TRAILER: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Spider-Man was my hero growing up. I had all the comics, I watched all the cartoons, I loved Spider-Man. The Sam Raimi films had their moments, but as a hardcore fan, I'm more interested in this new vision. No, I don't think we needed the Lizard in a feature film, but I'm more than ready to see the Sinister Six. With the insanely positive response to The Avengers, it's no surprise that Sony/Marvel have decided to up the ante for Peter Parker. The real question is this: how will Peter deal with this threat? In the comics he always had help via Captain America, The Fantastic Four, and various other heroes, but due to all the rights and red tape in the Marvel universe right now, I'm not sure how that will work. Either way, I'm stoked for this next entry and will be counting down the days until May.

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TRAILER: Sabotage

Is it me, or does this almost look like Arnold's version of THE EXPENDABLES with a younger crew? Either way, I like it. This is the gritty kind of cop drama I love from the folks that brought us TRAINING DAY and END OF WATCH--two awesome flicks. And Arnie looks great, better than he did in THE LAST STAND, which was alright, but this definitely looks like a true action comeback. I hope it delivers.



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TRAILER: Robocop

The first trailer for this remake didn't do anything for me. This is partly because I love the old one (the first two actually), and partly because I loath the idea of this being remade at a PG-13 level. That said, this second trailer looks great. I love the concept, I love that they didn't simply rehash the old, and I think the visual upgrade looks promising. Will it hold up? Who knows. With robots (due to a lack of blood) sometimes you can make magic with a bit of the old misdirection, and honestly, I'm hoping they pull it off. Either way, this flick now has my full attention.

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TRAILER: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Truth be told, I enjoyed the first HOBBIT film much more than I thought I would. I'm very excited for this next entry and the first trailer was great. This extended one, however, elicits all the right emotions, and fuels my adrenaline. I've never been more excited for December than I am right now. I just hope the trilogy ends more evenly than LORD OF THE RINGS did.

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TRAILER: The Lego Movie

At first glance, you may think "This is absolutely ridiculous", and well, you'd be right. A Lego movie is as asinine an idea as all the Lego themed video games (of which they make at least one a year). And then I watched it...and laughed my ass off. This will be funny, mostly due to the presence of Batman (for me, anyway), but I think this will be a much funner time than it has any right to be. Okay Hollywood, you win this round.

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TRAILER: X-Men: Days Of Future Past

The X-MEN films went through the ringer after X3. Was it a shit show? Kinda, but there's always room for redemption. Fast forward to this summer's WOLVERINE, and more importantly, the end credits scene connecting it to this film, and I think redemption is coming. On the one hand, this flick is ambitious as far as characters go, arguably too ambitious but we won't know until it hits theaters. I have the utmost faith and high hopes for this installment. Brian Singer started our X-Men adventure, and I'm sure he's well aware of the sour taste X3 left in our mouths. This looks like a step in the right direction. That said, Matthew Vaughn's FIRST CLASS was a near perfect take on the franchise and though I'd have rather seen him behind the camera, I won't give up on Singer just yet. The hype is there. The story is there. The cast is definitely there. Let's hope the end result is something epic in nature.

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TRAILER: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I like it. Cap, for me, was never that great a character until I saw him stand off against Thanos in THE INFINITY GAUNTLET. That changed everything. I didn't care for the war backdrop of the first film, and I've never enjoyed the Red Skull as a villain, and I felt Cap took the backseat in THE AVENGERS because he really needed to get with the times. This flick has him learning that things have changed, and I'm loving what I'm seeing here. I hope (and pray) that this is the Cap flick (and moment) we've been waiting for.

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TRAILER: Wolf Creek 2

If you have yet to experience the Aussie Horror trip, WOLF CREEK, you've done yourself a serious injustice and should rectify it accordingly. If you have seen it, then you'll love the fact that Mick's back and looks better than ever. I watched WOLF CREEK a few weeks ago, and it still holds up beautifully. This new one looks quite a bit different by way of tone (Mick seems to be everywhere killing everyone, rather than slithering about the shadows innocuously), let's just hope they don't go too overboard with his antics. Either way, I'm looking forward to this one.

