The Wolverine Trilogy

3 – X-Men Origins: Wolverine; This was the first attempt at a film centered around Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). X-Men Origins: Wolverine had potential but, unfortunately, fell short of anything more than a muddled mess. These problems mainly coming from differing creative desires between Gavin Hood (Director) and 20th Century Fox. Hood wanted to make an origin story for Wolverine and explain the Weapon X program. However, 20th Century Fox wanted another “X-Men” movie and wouldn’t compromise. These differences spawned almost every problem in the film. The acting – especially from Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber – is the only worthwhile thing about it. The script is melodramatic and far from good. The characters added were unnecessary – only there for the sake of excusing the “X-Men” title – and therefore had very little depth behind them. The direction was far too restricted to give the film any unique style. All of which gave way to a lackluster story breaking up scenes of violence and action. Not to mention that these action scenes are the only entertaining ones – being nothing more than entertaining. The combination of all the horrible components as well as some disgusting CGI gives way to one of the worst superhero movies to come about. Cinemaster Score: 3.4/10

2 – The Wolverine; In the second film with Wolverine being it’s centerpiece, our titular character actually stands out. The Wolverine also is the best representation of Logan in his prime. Here we see Hugh Jackman return yet again to star as the comic classic character, doing so with his usual prowess. The film is written well, too – as to give more depth to Wolverine. Plus, this aforementioned writing gives an intriguingly lonelier aura to such a hardened character through superhero cinema. It isn’t delved into much here, though it carries over to the next film well. Most of the other characters are hard to care for or even keep track of. The story isn’t extremely interesting, still relying (not as heavily) on good action sequences. James Mangold (Director) reels in his ability to make a story with a good balance of emotion – only enough to set up the success of his sequel, though. The Wolverine had the means to be great. Nonetheless, it ends up being good – not great. Then you arrive at the third act. The finale is ambitious, but fails to execute on that at all – being cartoonish in its ways. Once you’ve finally passed the mess of a third act, the closing scene is unimportant – with Wolverine receiving something iconic he will never use. Similar to how few will use this film on their favorites list as it leaves you entertained, yet not fully satisfied. Cinemaster Score: 6.7/10

1 – Logan; Logan is the best for a reason. It is brutal, emotionally resonant, and a fitting end to one of the best supeheroes ever. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart put in their best performances yet, crafting beautiful moments through excellent acting and great script work. Director James Mangold returns from The Wolverine to make something truly special, a unique and grounded superhero film. The way each scene comes across so naturally and fluid makes the experience all the more entertaining. As for the action, this may be the best on-screen portrayal of Wolverine’s abilities we’ve ever had. Thanks to the R rating, every kill has impact and is viciously violent. But the R rating also allows for the movie to delve into deeper and more controversial subjects, making for an intriguing superhero story. Logan is risky, brutal, and actually makes you feel something as you watch it. Not many superhero films can claim they do that, making Logan all the more special. This movie is everything you want and more, serving as the perfect sendoff for a character dear to so many. Heartbreaking, moving, and full of unique creative choices, Logan is undoubtedly the best in the Wolverine Trilogy, and one of the best in the superhero genre. Cinemaster Score: 9.4/10

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