The Wolverine

Family movie review of The Wolverine.Rated PG-13
Running Time: 2 hours, 6 minutes
Starring  Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Famke Janssen

Of all the X-Men characters, Wolverine seems to be the most fascinating. Though his mutation: huge knife-like claws, ability to heal instantly, enormous strength and immortality are not the most unusual or interesting, his tortured soul is. This movie is his time to shine.

The movie opens during World War II. Logan, aka Wolverine, is trapped in a deep pit in Japan when the atomic bomb goes off. He saves a young man who never forgets. Wolverine and the man go their separate ways. Zip to today. The man sends for Wolverine to grant him a dying wish.

Seems the old guy has a successful business, makes gobs of money and has a lovely granddaughter. All of these are reasons for him to live. Unfortunately he’s dying of cancer. He’s found a way to transfer Wolverine’s powers into his body. The old guy maintains that Wolverine hates his immortality and wants to die to be reunited with Jean, the woman he loves and had to kill. Although a tortured soul, Wolverine is not anxious to trade places with the old man. Thus tons of fighting ensues with lots of different enemies. Trying to keep them straight will keep you alert.

Admittedly, I’m a big Hugh Jackman and Wolverine fan. This movie is the perfect showcase for both the man and the character.  I loved the computer graphics that showed him healing after every sword wound and every bullet he took. The fight scenes were beautifully choreographed. While there was tons of violence, there was no blood. An evil woman with a snake-like tongue that did terrible things to humans scared the pants off me.

Unlike other X-Men movies, Logan falls for the old man’s granddaughter and it’s quite clear they spend the night together as they wake up in the same bed. Also, there was bad language, and our hero used the “f” bomb once. This was an engrossing movie with an intricate plot and some stunning shots of Mr. Jackman. The Wolverine is a fine episode in the X-Men saga and should be fine for kids 12 and up.


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