Friday, July 26, 2013
I always look forward to a new Xmen movie - just love mutants and their plight of being misunderstood and feared in this world not yet ready to accept those with special abilities. Of course, there are a good number of villainous mutants, so the racial profiling isn't completely unwarranted.
The thing about me and Xmen movies, well movies in general (which is why I don't consider myself a film buff) once I see them in the theater, I very rarely get the opportunity or make a point to watch them again on DVD, steaming, VOD etc... This always puts me at a disadvantage when it comes to a franchise film, cause I can't remember what the hell happened the last time we experienced these characters and stories.
Thankfully, all you really have to know to watch Hugh Jackman once again take on the role of Marvel Entertainment's ultimate anti-social hero - The Wolverine - is the basics. He's indestructible because of the Adamantium alloy that covers his insides from head to toe; and that he had it bad for the telepathic and telekinetic mutant Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), who is presently dead until she rises again as The Phoenix.
The Wolverine is not only set in Japan, I think the movie could be classified as "chambara", a genre which means "sword fighting" movies. Fans of samurai warrior flicks will love that The Wolverine is often subtitled, has a beautiful Asian cast, and plenty of sword to claw fight sequences.
I don't want to give a lot away about the plot, but if you want to know more here's my around the web picks for "The Wolverine":
Q:“So, the first question has to be… ‘At what point did you realize that you were the coolest character in the movie?’…”
RF:“Well…I was interested in the Yukio character because comics fans expect that she’s a badass. She’s an assassin, she’s very strong…and particularly a strong woman. But James tried to explore a little bit deeper, I think the Yukio of the film has a lot of heart. That’s what I really liked about her. She’\s strong, but more importantly she’s a decent person. ” READ MORE - Michael Moran
JM: I couldn’t see making a contemporary film set in Japan without acknowledging the tsunami. I thought that dealing with another catastrophe that had happened to the country might be a way to address it. It makes you think about the resilience of the Japanese people. They’ve endured three out of four of the world’s largest nuclear catastrophes. Also, one of my favorite things about the first ‘X-Men’ was Magneto’s story, the concentration camp and the Nazi sequences. It’s really interesting how the X-Men universe can play very real and interconnect with our own history. READ MORE - Anna Smith (TimeOut London)
LAMB Score: 3.5 out of 5
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