Comic books have occasionally transcended into great works of fiction, so it makes sense the movies would occasionally transcend into great movies.
This is one of those rare cases, I think. I seriously loved this movie.
Listen, I like the Avengers, but back when they started to make comic book movies these are the kinds of films I had always hoped for. Some of these characters are dark, and conflicted, and complicated, and I've been dying to see them that way on the big screen. When telling stories of super humans, especially in big summer blockbusters, too often the human element is buried by the super in an effort to make an easy to digest story.
It makes sense; these movies cost a lot to make, so risky ventures into gritty character pieces might not be the easiest thing to sell a studio on when they can make a fun movie full of explosions and rake in the cash. But after fifteen years of playing the part, Hugh Jackman finally bought enough good will to make the Wolverine movie I'm sure he always wanted to, and I always wanted to see. This is, by a wide margin, the most human super hero movie ever made.
Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman should never touch these characters again, and I don't think they intend to. This beautiful swan song is a decade and a half of work by both of them fully realized. The way they take the very things that made these characters strong and admirable (their powers) and turn them inward on themselves is magic. They make these characters we grew up with difficult to watch, knowing what they once were, and seeing where this movie has taken them. Seeing super heroes grow old has a very unique sadness to it, like we were never meant to see them this way, beyond the veneer. Patrick Stewart deserves Oscar attention in my opinion, and a star was born in the young lady (Dafne Keen) who plays X-23.
Oh, also, it's extremely graphic. They don't just strip the characters down to their barest most honest version; they do the same for comic book violence and it's really something else. The fight scenes actually hurt to watch.
This movie is the perfect mix of exciting, action packed storytelling and raw, bare humanity that the best comic book stories tend to nail. I'm thrilled to see a comic book movie find that balance.
Updated list of fav Comic Book Movies:
3. V for Vendetta
1. The Dark Knight
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