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|Genre:||Action, Fantasy, Adventure|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 126 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
"Wolverine", probably the most popular X-Men, returns to the cinemas with his second solo use. After his first cinematic solo attempt was rather disappointing, he now breaks new ground in his second attempt. Under the leadership of director James Mangold ("Walk the Line") Logan (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan, where he has not been since the Second World War. Shingen Yashida (Hiroyuki Sanada), the man who saved Logan's life in World War II, is dying and wants to be able to say goodbye to his rescuer personally. Reluctantly, Logan, who still suffers from the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), accepts the invitation. But shortly after his arrival Yashida dies, whereby his complete economic empire is transferred to his daughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto). The young woman is thus targeted by the Yakuza, who already attack Mariko at her father's funeral. Of course, as Wolverine, Logan rushes to the rescue. But although he succeeds in saving Mariko and bringing her to safety, the danger is far from over. Because behind the attack on Mariko there are powers that are far more powerful and dangerous than it seems at first…
"Wolverine: Way of the Warrior" is a big step in the right direction. The film was inspired by a four-volume comic series written by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, in which Wolverine has to fight against all kinds of crimes and fraud in Japan. The interesting thing about this premise is that it is very different from what has been seen in the "X-Men" universe so far. The focus is on an inwardly broken hero who desires death and comes particularly close to this desire when he cannot use it at all. Logan is not only clashing with a particularly nasty mutant (Svetlana Khodchenkova) and extremely stubborn yakuza warriors. He must fight the hardest battle with himself. Since James Mangold takes an astonishing amount of time to illustrate this inner struggle culminating in a death wish, this second "Wolverine" solo run is much more dramaturgically interesting than its predecessor.
That doesn't mean, of course, that the film has become too dialogue-heavy a self-drama. There are several fast-paced action scenes and also fantastic elements, which should more than satisfy fans of dark comic film adaptations. Nevertheless, "Wolverine: Way of the Warrior" is much more character-oriented compared to other comic adaptations of the recent past such as "Iron Man 3" or "Avengers". It may be that viewers who expect non-stop action will be bothered by the many quieter moments and at times even find the movie boring. But if you hoped for a little more substance after the rather flat first movie, you'll get it here in any case.
However, what makes the movie so convincing in the first place is its look. The equipment and special effects are great and give the story a dark, very special atmosphere that loosely comforts some of the small lengths. Mangold has succeeded in creating a well-balanced mixture of visual bombastic cinema and quiet fantasy drama, which can actually win a little something new over the well-known character Wolverine. Wolverine: The Warrior's Path" is far from perfect, though. Despite its own style, the film is not very innovative. Many of the applications for action can be foreseen long in advance and the dialogues are full of clichéd phrases. The biggest drawback, however, is that Logan's self-doubt doesn't only lose him in terms of coolness. The fun factor has also been significantly reduced compared to earlier screen appearances of the steel claw mutant. Surely, Logan is still the coolest of all X-Men thanks to Hugh Jackman's good performance as always, and here and there a few little laughs break through the dark coat that hangs around the story. Nevertheless, this Wolverine lacks the sarcastic bite that made him stand out so far.
However, these are only small criticisms of a generally very good fantasy-action-smasher, which only reaches its actual climax in the credits. Because here there is a transition to the next "X-Men" film, which will be released in 2014. This little appetizer is a small party for fans of the franchise and releases them from the cinema with great anticipation. But until then, the fans have to be content with "Wolverine: way of the warrior". This isn't quite the "Wolverine"-movie you wished for, but despite some minor weaknesses it's damn close. And for that there is a deserved one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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