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TRAILER: I, Frankenstein

There's been whispers about this one for years now, but I wasn't expecting much. Good thing. As the trailer played I thought to myself, damn this looks like UNDERWORLD, and then the tag 'from the producers of Underworld' popped up (and of course seeing Bill Nighy just made me grin). It feels like there could have been potential, but they decided to play it safe instead (it's PG-13). I'll still watch it, but my expectations remain low.

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TRAILER: Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

It's rather sad to see this trailer come out the day after Tom Clancy's passing (may he rest in peace), but it looks good, in a reboot/Casino Royale sort of way. I like Chris Pine, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with some Kevin Costner action either. However, is it me, or did they show the entire film in this trailer? I don't recall the older Jack Ryan movies (I saw them, I just don't remember them), but as long as there's still a surprise or two left to see, I'm thinking this will be a slick thriller.

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TRAILER: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

THE LORD OF THE RINGS will forever cast an enormous shadow over any and all fantasy films to come after it, especially any that take place in Middle Earth. This was the greatest enemy of THE HOBBIT, but despite the many roadblocks on it's path, I really enjoyed the movie. But this, this looks fantastic, and has roused the excitement I felt for the original trilogy. Looking good, Peter Jackson, looking good.

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REVIEW: Riddick

"Riddick is deadlier than ever."

8/10

Betrayed by the Necromongers and left for dead on a hostile planet, Riddick enables a distress beacon luring two crews of bounty hunters to him in hopes of securing a ship before the coming storm laced with a deadly alien threat.   

I remember watching PITCH BLACK for the first time and instantly loving Riddick as a new breed of anti-hero.  Vin Diesel brought it and left me wanting more.  CHRONICKLES OF RIDDICK was a much anticipated sequel, and as much as everyone loves to take pot shots at it, I dug it for what it was.  Sure, losing the R rating hurt (Riddick is spelt with a capital R for a reason), but if you take a step back from all three films, the first and third are Riddick VS monsters and bounty hunters, which is cool, but at least CHRONICLES introduces us to a new breed of human monster which adds much needed depth to Riddick’s universe.  Hardcore Riddick fans want to see him tackle the Underverse, so here’s hoping we see that film down the line.  As far as RIDDICK is concerned, the fans will welcome it with open arms.

The first act explores Riddick’s betrayal at the hands of Vaako, which leaves him injured and left for dead on some random alien infested planet.  Riddick re-evaluates his current plight, and reverts back to the primal side we saw in PITCH BLACK.  This is a good thing.  I loved this journey, as well as seeing him be-friend one of the dog-like creatures who helps him hunt (their relationship had a, I AM LEGEND feel to it).  The aliens weren’t anything special, but CGI wasn’t bad and the presentation was decent enough.  The real fun comes when Riddick realizes a storm’s coming that’ll swamp the planet with these creatures (ala nightfall in PITCH BLACK), so he decides to send a distress beacon out in hopes of luring some greedy mercs out for his head.  He isn’t waiting long.

The two mercenary groups are fun to watch.  One group is purely in it for the loot, while the other had a personal agenda with Riddick.  The trailers didn’t do the script justice, because as lame and un-entertaining as it could have been, the back and forth bickering between these two groups was both hilarious and awesome.  Add Riddick and some aliens to the mix, and all hell breaks loose.  I won’t give anything away, but suffice to say, the way it goes down isn’t as ‘play by numbers’ as I expected it to be.

RIDDICK is what it is, a gritty, violent, action piece for Vin Diesel’s prized character.  At no point does this flick try to be anything else (as CHRONICKLES sometimes did), and it works.  Yes, the dialogue feels like an R rated Michael Bay film, but I happen to like Bay’s work, so no complaints there.  Do we need the R rating?  Most definitely.  Riddick should not be confined to PG-13 territory.  Ever.  Diesel fought hard to put this baby out there, rolling the dice with the studios for his cameo appearance in TOKYO DRIFT which earned him the rights to RIDDICK.  He also mortgaged his damn house (this all went down before audiences were wowed by his return to the FF franchise), so to say he really wanted this would be a severe understatement.  He posted a comment on Facebook a while back saying something to the effect of, ‘This year I wanted to do two things; get Letty back and put Riddick back on the big screen.’  He accomplished both, and as far as I’m concerned, did a hell of a great job doing it.  I for one am very happy with Diesel’s continued success and wish him all the best with his future projects. 

