Yesterday, I watched The Wolverine. I guess you could say that I’ve been feeling like reminiscing about superheroes from my past these days. Overall, the movie was good and the story was better than I was anticipating, but Wolverine has never really been my favorite character.
Even though Wolverine has never really been my favorite character, I still tried to keep apprised of his storyline, just like I would keep track of any of the rest of the X-Men from when I was a kid. I guess the difference is that Wolverine always got a lot of time, mystery, extra storylines, extra comic books, etc., but I never chased after all those extra appearances. With that said, I was very impressed with the story in the movie. I thought it was a good combination of a variety of aspects from Wolverine’s past and I thought that it did a good job of giving him a believable mix of past and present.
A couple of parts of the movie made me vaguely uncomfortable for sheer physical sympathy sake, like when Wolverine went to cut his own heart out or when Silver Samurai drilled into his claws. I’m not sure if it was my recent surgery and time in a hospital or how my own newly acquired metal parts react to things like the cold, but seeing broken parts really made me cringe. Maybe I’m just getting to the point in my life where I’ve seen too much real violence and watching it on tv isn’t fun or amusing anymore. But the action sequences were well done and it was interesting to me to see how Wolverine reacted when he had to start adjusting some of his fighting to not just take hits. Not that you really saw that too much, as it would be a lot of hard habits to break, but I definitely got an inkling of change throughout the movie.
I’m not really sure how I feel about all the love story bits. I don’t know that I actually saw any chemistry between Wolverine and Mariko Yashida. But I do know that Wolverine and Mariko Yashida have a complicated history in the comic books, so it was nice to see some old comic book stories flushed into this movie in a new light. I’m also not much for love stories, especially right now. So maybe I was just in the wrong mindset to see whatever chemistry they might have actually had between them.
Overall, the movie was interesting, but not something for me to jump up and down about. Except the ending. The ending made me very excited for the new X-Men movie(s) that I’ve been hearing rumors about.