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With Dark Phoenix hitting theaters next weekend we’re rolling through the previous X-Men films. Today we take a look at the second standalone X-Men film, The Wolverine.
With X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverinein the rearview window, Fox began moving forward with new ideas for their X-Men franchise. After finding success in X-Men: First Class, a prequel to the original films, they decided to continue the solo adventures of Wolverine. This time things picked up after the events of The Last Stand. Here we see a Logan who has accepted what has come before to the best of his ability. He’s still tormented by the fact that he had to kill Jean Grey (Famke Jansen) in Last Stand, which has led him to a life of seclusion in the woods. He’s no longer a member of the X-Men; he’s a lone wolf trying to live out his life in peace, but Logan can never live a simple and peaceful life.
The plot of The Wolverine is both simple and convoluted. Logan wants to die, and an old friend offers to give him that chance by taking his powers and transferring them to himself before he dies. That’s the basic idea of the film. Past that it becomes a complicated narrative that at times is slightly difficult to follow, and it’s not clear who to root for outside of Logan. It’s ironic in that the storyline for Origins was so simple it was stupid, yet here we get a story that’s so complex it’s almost hard to follow. However, there is enough to make it work. Read More….