Friday Flick: The Wolverine

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TheWolverineOfficial Description: Hugh Jackman returns as The Wolverine and faces his ultimate nemesis in an action packed life-or-death battle that takes him to modern day Japan. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his limits, Logan confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality; an epic fight that will leave him forever changed.

Unofficial Description: Comic book fans unite in many ways, and one of the most popular is the ability to complain about a movie. The Wolverine got a lot of complaints.

I thought it was worlds better than the last Wolverine movie. Did it play around with the cannon? Of course it did – this is Hollywood, after all, and they have to make it ‘better’. Would I have liked to see a rated R version? Yes. I think Wolverine could benefit from an adult make over. Unfortunately, this is Marvel, and they aren’t going to do that. PG13 has been their demographic from before there was PG13.

Side note – I mentioned this about Marvel on Twitter and got some serious kickback from a couple people. I’ve been a comic book fan nearly all my life, and Marvel was a huge staple of that comic diet for many, many years. I’m not talking out of my ass here. Not only am I not talking out my ass, I’m repeating things that Marvel themselves has said time and again – their target market is boys. Specifically, boys between 13 and 18. It’s why Disney bought them. It’s what they’re good at. /End side note

Without that adult makeover, The Wolverine does suffer, but not enough to make me not want to watch the movie, or enjoy it for what it is. I think fans of Wolverine (and non fans, too) will enjoy this flick. It has a more serious tone to it, and that pays off in the end.

Okay – I’m gonna talk about a spoiler now. As such, I’m giving you time to look away if you so choose. The spoiler will begin far below….

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I did find myself surprised by the bone claws. I mean, Magneto ripping the adamantium out of Wolvie’s body is one of the most iconic scenes in comics history. To have that marginalized (hell, completely ignored might be a better phrase) in this flick was a very bad choice on the point of the film makers, and I was shocked by it. And not in a good way.

2 comments for “Friday Flick: The Wolverine

  1. February 22, 2014 at 6:19 am

    I did not like that, either, Patrick. I understand how with such a rich backstory that the film makers are going to pick and choose, mix and match things. But the bone claws, here? Bad choice.

  2. March 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I actually liked the first Wolverine movie better. I don’t know all of the Wolverine backstory besides some of the basics, so perhaps I wasn’t thrown for a loop. The pacing and delivery of the 2nd was inferior to me. You could see where the movie was going from the moment he met the old dude dying on the table. Bugged me to no end when they had the climactic battle with the robot. I knew it was coming, but there was no anticipation or fear. The robot was just big.

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