After three instalments of the X-Men franchise and a largely disappointing solo outing, is there much left for audiences to get worked up over as the titanium claws come out once again on July 25th for The Wolverine? In short the answer is a resounding yes, as the series looks to take a murkier, in depth approach that aims to encapsulate the iconic anti-hero in a way that previous attempts have failed to do.
After their teaming on Kate & Leopold (2001), Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold combine talents once again to bring what can only be described as the actor’s ‘passion project’ into fruition. Never expecting to have played Logan over so many films, Jackman feels very intensely about Frank Miller and Chris Claremont’s source comic that sees the gruff loner in Japan – of all places – fighting his demons; “My secret dream was to always shoot this particular arc of the Logan story”, Jackman told Marvel in a live chat, “Logan comes into it as the tragic hero that he’s written as”. The actor also claims that audiences will find the character at “his lowest and most vulnerable”.
The film looks to be in good stock with Mangold, too; an eclectic filmmaker who has embarked on various genres and has rarely missed a beat. Not surprisingly in a post-Dark Knight climate that he plans on bringing a stark realism to a comic book adaptation, “my goal was too bring the kind of dramatic integrity you might find in a straight drama into a movie like this. Where it feels really committed and real”. Mangold has also cited Clint Eastwood’s western The Outlaw Josey Wales as a prime influence on The Wolverine; fitting given that film’s sense of loss, rage, and the personal investment of its director/star. With Japanese iconography it looks like the 3:10 to Yuma director might be saddling up for a western tinged adventure again, possibly bringing the introspective dramatics of his Walk the Line over with him.
Stripping away the X-Men squad to devote an entire film to Logan will give audiences the chance to delve into the complicated psyche of their favourite player This of course was done before in Wolverine’s 2009 origin story. Here, the action takes place in the aftermath of X-Men: The Last Stand; Logan is alone, guilt ridden, now without his links to the world and in a foreign land. Whereas the previous solo-film neatly explored the past and tied it in with the first X-Men film, The Wolverine, with its lack of ties to previous films and removed setting, can focus more intently on the isolation of Logan’s damned immortality and get to the essence of this insatiably enthralling character once and for all.
With Jackman in the best psychical shape of his career, don’t miss The Wolverine as it shreds cinemas nation wide on the 25th July.
This post was written by Joseph McDonagh, who writes for his own blog at http://joemcdonaghfilm.blogspot.co.uk/ and for www.showcasecinemas.co.uk
I’m actually looking forward to seeing it. I think I am one of the few that actually enjoyed Wolverine Origins. I’ll write more once I’ve seen it.
I think this definitely addresses a general feel that some are having. I know I talked to a comic-fan friend of mine and he’s isn’t real thrilled about ‘The Wolverine’, kinda saying he’s seen too much of him in the last 5 or 6 years, he’s ready to focus on a different member of X-Men, etc. Good post.
Great article on The WOLVERINE I will be seeing it this weekend. dont know if you follow me as well but please do. IS there a way to check to see who follows you from other blogs?
Fine look at this character. Can’t wait until this opens.
I think there is a feeling that something is missing. We know that Logan went hunting his past from the comics but instead of following Logan as he discovers his past, we were shown the past that he has forgotten. It left the feeling that there ought to have been more. That we are till missing something from Wolverine’s personal story.
Yeah, I hope you’re right man. If this fails like the last one, I don’t know if there will be any coming back for Wolverine. But this already looks way more solid.
Nice write up, but I’ve never really believed that the genpop is as enamored of Wolverine as Marvel thinks they are. Certainly he sells a lot of T-shirts, but so does Punisher, and those movies never made dollar 1. Personally they lost any good will I had towards Wolverine in X-men 3 when they killed off Cyclops just to give Logan a better shot with Jean Grey. And of course the Origins movie which was abysmal right out of the gate.
I do have a slightly better feel for this movie, mostly because of the source material, but cautious optimism is about as much as I’ll wager.
I thought this was a review. Nice write-up Joseph, I just saw this last nite. Though I agree Jackman’s in the best psychical shape of his career, I’m not sure the film itself is in a great shape 😦
Sadly I think this will disappoint 😦
I might check this out but truth be told, I am more excited about the adamantium claws I picked up for xbox avatar for free as a promotion for this film. Snikt!
LOL, you do have the most tricked out Xbox Avatar I’ve ever seen. 😀
Come on Fogs I’m not even wearing my crown in royal vestments from Fable 3 😉
Did you pre-order your XboxOne yet?
I can hardly wait to see this even though I know it will be disappointing. 🙂
Didn’t realize Frank Miller was the author behind the original block of stories this film is based on (never read those particular comics). That actually dampens my enthusiasm some (which was only middling anyway) since I’ve never been impressed with Miller’s storytelling. (Also: what’s with Miller putting random Marvel characters in Japan? That’s what he did with Daredevil as well….)
Ah well. It’ll probably be all right, at least if it doesn’t go completely off the rails like Origins did. And Jackman will be good in it.
Nice post, Joe.
For Miller, 80s:ninjas as 90s:whores.
That said, this was probably to the best Wolverine solo story ever written. Take that as you will.
I’m really hoping this turns out to be a great movie.
Great piece, Joseph! We’ll see how this one turns out!
An interesting point of view. I hope the film delivers.
Cracking review yo, The Wolverine was definitely a step in the right direction for the character and it was a Hell of a lot better than the last film. I think I may have expected more, but overall I really loved its change of setting, use of the source material and Hugh Jackman’s great performance as the character. I’ve written a review if you wanna have a look: http://hypersonic55.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/the-wolverine-review/