How fair is it to review one film while comparing it to another? It would be easy to simply say that The Wolverine is better than its predecessor (2009’s terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and leave it at that. But that would be grading on the steepest of curves, and would unfortunately give The Wolverine too much credit. It’s true that it is a better film than Origins, which wasted an otherwise interesting character in boring backstory surrounded with a mess of jumbled X-Men mythology. The Wolverine is undoubtedly more interesting and enjoyable, but for me it’s perhaps the final nail in the coffin for X-Men spinoffs.
The Wolverine opens in 1945 with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. Continue reading