As brooding and bloody as the reluctant anti-hero himself, The Wolverine stylishly paints the painful past of one of the X-Men’s most bold and beloved characters.
And while the man with the adamantium hands seems to have plenty of company aboard the superhero bullet train to a solemn samurai-inspired saga, Mangold handles this wealth of Wolverine knowledge with masterful dexterity. Jackman’s Logan may not be saving the world from certain doom or clobbering iconic madmen in this issue, but the persistently pissed demeanor, tough-as-nails roughness and slash then ask questions attitude that snagged leagues of loyal fans the world over remains, as ever, gloriously intact.
When it comes to superhero films style always works best with smart, and thankfully for The Wolverine both of these attributes are on full display. With very little to display however, the extras menu is woefully sparse in this edition, with an annoyingly brief look into the X-Men’s next film X-Men: Days of Future Past, an alternate ending, a Second Screen App leading to additional multimedia content, and the film’s theatrical trailer. Additionally, the most impressive and extensive item on the menu is The Path of the Ronin, which thoroughly explores the samurai aspects of Wolverine’s origin, and also acts as the menu’s saving grace.
The devil’s advocate in me would point out that if you’re a true Wolverine cinephile you could always lay down those extra ducats for the 4-disc Extensive Edition, which contains marginally more supplemental features and also includes Mangold’s director commentary, but none of those extras outshines The Path of the Ronin. So with smart calls and broken jaws, all tuned to the snikt of those oh-so-familiar claws, The Wolverine might just be the feather in this franchise’s cap.
Studio Synopsis: Inspired by the celebrated Marvel comic book arc, Logan (Hugh Jackman), the century-old mutant known to the world as Wolverine, is lured to a Japan he hasn’t seen since World War II – and into a shadowy realm of Yakuza and Samurai. Suddenly finding himself on the run with a mysterious, beautiful heiress and confronted for the first time with the prospect of true mortality, Logan will be pushed to the physical and emotional edge – further than he’s ever been. On a perilous journey to rediscover the hero inside, Logan will be forced to grapple not only with powerful foes, mutant and human alike, but with the ghosts of his own haunted past, as well. As The Wolverine crosses his adamantium claws with Samurai swords, striking out through a maze of love, betrayal and honor, he will truly come to know the price of a life without end.
- Alternate Ending
- X-Men: Days of Future Past Set Tour
- The Path of the Ronin: An immersive feature following the journey of a hero without a past
- Sync with Wolverine Second Screen App for interactive Second Screen experience
- Theatrical Trailer