Movie Review Flashback: ‘The Wolverine’ Is Just Plain Fun

I’ve watched basically all of the X-Men movies but there are some that I still haven’t seen yet, one of them being The Wolverine. Since it just dropped on Disney+ I decided to watch it and yeah, its conclusion was predictable, its one-liners were a bit cliche, but overall, I kind of had a blast.

I’m a fan of action films featuring martial arts heavy action scenes so with that aspect paired with Wolverine’s ultimate butt-kicking I found myself grinning on several occasions.

Just like all X-Men films, there’s a real sense of peril. For a while, I didn’t know who was going to live and who was going to die…well, I knew that Logan would make it but it still didn’t make watching him stave off death over and over again any less intense.

Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine (2013)

Once again, Hugh Jackman shined as the ultra-jacked hero that he is. He’s the first superhero who fights with his shirt off and instead of feeling uncomfortable like, “Dude, put on a shirt!” he’s almost like the Hulk. The shirtlessness seems to be another variation of his superhero suits and it just looks awesome. There’s something exhilarating about watching Logan slicing and dicing through enemies while his muscles bulge with every swing and his veins cover his body like the roots of a tree. Epic!

No, this is no Logan but it is actually one of the best X-Men movies I’ve seen, if at least for the entertainment value. Now, the romantic stuff between him and the woman he was trying to protect the whole movie, Mariko, felt a bit forced and I just didn’t feel the chemistry there. I mean, I get it. It’s Hugh Jackman wearing revealing tank tops and being shirtless every several scene. We know she’s going to fall in love with the guy but it just felt…off. That was definitely not the best element of the movie.

James Mangold would direct Logan and I’m glad he did because he understands how to make Wolverine shine and yeah, I was totally inwardly cheering at some moments.

If you’re looking for something profound The Wolverine is not that type of film but it is a fun matinee flick.

I’ll give this movie 87 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars. If not for the corny one-liners, predictable conclusion, wack villains, and chemistry-less romance it would be a perfect movie.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.

3 thoughts on “Movie Review Flashback: ‘The Wolverine’ Is Just Plain Fun”

  1. It was a fun movie. The one nitpick I had when I saw it was a historical detail: at the beginning of the movie, he’s portrayed as witnessing one of the two atomic bombings of Japan, with a dramatized showing of a bomber dropping the bomb directly over the city. I can forgive the fact that from the ground you’d have never seen the bomber that close to the ground, but the part that bugged me is that he later says this was Nagasaki. At Nagasaki, while the bomb did plenty of damage, it was dropped in the hills slightly away from town, which partly shielded the city from the worst of it due to the topography. From what I saw on the screen I immediately thought it was Hiroshima before he said that, as there they aimed it at a bridge in the center of town and came within a few hundred feet of it. It’s a somewhat morbid distinction, but it bugged me the second he said it was the other city and it’s never stopped. 😛

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