Director: James Mangold
Writer: Mark Bomback
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiryuki Sanada, Svtelana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee
Haunted by his killing of the love of his life Jean Grey (Famke Jansen) in X-Men 3 (actually I am haunted by that movie, too, but mostly cause of how shitty it was), Logan, AKA Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), has become a recluse. He has nightmares and is "visited" by her in his dreams (my dreams
Let me begin by saying that this leaps and bounds over the mediocre and forgettable turd that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It's a direct sequel to the third X-Men, so yeah that movie really did happen. It sucked, and well we have to deal with that. That's fine though, cause the movie uses that tragic ending as a good way to add the depth of Logan. Wolverine is a great character, because he is so complex. His violent past and violent tendencies always weigh on him, and the movie knows how to do that right. Jackman is great as Wolvie, and so is the rest of the cast. Comic-book fans should know that Mariko is Logan's great love in the Far East. And, she is bought to exquisite beauty and life by Tao Okamoto, who is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen! Also a babe is Fukushima, and when she kicks ass, well, yum!!
Not as good is Khodchenkovan as the Viper. OK, actually that is unfair. She does what she can with the role, but my God is the character of the Viper shit on! Why call her the Viper if she won't be the sexy terrorist HUMAN villianess that she is in the comics?! Fuck you Hollywood!! You ruined another great comic-book character. God only knows if the Avengers will be able to use her in a future installment, now.
In the end this is a solid and very entertaining movie. I say it's the best live action superhero movie of the year, so far. Yes, it's better than either Man of Steel or Iron Man 3. And, by saying best live action, I mean to say that Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox DC animated movie is THE best superhero movie, overall, of the year. In comparison to the other X flicks, this one is the best one since the first two. And, yes that means that I think it is better than First Class. Those of you on the fence, should go see it. I'm sure you will get a kick out of it, and be sure to stick around the end credits for extra geeky coolness.
***1/2 out of ****