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The Wolverine (8 out of 10)
directed by James Mangold
written by Mark Bomback and Scott Frank,
based on comic books by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, Chris Clairmont, John Byrne, and Frank Miller
The Wolverine
Principal Cast
Hugh Jackman -- Logan
Tao Okamoto -- Mariko
Rila Fukushima -- Yukio
Hiroyuki Sanada -- Shingen
Svetlana Khodchenkova -- Viper
Ratings
For a long time now I've been rating films from one to four stars. Starting with The Wolverine review, I've switched to a rating from 0 to 10. Why? Because it is a much better three star film than Man of Steel was. Man of Steel was a 7. The Wolverine is an 8.
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A review by Rick Norwood

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The Wolverine is an intelligent superhero movie. I might wish it had more emotional impact, but I'm thankful for what I got.

First plus -- in place of the voice-overs that are typical of many recent action-adventure films, the writers show rather than tell. I can imagine this movie starting out with a baritone voice-over saying "After Wolverine killed Jean Gray in X-Men: The Last Stand, his guilt forces him to leave the X-Men and live alone in the wilderness…" Blah, blah, blah. You won't find that here.

Second plus -- unlike the Frank Miller comic book, instead of killing the bear, Logan goes after the men who killed the bear.

Third plus -- the movie is set almost entirely in Japan (though it was filmed in Australia) and most of the cast is Japanese. Except for the excellent Hugh Jackman. And, thanks to Les Miz, it is now ok to praise Hugh Jackman.

There is plenty of action, good characterization, and a lot of thought went into the script. The quality is similar to Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil film, which also liked. On the other hand, if you're looking for exploding skyscrapers, you won't find any

The next X-Men movie will be Days of Future Past.

You absolutely want to stick around for the credit cookie early in the credits.

Copyright © 2013 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon. Visit his web site at comicsrevue.com.


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