Friday, July 26, 2013

Review Of : The Wolverine

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Just watched "The Wolverine" today. 

Directed By James Mangold

Starring Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Svetlana Khodchenkova

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

Chair-gripping, non-linear plot but lack emotional chemistry on certain characters.

The Wolverine is the continuation after 'X-Men : The Last Stand' in which Logan suffers nightmares after Jean Grey's death as well as a past event he experienced long ago. I recommend that you watch 'X-Men : The Last Stand' and 'X-Men Origins : Wolverine' to get a better grasp on Wolverine's story. I like the fact that this revolves around Logan's life & his past and also how the story made Wolverine seem so vulnerable as the story progresses. Despite that, I did expect more from the emotional parts as well as there are some scenes which I'd say might seem odd. 

Story-line, well written as they did a good job on  bringing up Logan's past (exceptional to the comics) and placed it nicely like a jigsaw. Although it lacks some emotional aspect on Logan when he fell for the main female character in the movie. (If you watch it, you might feel that it was 'forced' upon) 

Plot-wise, really good. It offered really intense action scenes, from train fights to ninja-samurai-swords fights to one-on-one combats.Besides that, the plot I'd say is rather non-linear, in  a way it isn't so predictable as you will keep on wondering what will happen next. Although there are some scenes which I still don't get it. Plot hole perhaps? Hmm.

Acting, despite the lack of screen-time given to some characters, therefore causing lack in chemistry in some character (watch it and you'll notice) the overall acting was good. Overall, a good character-driven story which many other reviewer's said that it can be compared to Nolan's 'Dark Knight Trilogy' in terms of character-driven story, which I agree.

Visually, interesting. As the story takes place in Japan, it gives a breath of fresh air as it gives the movie a different 'tone'.Fight scenes and cinematography was well done. Got the suspense scenes right.

All in all, The Wolverine is a really interesting movie, despite some minor flaws. If you've watched previous X-Men films or just love Wolverine, you got to watch this. 

P.S. - Remember to stay on until the credits for a scene that might be connected to the next X-Men movie "X-Men : Days Of Future Past".

My Rating?

Plot : 4/5
Storyline : 3.5/5
Characters*: 3.5/5 
Effects** :3.75/5
OVERALL : 7.25/10.



Iriene said...

Great review :) Hope I will watch the 'X-Men Origins' and 'The Last Stand' soon that I can appreciates and understand it more. Thanks for the advise to stay on for the credit.

JamesKYTan said...

Haha! Wolverine is a good movie according to your review. I need to watch the movie.

Movie Rating Guide. :)

Lately, I've changed my movie ratings a little. (:

Plot :

is the flow & structural plot of the movie itself.

Storyline :

the overall idea & the concept of the movie.


The character's overall acting & character built-up in the movie. Or for animation, the voices & character built-up too.

Effects* :

The visual effects, 3D effects, movie scores/music, graphics, animation of a movie respective to it's genre.

SO, there it is. Thanks! :)