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The Perfect Wolverine Film | Review of ‘Logan’


By Cynthia Ayala

Logan starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart & Dafne Keen
Marvel Entertainment
Image Credit: IMDB

“In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.”

—IMDB

There’s simply no limit to the beauty this film has wrapped in all the swearing and gritty glory that defines Wolverine’s character and this film. Wolverine has not had an easy life, he has gone through so much and the writers knew just how to capitalize on the character, the Wolverine, and evolve the story for him. They took a risk, and they ended the story properly, they ended it in such a way that they gave closure to the character and his legacy in the X-Men.
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The Wolverine | Movie Review


image Directed by: James Mangold

Screenplay by: Christopher McQuarrie, Mark Bomback & Scott Frank

Based on Wolverine by Chris Claremont & Frank Miller

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiruhiko Yamanouchi & Brian Tee

Hugh Jackman returns and delivers yet another brilliant performance as the Wolverine. Taking place after the debacle that was X-Men: The Last Stand (a movie I would prefer hadn’t happened). Wolverine is suffering through the anguish he feels or killing Jean-Grey, the woman he loved, in The Last Stand. Now, living in a self-imposed exile he lives his life alone until a ghost from his past, a man whose live he saved, seeks him out to give him the gift he’s always been wanting: a cure for his immortality. But not all is what it seemed.

As Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is flawless in his performance. He had the strength and the attitude to deliver this character perfectly, as always. All that was missing was his iconiccigar smoking. Another great part of the movie was the fact that each character has within them their own fears that haunt their everyday life, giving them depth as characters. All except the Viper, played by Svetlana Khodchenkova who made her debut into the world of Hollywood with this tantalizing performance. Her acting did not falter and her facial expressions were perfect, even down to her eye rolls. Khodchenkova was a perfect choice to play this part.

Now as far as chemistry goes for this cast, there was no problem with it. Everyone has chemistry with one another and they build a strong dynamic with one another, presenting the love story between Wolverine and Mariko, an iconic story that left shockwaves for Wolverine in the Marvel Universe. The casting was great for this movie, even if the movie had flaws.

The biggest flaw in this movie had to do with the Jean Grey sequences. By the third one, I was muttering “go away Jean, no one cares”. They were excessive, didn’t build on the story, and were so annoying. There were five sequences! Five. Now I love Famke Janssen as Jean Grey but I hated these sequences. If the creative team insisted on having back then onlyinclude three sequences, one in the beginning to highlight how he’s haunted, one in the middle to show how the Viper gets to him and one in the end to show him letting go…finally.That was all the audience needed. Everything else was time and budget wasted. My second biggest issue was his claws no longer being adamantium. Now I understand the science behindwhy but considering that his adamantium claws are quite essential for him to fight Sentinals in the next X-Men movie, it seems like a big mess they are going to have to clean up.

Despite those bumps in the road, it was a well done movie, Hugh Jackman was awesome, and had what comic book movies are supposed to have, comical aspects wrapped in the seriousness. It wasn’t perfect, not exceptional like The Avengers and Captain America, but it was still fun to watch and incredibly enjoyable…not mention awesome. ★★ ½ (B+)

Wolverine Set Photos Introduce Logan And His Key Ladies


By:  Sean O’Connell

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The first trailer for James Mangold’s The Wolverine is expected to drop in theaters at the end of the month, possibly attached to G.I. Joe: Retributionsince 20th Century Fox doesn’t have a movie in theaters after The Croodsand the animated comedy doesn’t seem like the right fit for a clip about a berserker rage machine with razor-sharp claws that just out of his fists. While killing time waiting for the trailer to land, Mangold has stayed busy on his Twitter feed, sharing these three black-and-white still photos he took of “three people I adore.” That top shot is self-explanatory, but he shared two more as well:

The first one is Rila Fukushima, and second is the actress Tao Okamoto. Mangold explains that the ladies play Yukio and Mariko, respectively. The former is a trained assassin for Lord Shingen, head of the dreaded Yashida clan who frequently locks horns (or claws) with Jackman’s Logan. Mariko, meanwhile, is Shingen’s daughter … and Wolverine’s soul mate. Those who’ve read X-Men comics extensively know that Wolverine and Mariko almost married, and while it’s unlikely Mangold’s movie will have the time to travel that far down the hero’s path, it’s clear that these two women will be vital elements to the story being told in The Wolverine.

