For some reason I didn't see the Wolverine movie the week that it came out. I don't know why. You know, it was about enthusiasm.My families enthusiasm level for this movie was pretty low. At one point, like when we first heard about it the crew was through the roof. Roof High Enthusiasm for the WOLVERINE~!
It didn't last though. As the movie got closer it became more like a chore that you knew you were going to have to do rather than something that you couldn't wait for. I don't know why.
It might have been that when I first heard about it I imagined that they would take it very serious. Like The Chris Claremont stuff from Marvel Comics but I thought about it and realized that it would probably end up being very cartoony like Marvel movies often are. It wasn't though. The movie while not as serious as The Dark Knight was still fairly adult oriented.
Look, I liked it. I'm sitting here trying to think of things to say about the movie when basically all I have to say is that I liked it. It has flaws for sure but what comic book movie doesn't? It's a tough genre. I don't think that there is anyway to make a movie based on comic book characters that isn't flawed in some way. If you try and please the comic book purists you are going to make a movie that turns off people who don't read comics but if you try and make a movie that puts your own spin on the story the comic book loyalists are going to be outraged.
I think Wolverine does a good job of riding in the middle. There is a lot of stuff in the movie that is taken directly from the famous Chris Claremont
run on The Wolverine solo series that he worked on with Frank Miller back in the day but it's different enough to feel like a different tale.
Basically the story is that Wolverine gets called to Japan by a powerful business man that he saved from the atomic blast at Nagasaki. The business man is on his death bed and wants to give Wolverine a gift before he passes away. Of course all is not as it seems. It wouldn't be a movie if it did right?
The story is about mortality and about Wolverine's lack thereof. I dig Wolverine. He's a good character. He's invulnerable and immortal but because of that he's been abused by authority figures over and over again. People either want what he has or want to use what he has for their own evil schemes. The abuse he's survived has left him a hollow shell of a man prone to violence and murder. I feel bad for dude.
He should be as happy as a vampire on True Blood. He will literally never have to face his mortality or the fear of injury but he's so depressed that he want's nothing more than to die a peaceful death.
More or less that's what the movie is about. Wolverine and his quest for rest. Things aren't that simple but basically that's it. There is some Yakuza stuff and a romantic side story but the main focus is about Wolverine wanting to join his beloved Jean Grey on the other side but due to his mutant power he can't.
There are ninjas too. If that's your thing and come on, you know it is. Who doesn't like a good ninja fight? Weirdos maybe and who cares what they think? I do, but only a little. Unless you are a weirdo in which case I want to change my answer and say that, I care a lot! Tons
One of the not so great things about the flick is the villains. They aren't really up to snuff. I can dig it. The movie is supposed to be about Wolverine not the baddies and that's cool. It's one of the things that I enjoyed about it. Still though there has to be some bad guys. It wouldn't be a comic book adventure without them.
I know that one of them was The Silver Samurai
who is pretty cool even though he's not the Silver Samurai from the comics. I understand how they have to switch things up for the masses, but for the life of me I can't remember what the bad girl, snake lady is named and I can't be bothered to look it up. That shows you the kind of impact she had on me. Maybe it shows that I'm too lazy to do my due diligence and get you the facts that you need. Who knows? Either one could be true...