Hardcore comic book fans and casual moviegoers alike need to know one thing about The Wolverine right from the outset: the film is a hell of a lot better than the cinematic travesty that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
That 2009 release – which told the story of how Logan (Hugh Jackman) lost his memory and gained an adamantium-laced skeleton (complete with six bitchin’ razor-sharp claws) – is renowned for being the nadir of the X-Men franchise, rivaled only by Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Unlike either of those films, The Wolverine manages to tell a cohesive, mostly satisfying tale that sees its lead character confront his emotional demons and emerge a more fully realized, better-developed and more beloved character because of it. In short, something Ratner could only dream of achieving onscreen. Continue reading