All that’s left, now, is to see a trailer. Though really, do we need to see one at this point? I would argue that those who know that they are going to see Mangold’s Wolverine movie are going, regardless. And after so many turns in the X-Men character, casual audiences recognize Jackman and his mutant hero. They’re coming to the show. Leave a few surprises for them.

Source: Cinema Blend

The Wolverine’s First Trailer Won’t Arrive Until Late March


By:  Eric Eisenberg

The_Wolverine_35680It would have made a lot of sense for 20th Century Fox to attach the first trailer for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine to this weekend’s A Good Day To Die Hard. Not only is the same studio releasing both movies, they are also both being aimed at the same demographic and the timeline fits perfectly (with the superhero flick due in theaters on July 26th). And yet it looks as though we won’t be getting our first look at The Wolverine for more than a month.

Earlier today rumors sprouted that we would be getting a first-look trailer at the new comic book movie tomorrow, February 12th, however, Mangold has taken to his Twitter account to announce not only that the rumors were false, but that the trailer would be released in late March. Following the director’s response, Coming Soon reported that the preview would be attached to G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which will be in theaters on March 29th.

Responding to complaints that the wait for the first-look was so long, Mangold said on the social networking site, “Tell me you think we’re lame after you see the teaser. At least then you will be critiquing images from the film, not a marketing window. From end of March till release, you’ll be saturated. Relax, yuk. I’ve never found the coolest people are the first to arrive at a party.”

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Hugh Jackman Suits Up In New Image From The Wolverine


By:  Eric Eisenberg

In Bryan Singer‘s 2000 film X-Men it was established that Wolverine wasn’t a big fan of the leather jump suit the team had him wear, but that doesn’t fully explain a certain pattern that has developed in the marketing for James Mangold‘s upcoming superhero film The Wolverine. Thus far there have been three official stills and one photo-based poster for the movie (the teaser poster was illustrated) and all of them have featured the titular character not wearing a shirt. As we haven’t seen a trailer yet, until now there was no reason to believe that Hugh Jackman wasn’t doing the entire film topless. But today the pattern has been broken.

Empire has included a new still from the film in their latest issue, and not only is the super healing mutant wearing a suit, he’s dressed to the nines in a pretty badass black suit (with his claws fully extended, of course). Check out the image below and head over to Coming Soon to see a shot from the set – also featuring Jackman wearing clothes!

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Based on a script written by Christopher McQuarrie and re-written by Mark BombackThe Wolverine features Jackman’s sixth performance as the titular mutant and finds him traveling to Japan to train as a samurai warrior. Will Yun Lee will play the villainous Silver Samurai, while Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova will portray Viper. 20th Century Fox will release the film on July 26th, and while we are still waiting for the first trailer it was promised by Mangold recently to be arriving “soon.”

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Something Off About Wolverine Claws Image


By: Katey Rich

There’s a lot of interesting news floating out there right now about The Wolverine, which is really exactly what the movie needs right now. It’s technically a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a spinoff that virtually nobody liked despite the presence of the always-great Hugh Jackman. When Darren Aronofsky left the project to work on Noah, it seemed like a stake in the heart of a sequel nobody really wanted, especially with the great X-Men: First Class seeming to put a much fresher spin on this particularly comic universe.

But The Wolverine director James Mangold got out there and dropped some hints about what to expect in the movie, and now the project is seeming a lot more interesting. Today they’ve pulled it off again by releasing a photo to Empire that shows off Wolvy in a cave… but what’s really interesting is the look of his distinctive claws. Take a look below.

The WolverineSo we’ve been told very recently that The Wolverine takes place after all the other X-Men films in the timeline… films in which Wolverine very much had the adamantium claws for which he’s famous. So what gives with these claws that very clearly look like they’re made out of bone? I’d almost say he’d fashioned them out of bones himself to replace missing claws, but they’re definitely growing out of his hands in this photo. So what happened? At one point in the comics Wolverine’s claws turned into bone after the adamantium was ripped out of his body but Magneto… but so far as we know Magneto won’t be in this film. There’s also been a suggestion that the film would include flashbacks, which would explain the claws, but would also mire the movie in the kind of history lesson that opened up the dull X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Feel free to speculate away in the comments, or prepare to ask Mangold about it yourself. He and Jackman are participating in a live chat from the set this Monday.

Source: Cinema Blend

 

Hugh Jackman Glowers And Flexes In First Official The Wolverine Photo


By: Kristy Puchko

Even though X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a solid hit for Fox, pulling in more than $373 million worldwide, follow up The Wolverine stumbled its way into production. Darren Aronofsky dropped the film and left Fox scrambling for a replacement; after names like Doug Liman, Justin Lin, Duncan Jones and Mark Romanek were bandied about, the job ultimately went to Knight and Day director James Mangold.

