Hugh Jackman’s pecs show us what a real slasher movie looks like

Featuring

Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine
Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida
Rila Fukushima as Yukio
Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida
Svetlana Khodchenkova as Dr. Green/Viper
Haruhiko Yamanouchi as Yashida
with Famke Janssen as Ghostly Jean Grey
and Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan as Charles Xavier/Professor X and Max Eisenhardt/Magneto

Hugh Jackman makes many females (and no doubt some men) weak at the knees, including The Boss. When he’s Wolverine, I bet he makes pretty much everyone else weak at the knees due to his adamantium claws. We pick up Wolverine’s story some time after X-Men 3, post him having to kill Jean Grey, the love of his life. He’s haunted by dreams about her and kind of wishes that he could die so that he can join her. He’s also haunted by the memory of saving the life of a Japanese soldier during the nuclear incineration of Nagasaki near the end of World War II.

While he’s dreaming of all of this stuff, he’s gone off to live the hermit’s life in a backwater forest somewhere in America in close proximity to a big grizzly bear. Obviously, the bear knows that in a straight fight, Logan would kick its arse. Things go wrong when the bear is killed by hunters and Wolverine goes off to knock their heads about a bit. Thankfully, he’s stopped by Yukio, the adopted daughter of the soldier he saved all those years ago.

Yashida, the soldier Logan saved has spent his postwar life building a massive industrial empire (and raising one mad muthaf!cker of a son) but is dying of cancer. He wants Wolverine to give him his ability to heal – although this would kill Logan – so he can finally have the normal life he’s wanted and be able to die and be at peace from his demons. For some reason, that doesn’t sound like a good deal to Logan (I wonder why?), so he politely declines. As Logan sleeps that night, he is visited by the poisonous Viper who infects him with a robot that renders his power to heal completely useless. He would spend most of the movie in that condition. However, Yashida dies that night and it seems that the entire future of the family business is left in the hands on his granddaughter, Mariko. Later, at the funeral, a kidnapping attempt against Mariko is made by the Yakuza and, as usual, the story involves plotting, complicated family relationships, crazy samurai (well, only in Japan right?) and some family friendly hanky panky between Logan and Mariko.

I thought it was a good, enjoyable film, well paced, although the plot elements might well be a bit predictable. However, for a superhero comic book movie, it’s pretty bloody good. Sure, there’s not much of a deep and meaningful philosophical drama, but when you have a broody Hugh Jackman without a shirt on slicing and dicing bad guys, there’s really not much thinking to do. Well, maybe some housewives will do lots of thinking afterwards. Anyway, it is an intensely fun movie, there’s not too much action in it like the last superhero movie that came out and the action that is there isn’t too over the top. After watching this, I’m really looking forward to the next X-Men film, so long as it isn’t crap like The Last Stand.

Rating

Look, it’s a Wolverine movie. Expectations are met. Top notch action with some silly medical mumbo-jumbo to help the story along.

Should I watch this?

Yeah. Even if you don’t like Wolverine, your missus most likely thinks Hugh Jackman is the next best thing since sliced bread. Take her along to watch it.

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