Superheroes, everybody loves them. Prequels? Not so much.
Usually I don’t particularly enjoy prequels to movies, unless I have not seen the original movie yet; however, in the case of The Wolverine I actually liked The Wolverine more than I liked the previous movies. The Wolverine doesn’t leave out any intense and violent fight scenes, unlike previous X-Men movies. This is a vice that I usually find in typical superhero movies, there isn’t enough intense action in order to preserve the PG-13 rating. The surplus in action and violence is most likely because I watched the extended cut, rather than the theatrical cut; which is why I would strongly recommend everyone to watch the extended cut.
Wolverine (Logan) is always fighting something, and in this case, he’s fighting himself. The Wolverine takes place after the events of Jean Grey’s death (X-Men: The Last Stand). As a result of her death, Logan has to deal with his emotions and accept her death.
There’s no doubt that the most important relationship in his life is—we’ve seen through the movies—is his relationship with Jean Grey. Yes, we saw her die at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand, but in this movie, she has a presence which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself.
Yes, that means that this shows that superheroes do have feelings.
Out of all of the X-Men movies, The Wolverine is absolutely my favorite; it steers away from the typical X-Men movies. It’s main setting is in Japan, the amount of action in it makes the other movies seem weak, it adds depth to Wolverine’s cold personality.
The Wolverine is a very vengeful person. He wants revenge back on those who have wronged him, and in this movie the aftermath of Jean Grey’s death is analyzed. There isn’t anyone to take revenge on because nobody was really at fault for her death, there wasn’t really anything he could do. So what happens when a problem happens and there is nobody to blame? The topic of revenge came up while watching this movie because I’ve been reading The Count of Monte Cristo, a novel that revolves around vengeance.