When he is most vulnerable…
The visuals are definitely great but could be better. I think it is quite better than the other Wolverine movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Though, might not as well compare the two but hey they are starred by the same actors and the lead character is the same.
As usual, in a really action-packed movies like this… memorable sound tracks are not in. But hey, the music used for the fighting scenes and others are quite a match if I would say.
I know, I can’t compare it to the other wolverine movie because they got a different plot/story. However, I think that the whole script for the whole movie here is quite better than the last because they avoided those silent scenes in which audience tends to fall asleep. Nevertheless, there might be some inconsistencies with the whole Wolverine concept for this movie (hopefully, I am wrong but if you watch the movie and you know Wolverine, you might find the inconsistency yourself). But they did made it funny and worth the watch though.
In truth, I think of this movie as a spin-off sequel of the X-Men: The Last Stand and a movie in its own series too. The story did start of from after the event with Phoenix and did have it’s own unique story line highlighting Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). So, I might say that is quite good story they did there. I like how they showed vulnerabilities and how to conquer them.
The characters are quite new (well, except for Wolverine, of course). Let’s start with the lead, Logan/Wolverine(Hugh Jackman) is as stubborn as he can be but is now suffering from a broken heart. He is also in denial of his whole personality as well as what he did to save humanity. Mariko (Tao Okamoto) is our new leading lady here, she is resourceful and really accepting (and I say REALLY ACCEPTING), though she might got spine, she is still your typical save-the-damsel-in-distress character. Yukio (Rila Fukushima) is your new version of sidekick (every hero needs one!). She is resourceful, always got an inspirational thought to share, great with fighting and her hair is RED! The villains are both humans and mutant this time. Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) as with any other villains, got a beautiful mind, lots of resources and a really beautiful scientiest Viper (Svetlana Khodenkova), the mutant. They are both really really EVIL! But there are some characters that are in the grey spots like Harada (Will Yun Lee).
To be honest, I can really give a five-star rating to Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) because it feels like the role has been made for him or might as well say that he was born to be the Wolverine. But he is not the only one to be considered, though. So, Tao Okamoto (Mariko), our lead girl is good but could be better because there are some scenes where in she might be saying emotional things but her face is devoid of emotions. Rila Fukushima (Yukio) did an excellent job keeping the whole movie interesting. Hal Yamanouchi (Yashida) is really quite the villain here, he can easily show emotions like he means it. Svetlana Khodenkova (Viper) is one hell of a snake! She really is a very beautiful villain. Great job!
The ending is good in a sense but can be a little more conclusive. Though, if they are planning a sequel or continuing the X-men series, it is fine touch.
Nice movie, would like to see Yukio all over again. But, wouldn’t like to watch the flashbacks every now and done inserted in some scenes. Might be better if there would be a follow up movie though, just a thought.