Sunday, July 28, 2013
The Wolverine review
The Wolverine has had a rough trip to the big screen. The film is a s. I meauel to the terrible,entirr Origins: Wolverine. That film stunk up theaters everywhere in 2009. Darren Aronofsky eventually signed on to direct the sequel, which is set in Japan. The story comes from an incredibly popular Frank Miller graphic novel. When realizing how long he'd be away from his family to film on location in Japan, Aronofsky left the project. James Mangold came in to save the day, and direct star, Hugh Jackman, in his sixth film as the clawed anti-hero. Lots to talk about, let's go!
What I liked about the film:
The Character Development
The Bullet Train Scene
Two-time Oscar nominated composer, Marco Beltrami, brings us a great soundtrack. The music is aware of the films settings in Japan, and does a nice job of fusing the two worlds (East & West), together. The action had almost a mechanical sound to it. And without giving anything away, the climax definitely demanded that type of sound. Great stuff.
What I didn't like about the film:
The Pacing (1st & 2nd Act)
The Lack of Mutants (Damned if you do, Damned if you don't)
Famke Janssen as Jean Grey is the second; and I'll get to that in a moment. Rila Fukushima plays a very cool ninja-esque character, Yukio. She befriends Wolverine and convinces him to go to Japan. Not only is she good with a sword, but she can predict the future as well. Last but not least, is Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper. In my opinion, she was one of the worst villains we've seen in the X-Men universe. And I understand that this is the Wolverine character's franchise; but let us not forget where he originated from. He is a part of the X-Men universe damn it. And there is no way there should only be 4 mutants, in any film, taking place in the X-Men universe. Period.
The Creepy Jean Grey Scenes
There is Absolutely NO Chemistry Between the Leads
Tao Okamoto is horrible in this film. The film's story is basically centered around her character, Mariko. Okamoto and Jackman spend a fair amount of time together in the film. And they're interactions are awkward and cringe worthy. This is Okamoto's first film (according to her IMDB page), and it totally showed. I was honestly withdrawn from the film because of her acting; and totally gave up my suspension of disbelieve.
It Caters to a Comic Book Crowd