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REVIEW: Kick-Ass 2

"I was hoping for more."

6/10

Kick-Ass’ crime fighting exploits have caused more people to suit up and take a bite out of crime, but while Kick-Ass hooks up with a local team of do-gooders, Red Mist turns over a new leaf and plots out a revenge plan that will rip Kick-Ass’ life apart piece by piece. 

We didn’t need a Kick-Ass 2 (which formally had the added tag, Balls to the Wall), but fans of the first one should without a doubt welcome this as a guilty pleasure.  I loved KICK-ASS, but as a comic book genre fan, how could I not love a superhero flick set in R rated territory?  WATCHMEN?  Yes please!  That said, I didn’t read any of the graphic novels, but from what I gather, they’re pretty faithful to the source material.  I do feel the violence was watered down, no doubt mostly due to Jim Carrey’s anti-violence ruckus.  I commend his compassion on the subject, but this movie wasn’t insanely violent, and the violence herein is over-the-top cartoon violence (they blew a dude up with a rocket launcher in the first one for Christ sake).  Did we forget the eighties and nineties?  You want a taste of the old ultra-violence, re-watch COMMANDO, ROBOCOP or TOTAL RECALL.  Now those are violent movies.  This flick, not so much.  And as for Carrey, I love his recent string of cameo appearances, but I’ll be brutally honest here, dude was barely in the movie beyond what was showcased in the trailers, so for him making a big fuss about anything seems in bad taste to me.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson quickly brings Kick-Ass up to speed in the hero department thanks to combat training from Hit-Girl, and man did he ever get jacked!  Say goodbye to the scrawny dude who weighed a buck-o-five in the first movie, he was looking more like Hugh Jackman in WOLVERINE.  Sadly, Kick-Ass is on the opposite end of the spectrum.  He still can’t fight for shit.  I get that they’re going with normal people patrolling the streets as heroes, but other than Hit-Girl, none of them can do...anything.  I don’t know about you, but I unless I was a martial arts expert, boxer, or ultimate fighting champion (ironically enough Chuck Liddell makes a cameo appearance), I wouldn’t risk it.  This theory extends to most of the other ‘heroes’ as well, so don’t expect a full on battle royal as the trailer teases.  Case in point, a chick and her husband join the crew after losing their son, and all she does is hit people with a purse that’s got a brick in it.  Sigh. 

Chloe Grace Moretz is the true star on the hero’s team (when she’s there), and her fast track into High School (a nod at MEAN GIRLS) is all kinds of fun.  And when it comes to nods and winks, there’s more than enough to go around, but the coolest one for Moretz was the date prank that takes a page out of CARRIE—which of course has a reboot coming soon starring Moretz as Carrie.  And then to top it off, she goes to see Kick-Ass right after, and he jumps out of bed wearing an “I hate reboots” T-Shirt.  Priceless.  But the girl power doesn’t stop there, baddie, Mother Russia steals every scene she’s in.  She looks like the chick version of Conan and whoops ass accordingly.  The scene with her and the cops was nuts.

KICK-ASS 2 was disappointing, but it didn’t have to be.  There was all sorts of potential here, but they drowned it in clich├ęs, poor writing and bad ideas.  The Motherfucker?  Really guys, that’s the best you could come up with?  It was nice to see John Leguizamo (where’s that guy been), and I thought he looked good in an action setting, I’d like to see more of that for him.  Sadly, I don’t think we’ll see another Kick-Ass film.  It’s a shame, but I feel the studio tampering this time around killed any chances of them hitting the big screen for a third time.  Nobody seemed overly pumped for this installment going in, and the hype was nothing compared to the first movie.  I love me some R rated comic book action so I’m sad to see this fail, but again, there was no reason for it.  They had plenty of time to make it right so if they couldn’t do it here, there’s no reason to think it would get better with another sequel.  It was a fun ride while it lasted. 




