I was invited to attend a New York City screening of The Wolverine with The Moms complete with an appearance and interview with Hugh Jackman, and lucky for me, my family had a trip to Boston that coincided with the movie premiere. Yes, we drove all the way to New York City on our own dime, leaving at the painful hour of 4:00 am. Although my movie and interview experience was provided by The Moms, all opinions are my own.
I will admit that I have not seen all five of the X-Men movies, and I probably would have been smart to plan an X-Men movie marathon prior to heading all the way to New York City to watch the premiere of The Wolverine.
Don’t worry – I did not mention to Hugh Jackman that I hadn’t seen all of the movies and after viewing The Wolverine today, I am sold on the fact that I do need to go back and catch up.
What I thought of The Wolverine
I loved it. It was entertaining, emotional, intense and full of beautiful scenery. But it was obvious that there was some background story that I didn’t know and I could tell that certain scenes and situations would have been more meaningful with that back story.
But it didn’t ruin the movie for me. The story was able to stand on its own (other than the possibly less intense back story scenarios) and was thoroughly entertaining despite my lack of X-Men knowledge.
I love the message of The Wolverine (and all X-Men movies, for that matter)…the message of tolerance and acceptance of other’s differences. I appreciated the different perspective that this movie’s story line brought to light. In The Wolverine, we see a more human, possibly weaker/possibly stronger Logan, depending on how you look at his character.
My favorite scene? I loved the super-high speed train fighting scene. This 300 mile per hour bullet train in Japan puts all other fighting-on-top-of-a-train scenes in movies to shame. It is intense.
Should my kids see The Wolverine?
Because of the pretty intense action (lots of knives and guns and fist fights) as well some language (the bad language is not constant, and it is mostly mild, but *Parent Alert* I did hear the F-word), I would not recommend The Wolverine to young kids. Teens and pre-teens will love it, but only you know what your kids can handle (and what you want your kids to be viewing and hearing).
Should I see The Wolverine in 3D or 2D?
I saw The Wolverine in 3D and, while it was impressive, I don’t think 3D is necessary. I’d recommend saving money by skipping 3D and buying popcorn instead.
About The Wolverine:
Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality.
Starring Hugh Jackman and Will Yun Lee, directed by James Mangold. Coming to theaters on July 26, 2013.
Note: I’m eager to share all of the great information and video footage that I got during the 30 minute interview with Hugh Jackman. As soon as I’m back home and can edit the video, I’ll be sure to transcribe the questions and answers and let you hear Hugh’s amazing accent. Until then, enjoy this Wolverine trailer and let me know how you like the movie if you see it this weekend!
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