In short, the development of the film has been a rollercoaster ride of thrilling possibilities and soul-crushing disappointments for fans of the franchise. But now with a first official photo of Hugh Jackman back in action and ready to brawl as the titular badass, fans can take some comfort in the fact that Logan’s never before looked so intimidating. Check out the still released by Twentieth Century Fox at the film’s official Facebook page.

Jackman is insanely ripped in this shot, displaying a body that, with the help of some shrewd shading, looks like he’s not a man of steel, but a man of adamantium! In the distance and out of focus, you can make out what appears to be a Buddhist temple. This gives audience an impactful preview of what screenwriters Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie have in store for their adaptation of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s heralded comic book arc, which sends Logan to Japan for a battle that will change him forever.

The Wolverine will charge into theaters—all fists and adamantium claws—on July 26th, 2013.

Source: Cinema Blend

The Wolverine Gets An Official Plot Synopsis


By: Eric Eisenberg

The_Wolverine_32528Earlier this week we learned that The Wolverine, the latest film about the superhero played by Hugh Jackman, would be more of a standalone film and separate from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but we still didn’t have a clear idea of exactly what the plot would entail. Today we have a much better idea.

Its been long rumored that the film would be based on the famous arc by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, a new official plot synopsis, which was posted over on HitFix, confirms it. Here it is:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

It’s also worth noting that director James Mangold, who is helming The Wolverine, recently joined Twitter and has been talking about the movie on his feed. Two of the most interesting Tweets he sent out were about the classic films that he is thinking about during production.

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The Wolverine will be hitting theaters on July 26th and addition to Jackman also stars Will Yun Lee (as Silver Samurai), Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, and Rila Fukushima.

Source: Cinema Blend

The Wolverine To Film In Hugh Jackman’s Home Town


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Since The Wolverine first started to get going, one of the biggest problems has been the country of Japan. While the original plan was to be finished with production in 2011 to potentially get ready for a 2012 release, the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel found itself in trouble when the Asian nation was rocked by a tsunami. Since then, the production has been searching for a location to shoot in that could double for Japan. In August of last year there were reports that project would set up shop in Vancouver, Canada, but now it looks like that won’t be happening. Instead, they’re going to get things moving in Hugh Jackman’s hometown.

Australia’s News.com.au is reporting that the James Mangold-directed superhero sequel will be shot in Sydney. Commenting on the deal, Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner said that “The Wolverine is expected to generate more than $80 million in production expenditure in NSW and create more than 720 jobs for NSW-based cast and crew, along with opportunities for 1200 extras.” While this news was a long time coming, it also creates another link between the new project and Gavin Hood’s 2009 spinoff, as that movie was also made down under. Most of the production will be taking place in Sydney, including post-production and visual effects, but some of the movie will also be filmed here in the United States.

Based on the comic arc by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine will be based on a script by Christopher McQuarrie that was rewritten by Mark Bomback. The new report doesn’t say when production is scheduled to get underway, but a release date is set for July 26, 2013.

The Next Wolverine Started Shooting In October (How did I not know this??)


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Things finally came together for the next Wolverine movie. They have a director in James Mangold, Hugh Jackman is ready to go, and now the film has a start date.  The Wolverine to began shooting in October, which probably means Fox aims to have it in theaters for 2012.

For a Fox movie that’s actually a pretty long production cycle, which suggests that they’re taking their time with this one and, hopefully, really trying to get it right this time. The last installment, X-Men Origins: Wolverine suffered from being rushed, among other problems.

The news of the film’s start date comes from a radio interview with Hugh Jackman on Toronto Radio through The Playlist. There Jackman says, “We shoot in October, so it will probably come out a year after that. That’s usually around the timeline.”

We’re still not entirely sure what it’s about. Originally it was supposed to take place in Japan and involve Samurai, but Japan’s tragedy derailed those plans for awhile. They could still do that storyline and shoot somewhere else I guess, or maybe they’re hoping things will calm down by the time they’re ready to shoot in October. Japan could certainly use the injection of cash, should the production choose to head over and spend its money there.

As for Hugh Jackman, he’s got a massive promotional tour for Real Steel to get out of the way before he can start work on anything. Before that you’ll be able to see him in a small role, as part of the upcoming movie Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, in theaters July 15th.