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TRAILER: Mob City

Frank Darabont (director of THE MIST and THE WALKING DEAD) has a new series based upon the crime game LA NOIR, called MOB CITY (what a terrible name). I like that gave good old Shane something to do, but with BOARDWALK EMPIRE being the king of mob shows right now, I'm just not sure another mob show was necessary. Don't get me wrong, if it's good, it's good, but they should have timed it better in my opinion. Either way, I'll check it out when it comes around. If it's anything like the game, it'll be a good time.

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TRAILER: Prisoners

As a father to a fifteen month old little girl, this trailer makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up because I know what I'd do in this situation...kill everyone in that damn town until I found my daughter. My only gripe would be that you know damn well it's not the slow kid pulling the strings, it almost feels like it's Jake Gyllenhaal (I hope not though. Love him as a good guy). Looking forward to solving this mystery.

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GAME TRAILER: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

If you love RPGs like I do, and you haven't explored the rich world of Gerald, The Witcher, you're missing out. Think GAME OF THRONES as far as tone, violence and action, with LORD OF THE RINGS style magic and monsters, and even that, doesn't do this game justice. WITCHER 3 promises to be the largest, fiercest and most beautiful of the series (thanks to the XBOX ONE), and it's far enough out that you all have time to catch up. You can skip the first and dive into the second and be just fine. Are you still here? Go get it now!

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GAME TRAILER: Dead Rising 3

I must admit, that my zombie killing fix was always quenched via the RESIDENT EVIL games, but I'd be lying if I told you I wasn't sorely disappointed by RESIDENT EVIL 6. I'm curious to see how the next gen consoles handle zombie hordes, and if this trailer is any indication, I'm thinking we're in for a blood soaked treat. After all, killing zombies is always good times.

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GAME TRAILER: Fable Legends

FABLE was a game changer when it first hit the XBOX--giving us the choice of being good or evil. Of course, the actual game didn't change with these choices as much as I'd love to have seen it change, but the first and second FABLE game were infinitely fun. The third one...not so much. I sincerely hope they go back to the basics with this new one and give a true test of what the XBOX ONE can do (fingers crossed).

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GAME TRAILER: Thief

This is one I'm anxiously anticipating. I love RPGs, and every time I get to choose a class, I always choose a thief. I love the stealth game, and this looks like all that, and much more. It helps that this will be one of the first XBOX ONE titles, so getting a piece of the new platform will be nice as well. That said, I'm all about a slow burn stealth story and can't wait to sink my teeth into this one.

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GAME TRAILER: Batman: Arkham Origins

This one's been almost as full of speculation as the announcement of Ben Affleck as the new Batman (I think he'll be just fine). This newest trailer, along with the others, looks impressive and as much as people hated on the actor changes for the voices of Batman and Joker, they actually sound pretty damn close so I don't see that being an issue. Game play will tell the tale, but here's hoping they keep the franchise hot.

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GAME TRAILER: Diablo 3: Reaper Of Souls

I enjoyed DIABLO 3, but it wasn't nearly as epic as 2--then again, a ten year hiatus tends to change our perceptions a bit. Will I play the expansion? Yeah, I'll check it out for the story alone as Blizzard knows how to tell a story and is still king in the cinematic department. It probably won't be opening day or anything, but this looks like its worth checking out.

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REVIEW: Elysium

"Activate Kruger."

8/10

In the year 2154, the rich and powerful live on Elysium, a space station utopia free of poverty, disease and war.  The rest of us are rotting away on Earth, which has become as cesspool.  When Max, and ex-con trying to live straight, has an accident at work that gives him days to live, he takes one last job in a desperate attempt to reach Elysium and cure himself.  

I love an epic Science Fiction flick with a broad scope, intelligence and killer visuals.  We get one every year or two, and as much as I enjoy them, I always find myself comparing them to MINORITY REPORT, which remains one of my cult favorites.  Thought not as smart, or ground breaking, ELYSIUM is everything you could ask for in a summer action flick.  The social commentaries are no more “in your face” here than they were in Neill Blomkamp’s DISTRICT 9, but the budget, intensity, action and stakes are clearly raised this time around, and the result is two hours of fun.

