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Wolverine Movie Review
July 31, 2013 - Matt Phillips
Super hero movies come in two categories when you are a fanboy. They are either awesome or garbage. Reviewing a super hero movie from that perspective can be difficult for both the reviewer and the reader. Luckily, this review lands masterfully in the awesome category. The movie opens some time after the events of the garbage X-Men 3 movie. Wolverine is in seclusion in the arctic, still haunted by the death of Jean Grey. He is tracked down by a young Japanese girl with a message from an old man he once saved. Wolverine heads to Japan where he finds his friend dying; his last wish to take the healing factor for himself and leave Wolverine to grow old and die. The adventure really begins when the old man's daughter, Mariko, is abducted and Wolverine must defend her through most of the movie without his healing powers. Hugh Jackman proves that he owns the character in this movie. His performance shows depth of the character as he heals from the emotional scars of killing Jean and finding new love in Mariko. It has the feel of the old X-Men and Wolverine comics from the 1980's/90's, without feeling dated. As a bonus, the end sets the audience up for the X-Men sequel with guest appearances by Magneto and Professor X. This movie is essential for any comic geek, but it is also strong enough to stand on its own as a great action movie.
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