MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Wolverine’ mixes action, romance and mystery

bildeBy M. Scott Morris
Daily Journal

So far, Marvel Studios has proven it can do no wrong. But that’s not to say the team behind “The Avengers” always knocks home runs out of the park.

If we stick with baseball parlance, “The Wolverine” is a single that advances base runners, but no one scores.

Is that too strained? Maybe it’d be simpler to say “The Wolverine” is kind of good.

Hugh Jackman returns as the title character, a mutant with super powers who’s also known as Logan. He’s got some heavy guilt on his conscience, so he’s living as a hermit in the wilds of Alaska.

Yukio (Rila Fukushima) uses her own mutant powers to track down Logan and invite him to visit Japan. Apparently, Logan saved her boss’ life many years ago and now he’s dying. The boss would like to say farewell.

That’s the story, at least. Not long after his arrival in Japan, Logan is on the run with Mariko (Tao Okamoto), the boss’ heir.

Numerous factions are trying to kill her, and for some reason, Logan’s mutant powers to regenerate aren’t working as well as they should.

I got caught up in the mystery of trying to figure out which faction of martial arts experts are working with which bad guy.

When they’re in hiding, Logan and Mariko make a connection, and these are interesting scenes, especially since he keeps having visions of his lost love, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen).

X-Men fans might recall that Logan had to kill Jean when she started using her powers for evil purposes, and that emotional punch resonates throughout this story.

In another previous X-Men movie, it was explained that Logan lost his memory, so it was odd that he remembered the boss in “The Wolverine.” Maybe there’s an explanation that makes sense.

My mom has never seen an X-Men movie, and she gives this one an A minus. My son is 8 and he gives it a solid A.

I was harder to please, though I was entertained. I give “The Wolverine” a B minus, certainly not a home run, but far from a strikeout for the good folks at Marvel.

It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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‘Roadkill’ Bill Wizard 106.7 He gives a C. – “It’s pretty fun, but very predictable.”