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Logan Film ReviewLogan by far, is the best developed and written Marvel film to date. It stars Hugh Jackman & Patrick Stewart reprising their roles of Wolverine and Professor X, along with Dafne Keen as Laura, Eriq La Salle, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant & Elizabeth Rodriguez.

The film was directed by James Mangold (Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma & The Wolverine) off a script he co-wrote with Scott Frank and Michael Green.

The teaser for the film says, “In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.”

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Logan takes place about 12 years from now, in the year 2029, where a lot of things and events have taken place that involves both all of humanity and mutants alike.  There are so many things I want to say about Logan, but the bottom line is that this is the first Marvel film where the audience had emotional reactions to various moments in the story. No, not stunned moments like when Phil Coulson gets killed in The Avengers! Sure, that made your jaw drop, but that’s about it. No, this film hit you on many levels, depending on how deeply rooted your fandom is in this and the X-Men franchise. This is the Captain America film of the X-Men movies where so much takes place at the underpinnings of the X-Men.

The violence is traditional Wolverine, but not in the sense of how it used to be done, but rather, as its executed by this older Logan.

For those who love the first half of most Marvel films, but hate how they devolve into violence in the second half, this isn’t like that. The story is incredibly well-woven within the context of the confrontations while to be honest, there’s a heck of a lot of character development to go along with, and in between some of the physical conflicts. Every scene something is delivered about the background of the situation, a character or event. Your brain will explode with imparted new knowledge with each act.

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The Wolverine movie review

I finally got around to watching The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, from director James Mangold. (After dealing with Comcast’s new rental delay processes)

Jackman reprises his role in yet another Wolverine movie as Logan/Wolverine where we get to see an adaptation on a very popular chapter from the comic’s past, from the Frank Miller and Chris Claremont ’80s storyline, where Logan finds himself in Japan, encountering Mariko, lots of Ninja and The Silver Samurai.

Except, it’s the classic definition of “adapted,” where they based the premise on something, then went off and changed up so much that it isn’t quite that original story. But hey, it’s Hollywood.

In the source saga, Logan learns a lot about himself while there is some self-realization, this take has been modernized by Mangold, and it’s been through a few entertainment hurdles to get to this point.

They first hired screen writer Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), but then Mark Bomback was hired to rework McQuarrie’s script.

The director’s chair first had Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan, The Fighter) on board, and I remember being pretty excited about that. But then he exited the project and Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) was elected to the director’s chair by Twentieth Century Fox.

Rila Fukushima in The Wolverine

The Wolverine starts out with Logan being tracked down in Canada by Yukio (Rila Fukushima), where’s he’s been self-exiled since events in X-Men: The Last Stand. That and continual nightmares about Jean Grey (Framke Janssen).

Yukio was hired by a man named Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) to track him down and “thank him.” Yashida was someone that Logan saved back in WWII. He’s now a very rich and powerful tech CEO.

But there’s more to that ‘thank you’ than meets the eye. Much, much more.

But before we go there, we look at how Logan has been dealing with life and death and all those that he’s left behind over the years. And though Yukio convinces him to go to Japan, it’s there that Logan meets Mariko (Tao Okamoto), Yashida’s grand-daughter.

Hugh Jackman and Tao Okamoto in The Wolverine

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‘The Wolverine’ Trailer 5-1-13

May 1, 2013

The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, (And Famke Janssen as Jean Grey???) is due out in theaters on July 26th, 2013. The tricky synopsis for the movie says “Wolverine makes a voyage to modern-day Japan, where he encounters an enemy from his past that will impact on his future.” So it’s Back to the Future, with […]

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‘The Wolverine’ Movie Has a Filming Start Date – Finally

April 21, 2012

It’s been a long, slow journey for the movie, but now we have a start date for production of one of the next X-Men franchise character movies, The Wolverine. News is that The Wolverine will start filming in August (2012) in Sydney, Australia. That’s Hugh Jackman’s hometown, who is also going to star in the […]

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