by Jo Ellen Eisaman of The Movie Appreciation Club
To say I was disappointed in the recently released film, "The Wolverine" would probably be an understatement.
The story has Logan (AKA Wolverine,) done by the ever-handsome Hugh Jackman, going to Japan to spend the last moments of an old, old dying friend from whom he deserves a huge thankyou. Wolverine is offered the opportunity for mortality from this very wealthy, technologically advanced mogul. Of course, mortality is not all it's cracked up to be when a stunning japanese maiden, Mariko, portrayed by Tao Okamoto, comes into the picture in need of his incredible but immortal help.
Adding to the beauty, but in an entirely different way, is Mariko's "toy" sister, Yukio, played by Rila Fukushima. She is totally cool in her demonstration of martial arts and I see her as a great character in her own right.
The story of the 2013 Wolverine is, however, predictable and average in all the fights and fast-paced but one-at-a-time warrior confrontations. With Wolverine constantly going back and forth at a ridiculous pace between top strength and partial or total weakness, the best part of this excuse-to-make-money movie was the beauty of oriental actress Okamoto.
JoEllen's score was 5 out of 10
The Movie Appreciation Club's score was 7.03 out of 10
I did enjoy this movie, though I would recommend you wait for the DVD. Hugh Jackman can pull off both the scruffy grouch and the hot superhero. This was an entertaining movie as I felt it was more of a drama than action adventure in my opinion. The biggest negative the rest of the club felt was that it was very slow as they set the scenes.
In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. Written by Twentieth Century Fox