Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Wolverine (2013)

Director: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee, Ken Yamamura, Famke Janssen

More info: IMDb

Tagline: When he's most vulnerable, he's most dangerous.

Plot: In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as 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.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

Has this been a bland year for big budget blockbusters or what?  Yeah, I gave this a 7 out of 10 but I'm not terribly pleased about it and it's mostly for how awesome Hugh Jackman is in the role and how stupendously cool the after-credits surprise was.  Look, it's not that bad but it's not exactly a home run, either.  I really dug how there wasn't a whole heck of a lot of action.  I liked the casual pacing and it felt like they were going for some character development but they fell short.  What's there is shallow but they did try and it was an entertaining flick when it was all over.  I loved the WWII bits and the Japanese locales for most of the movie.  It's definitely worth a look.

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