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Last on our screens singing up a storm in Les Misérables, Hugh Jackman is back with the claws, as his hairy alter ego Wolverine makes a return to the big screen for another solo outing.
Last seen in X-Men Origins, The Wolverine sees Jackman takes on the forces of evil in Japan, as an old acquaintance wants something that Logan appears desperate to relinquish.
Thus far, Professor X and his mutant gang have failed to captivate audiences in the same way as other comic-book capers such as the Batman trilogy and The Avengers - and their solo flights. Jackman has always put in solid work as the leader of the X pack, but bad casting and lacklustre scripts have hindered the franchise. While The Wolverine doesn’t quite level the playing field – hammer still trumps claws, as does iron, gamma radiation and the city of justice - it does prove that there’s still life in the old weasel - albeit just about.
The Wolverine fails to show us anything remarkably new: Logan is ever tormented and struggling to accept his destiny, and therefore he’s still making those mean faces (at least he hasn’t got to worry about crow’s feet), but Jackman handles everything that’s thrown at him with his usual style; a few shirtless scenes don’t do any harm either.
The action has also been taken to Japan where we’re treated to some well-choreographed, ninja fight sequences and a few fresh faces, who prove their worth next to the ripped mutant. There are a few cheesy moments, as well as a couple of lines that drop like led balloons - ‘Don’t hit my friend!’ – but there’s enough here to entertain the crowd for a couple of hours.