The Wolverine – Review

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Finally the Wolverine movie we’ve all been waiting for.

No kidding this was just amazing. I can honestly say I didn’t think they would really be able to pull it off but this just blew me away. If it was only mediocre it still would have been an improvement on its predecessor X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but it’s so much more than that.

Instead of yet another pointless prequel the film makers made the very well thought out decision to set this film after all the events of the previous X-Men movies. Logan is alone, jaded and still haunted by the death of Jean Grey who appears throughout the movie via dream sequences exploring Logan’s inner turmoil as an immortal warrior surrounded by the death of his loved ones. And this is the crux of why I enjoyed this movie so much. Not only does it deliver great action and special effects but it’s also got a really great story at its core and delves into some really interesting themes at the same time. Essentially it manages to do what so many other movies strive but ultimately fail to do; it strikes the perfect balance between epic action and mature dramatic story telling.

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I loved the fact that the movie literally starts with Logan withstanding a nuclear strike at Nagasaki; I loved the fact that after being burnt to a human cinder his hair grows back to its perfect trademark style. I loved the fact that there’s actual honest to god character development in this movie.

My biggest fear with going in was the concept of taking away Logan’s mutant healing factor. A common trope which I really grow tired off. ‘Hey you know that one thing you really like about this character, well we ran out of ideas so we’re just going to make him vulnerable by magically taking that away’ Ugh. But honestly it didn’t grate on me as much as I thought it would and I was actually on the edge of my seat going into the climatic final battle.

About half way through the movie as Logan was reminiscing about his nuclear encounter in the now rebuilt Nagasaki (I’m not sure reminiscing is the right word?)  I was thinking to myself ‘Wow I’m really enjoying this, like a lot’ Which I think sums it up quite well. For a while now it’s just been so frustrating to watch Fox have their way with wolvie on the big screen. Hugh Jackman has always been the perfect fit for the role but pesky little things like the story and what not have seemed to get in the way, but not this time. They kept us waiting but they eventually got round to making a movie that truly does this character justice. Well done sirs. For 126 mins you managed to make me forget how much I resent the fact that Marvel Studios doesn’t have the rights to these characters.

Also with the absolutely tantalizing stinger this movies serves as a pretty great trailer for next year’s X-Men Days of Future Past. Which if you weren’t excited about already you will be after you see this movie.

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X-Men Days of Future Past – A Nerd Divided

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So I just finished watching the footage from the X-Men DOFP Panel and I found myself at first really, really excited and impressed but also kind of annoyed at the same time. Let me explain:

I love the fact that they’re taking a seriously bold move, it’s something that this industry really needs more of. Arguably Marvel kicked off the trend with The Avengers which was really the boldest move in recent cinematic history and this is 100% a reaction to the success of that movie. 

X-Men First Class is hands down my favourite of the X-Movies. It really invigorated the franchise for me and pretty much succeeded in accomplishing everything it set out to achieve, and it has Michael Fassbender in it and everyone knows Michael Fassbender makes everything 10x more awesome. 

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After that film I was sure we would never see the original cast on screen again, bar Hugh Jackman as Wolverine of course, so when they announced they were bringing together the 2 casts and resolving the 2 timelines I was stunned. It just doesn’t seem like something that would actually happen, it just sounds like an idea that people would talk about 10 years from now like ‘Hey wouldn’t it have been sooo cool if they did this?’ But here we are. 

They have the perfect set up with the time travel story line, Bryan Singer is back on board as director. It’s the perfect storm. So why am I annoyed?

Quicksilver.

Quicksilver is going to be in Days of Future Past in 2014 played by Evan Peters.

Quicksilver is going to be in Avengers Age of Ultron in 2015 played by someone who is NOT Evan Peters.

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I mean come on. You have soooo many characters already can’t you just letJoss Whedon have him? Would it really be so detrimental to your movie? I get it, I’m not really that naive to think this is remotely how things work but it just bugs the shit out of me. 

It’s also due to the fact that I really do think that Fox and Sony should just drop this shit already and give all the characters back to Marvel. Like Now. RIGHT NOW. No joke. I think with Disney behind them now they have a real shot to get every single character back as soon as physically possible.

So I’m sure X-Men Days of Future Past will be a pretty amazing movie but it’s very existence is just a constant reminder that things just aren’t right in the world until every movie featuring a MARVEL character is produced by MARVEL STUDIOS.