“The Wolverine” Sketch Posters


While I was writing my review for “The Wolverine” I found these great sketch variant posters that I just needed to share.  I think they are pretty cool, and I wish I had seen more of them floating around during Fox‘s marketing for film.  Regardless, check out these awesome posters for “The Wolverine.”

 

 

Film review: The Wolverine (2013)


“The Wolverine” with Hugh Jackman, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Haruhiko Yamanouchi, and Brian Tee

Directed by James Mangold, Written by Mark Bomback & Scott Frank

02Comparing “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” to “The Wolverine” is like comparing apples to oranges.  They are both about Marvel’s burly and animalistic Wolverine, but they could not be any more different.  Origins seemed to explore a bit of Wolvie’s past under the framework of the prior X-Men movies (i.e. familiar characters, settings, and themes), but unfortunately it didn’t hit home like the prior X-Men films.  The writing fell flat, because 20th Century Fox took odd twists and turns with fan favorites like Gambit and Deadpool and then never expanded on them in future films like they promised.  Instead of bridging Wolverine’s backstory to the acclaimed X-Men trilogy, Fox ended up widening the gap.

However, “The Wolverine,” takes an entirely different approach to the eponymous character.  Audiences get to see the Adamantium and claws stripped away in a more emotionally driven film.  Wolverine is facing an existential crisis.  Following the events of “X-Men: The Last Stand” filmgoers get to see the Wolverine battle is own mortality, or rather near-immortality, during a series of dream sequences centering-around Jean Grey, which is reprised by award-winning Dutch actor, Famke Janssen.  This creates a great underlying plot, and immediately sets “The Wolverine” apart from the other X-Men films.

Surprisingly enough, “The Wolverine” closely follows the original comic book volume of Wolverine, Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s four-part miniseries, that set the tone and standard for Wolverine and his story arcs.  Even though the film is set after the events of “X-Men: The Last Stand,” instead of “X-Men Origins,” “The Wolverine” accurately showcases the events of the 1982 comic book series.  Slight changes have been made to modernize and fit the screenplay into the continuity of the X-Men franchise but on the whole I was incredibly surprised by the amount of source material represented in the movie.

06Following the conclusion of “X-Men: The Last Stand,” in which Jean Grey (aka the Phoenix) is killed by Wolverine in order to stop her from committing genocide, Wolverine    once again takes to the Canadian Rockies.  Living as an animal, Logan only ever comes down from the mountains to garnish what little supplies that he needs.  After a particularly unjust hunting party pulls Wolverine from his introspection and a mysterious Japanese woman shows up to escort Logan to her adoptive grandfather, the films gains traction.  The remainder of “The Wolverine” takes place in Japan with an almost all Japanese cast, and focuses on Wolverine’s relationship to a (now) elderly Japanese man who Logan saved during the closing days of World War II after the atomic drop over Nagasaki.

Rivals emerge and mutants aid both sides, but at its heart “The Wolverine” is primarily focused on Wolverine.  It discusses his mental state after killing Jean, his own mortality as he confronts an old acquaintance, and ultimately his place in an ever shifting world.  Hugh Jackman portrays the character perfectly.  He is, for lack of a better phrase, the only actor that could ever play Wolverine.  He is the best he is at what he does.

Aside from the phenomenal adaptation and Jackman’s performance, the action sequences are tight and the revelations are legitimately surprising.  There are only a handful of lines that came off forced or cheesy, but they can be forgiven considering the overall quality of the film.  The pacing is so smooth and cyclical, that I personally had difficulties telling where the climax of the film landed; this left me without a frame of reference.  Usually I can tell when the conclusion is eminent, but this time around I had difficulties nailing it down.  I think that this is a byproduct of closely adapting a mini-series into a film.  It felt more like a series of mini-climaxes akin to the conclusion of four separate issues culminating in the finale of a series.  Regardless, the flow was appropriate and I never felt that the film hung in exposition or action for too long.  It had great balance.

This is a solid superhero film that pays homage to its source material better than most and keeps with the character’s integrity after nearly fifteen years.  Cheers to Hugh Jackman and the whole crew for “The Wolverine.”  “The Wolverine” garnishes four-out-of-five stars.

Also, do not forget to stick around for the after the credits scene.  It ties wonderfully into “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which is slated to release May of 2014.  Its got surprises a plenty and if it doesn’t get you excited for the next X-Men film then I’m not sure what would.

(SOURCE: Film review: The Wolverine (2013))

“Real Steel” and “Star Trek”


My family holds an Oscar party every year, and basically we use the Oscars as an excuse to get together, eat, laugh, and watch some of our favorite films.  This year our pre-show films included: “Real Steel” and “Star Trek.”  In my opinion, they are great, fun movies that can be enjoyed and watched over-and-over without ever getting old.  Movies provide us with inspiration and show us what the imagination can create.  They inspire me to write, which is why I review movies so often.  A good film will always leave you in awe no mater how many times you’ve seen it.  Whether Oscar-worthy or not “Real Steel” and “Star Trek” are films that I will continuously watch and always stand in awe.

“Real Steel” with Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, and Evangeline Lilly (2011)

(2.26.2012)

“Real Steel” is a hard sell to say the least.  It looks cheesy, it sounds cheesy, and like they say, “if it looks and sounds like a duck—it’s probably is a duck.”  However, I would strongly urge that anyone interesting in boxing and the development/discovery of a father/son relationship to watch this movie.

Fun Fact #1 and #2: “Real Steel” is based off of a Richard Matheson short-story with the same name, which coincidentally enough was also a “Twilight Zone” episode.

In a one-liner:  “Real Steel” is “Rocky” with robots.

It follows Charlie Kenton (Hugh Jackman) and his son Max Kenton (Dakota Goyo) as they get to know each other after more than eleven years of being estranged throughout the career of a junkyard dog robot whose expectancy to win is nil.

It is a great movie about a bad father who begins to realize the importance of being a dad, and a role model, after spending a summer with his son.  The robot boxing is merely the catalyst that provides the flair and the means to ‘stand apart’ from the rest.

I highly recommend “Real Steel”—at the very least give it a rent, or borrow a friend’s copy.

“Star Trek” with Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Anton Yelchin, Winona Ryder, and Chris Hemsworth (2009)

(2.26.2012)

“Star Trek” is basically the “Ocean’s 11” of science fiction films.  It has an immense cast of great actors that place a wonderful spin on the original “Star Trek” lore. 

 This film serves as a reboot to the franchise and starts from scratch by skewing off into an alternate timeline that allows the writers to go “where no man has gone before.”  It is a great vehicle to drive the plot forward to new highs, while still holding true to the fans.

Nero (Eric Bana) is a Romulan who gets sent back in time through a wormhole along with the future version of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) after his homeworld is destroyed by a supernova.  Holding the Federation responsible for the death of his planet, Nero plans to destroy every single Star Fleet Federation planet, starting with Vulcan, in order to appease his rage.

The classic crew Enterprise is revamped and because of the altered timeline (due to Nero and Spock’s jaunt back through time) their origins and relationships are drastically changed resulting in a great new twist on Rodenberry’s beloved franchise.

“Star Trek” ranks as one of my favorite films and if you are a sci-fi buff/nerd (like me) then this is a must-watch.

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