (Though I do wonder how Wolverine – The Musical
would look like, considering Jackman’s singing and dancing talents). But I was
surprised by the manner in which the director James Mangold has developed this
installment of the character’s journey. The story itself is not very bright but
it is the treatment that has been given to the film that makes it an enjoyable
The film starts off
after the last X-Men film, where Logan (Hugh Jackman) has become a recluse
after the death of Jean Grey. Soon we are transported to Tokyo, Japan where he
accompanies Yukio (Rila Fukushima), a young Japanese woman who tells Logan that
her employer, Yashida’s dying request is to say goodbye to him. At Yashida's
home, Logan meets his son Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada) and granddaughter Mariko (Tao
Okamoto) as well as the mutant Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who poses as his
oncologist. Yashida (Haruhiko Yamanouchi) offers Logan, the chance to become
mortal again but he refuses. I would let the rest of the spoilers be.
The film has been
presented as an action-thriller, because there is a certain amount of suspense
that is created and sustained through the entire film which keeps it from
getting uni-dimensionally boring. It also is fresh in its approach because
except for Jackman and Khodchenkova, the rest of the characters are Japanese
and it is essentially set in another country altogether. So as an audience you
not only get a more relaxed approach to storytelling because of the milieu but
also different types of action sequences including sword fights, snipers, covert
guerilla action and karate, along with the usual Wolverine screaming action
fest. Watch the funeral chase sequence or the one on top of the bullet train
and you would know, exactly what I am talking about.
Jackman excels in his
role as The Wolverine, as usual. But I really liked him because he has been
given enough scenes with the two women, Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima. While Fukushima
is a treat to watch as the fierce action sidekick, Okamoto’s scenes allow the character
to relax and act more humanly than ever.
Spoiler alert: In a
post-credits scene, Logan, at an airport, meets Magneto (Ian McKellen) and
Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart).
If you do not want to
watch the film, still, I cannot convince you more.
Labels: Action, English, Good, Japanese