Matt Damon solidified his presence in the badass hall of fame with the role of Jason Bourne.  He brought us a cool action hero at a time when the genre was lacking.  I’d have loved to see him further his action range, but he didn’t.  That said, he hasn’t lost a step when it comes to throwing down.  Sure, his character here is a touch weak and predictable (think Memphis Raines from GONE IN 60 SECONDS), but something’s got to be said about a dude who signs up to have a robotic skeleton graphed to his body.  One thing you never want to hear someone say when you’re nodding off for surgery is “bring out the bone saw.”  Aside from some dreaded shaky cam nonsense here and there, the fights were bang on, especially the final confrontation between Max and Kruger (loved the Cherry Blossoms). 

The true underdog hero of this film is Sharlto Copley who plays a not-quite-sane merc—I don’t want to say half cyborg, but also jacked up on robotics—who handles wetworks for Jodie Foster, an Elysium bureaucrat who rules border jumping with an iron fist.  Copely (the frontrunner of Blomkamp’s DISTRICT 9, and the dude who rocked as Murdock in THE A-TEAM) is a blast to watch and steals every scene he’s in.  You couldn’t ask for a more larger than life villain.  Foster on the other hand, was flat and boring, not to mention a little stupid when it comes to who she trusts and letting her guard down.  Alice Braga, who proved she can handle action in PREDATORS, felt criminally underused.  And then there’s William Fichtner, who’s always a pleasure to see, but again, got a very limited amount of screen time.

ELYSIUM is a cool flick, but the grand scheme of things begged for more.  Elysium itself seemed far smaller than I would have expected, and I’d have loved to see more of the world as well as find out what went wrong.  I get the idea behind speed dialing past all that to move along the plot, but hey, I’m just being honest.  Many critics are taking shots at the science behind the film, specifically, the all curing beds on Elysium that rid the body of all abnormalities.  These wonder-beds have been around in films like this for years, people.  Remember Milla’s body reconstruction in THE FIFTH ELEMENT (of course you do), or the same body reconstruction bed on the spaceship in JASON X that turned Jason into Oober Jason (it still cracks me up that he’s referred to in the credits as “Oober Jason”)?  And that’s just a couple examples.  Don’t get me wrong, the beds on Elysium are far more blatant in their presentation, and never once explained in any capacity, so of course it’s easy to attack the logic, but come on guys, it’s a movie.  If you really want to criticize, ponder the sheer coincidence behind Kruger conveniently approaching that van at the exact second he was called into action to shoot down those ships.  All in all, good times and worth seeing on the big screen.
 

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TRAILER: The Counselor

Another novel to film from author Cormac McCarthy (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN) which feels like a smart, brooding thriller. Let's hope so. The cast is an all star list to die for (is it me, or does Cameron Diaz look sixty? Yikes!), but then again, it doesn't mean much in Hollywood these days. That said, I still have faith in Ridley Scott.

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TRAILER: Sons Of Anarchy S6

Now this is coming from a guy who loves the show, but to say it lost it's visceral edge awhile ago would be an understatement. It's still entertaining, but if you're going to have the guys turn on one another, at least have the balls to see it through--for god sakes kill Clay already or bring him back into the damn fold. The Tara angle is weak and uninteresting, but from the trailer it's clearly pushing Jax over the edge which could be fun. Here's hoping it's a good season, either way, I'm there.

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TRAILER: Thor: The Dark World

The first THOR pushed the boundaries and was a solid flick in my eyes, and as most origin stories do, it set a grand stage for bigger and better adventure. While I feel this has a familiar feel to it, I'm pumped to see a force so powerful it not only is able to wipe out the Earth (not that big a feat of late), but Asgard as well. And of course, the idea of Thor and Loki being at each other's throats while trying to play nice is bound to be all kinds of fun.

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SHORT FILM: Venom

Being a huge Spider-Man fan goes hand in hand with being a HUGE Venom fan. You can't be one without being the other. Having read all the comics, words can't describe how disappointed I was by SPIDER-MAN 3. A small piece of my soul died when I watched that movie. A Venom film has been (supposedly) in the pipeline for years now, but who really knows what's going on with Eddie Brock these days. That said, TRUE BLOOD's Jason Stackhouse takes on the role in this short film by the same guys who gave us DIRTY LAUNDRY, the Thomas Jane Punisher piece last year. It is what it is, and fans should at least crack a smile.

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TRAILER/COMIC: Riddick

PITCH BLACK still stands tall today by action standards, and although I enjoyed CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, it was missing the raw "punch" of the first film. Not this sequel. The new one looks promising (though not mind-blowing when it comes to plot), and here's an animated short to bridge the gap between the last film and this one.

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TRAILER: 47 Ronin

Keanu Reeves has been busy, and after seeing this trailer I can honestly say his film hiatus has not been in vain. This feels like a live action version of NINJA SCROLL and 300 with a dash of THE LAST SAMURAI. A potent mix to be sure, with some risky looking CGI, but here's hoping this will end up being a hell of a good time. Color me excited.

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REVIEW: The Wolverine

"Wolverine at his best."

Rating: 8/10

Logan is summoned to Japan to meet with the dying CEO of a wealthy company.  Having saved the man's life during the war, he feels indebted to Logan and offers to cure his immortality.  Logan refuses and finds himself in the middle of a war he was not prepared to fight.


Wolverine is far more complex than people give him credit for, which makes him an engaging character to watch.  He was the reason people flocked to see X-MEN and all its sequels, and it’s his popularity that’s kept this train moving forward.  X-MEN ORIGINS WOLVERINE isn’t nearly as bad as people make it out to be.  I enjoyed it.  It’s flawed, sure, but if you’re a fan, you can’t tell me they didn’t do Sabretooth justice (Tyler Mane’s performance in X-MEN was cringe worthy) or that you weren’t happy to see it.  It was the absolute destruction of Deadpool that killed that film, but that’s another story.  This time we see Logan dig deep into his past and his regrets as he’s summoned to Japan by a man whose life he saved during the war—shown in a very cool opening scene.  Rest assured, this is indeed Logan’s finest hour.

Before all that, whether it was director James Mangold’s intention or not, we’re treated to a post X-MEN THE LAST STAND Logan living in the wild like an animal.  The brief story this provides is reminiscent of a Spider-Man five part series called PERCEPTIONS, guest starring Wolverine.  In the comic, a Wendigo is spotted in the mountains where some kids have been found dead.  Everyone automatically pins in on the Wendigo and try to kill it.  Wolverine ain’t having that shit, and gets the real story his way.  This bit with the grizzly bear felt like a wink in this direction and I absolutely loved it.

The story follows another popular comic series for Logan, and what’s great about it is that they actually explore his character rather than just point at bad guys for him to slice and dice.  It’s these moments of inner struggle that shine.  Putting Wolverine in Japan with ninja’s, samurai and a plot to steal his healing factor is done with much more finesse and intelligence than you’d think to find in a summer comic book flick, which again, adds to the flavor.
Hugh Jackman is the man.  Pure and simple.  It’s been thirteen years since he first dawned the claws and the character’s lost none of his potency.  Jackman can channel Logan at will, and continues to peel back new layers for us to enjoy.  He’s also in peak physical form, I mean d-a-m-n, dude is jacked to the max.  His Japanese counterparts are equally impressive here, and my mind’s still reeling at the fact that co-stars, Tao Okamoto (Mariko) and Rila Fukushima (Yukio) are first time actresses.  Well done, ladies.

THE WOLVERINE is the best comic book film I’ve seen this summer, and is an overall excellent stand-alone chapter in Logan’s life.  The Silver Samurai battle was a little over the top, and I didn’t care for femme fatal, Viper (she was pretty damn lame to be honest), but these are minor complaints that didn’t manage to rob me of my grin.  Add to that, the best post credit scene Marvel’s made to date (they should truly be ashamed of the IRON MAN 3 post credit scene), and you’ve got a damn good reason to hit the theater.  At the end of the day, it’s impossible to embody a comic series accurately into a film.  There’s no fancy way of putting it, that’s just the way it is.  And it’s for this reason I didn’t go down too hard on ORIGINS, because it was another chance to see a Marvel character I love on the big screen.  No, I’m not condoning a lazy film, I’m simply trying to be realistic.  Thankfully this time around we get something special.  I’m looking forward to DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (and praying it doesn’t suck), as well as another solo round or two from our adamantium clawed hero.   

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