The Wolverine

The Wolverine ★★★½

almost undone by the generic third act, but still the best summer blockbuster of the year.

you made a real movie, jack.

actual character and pathos, terrific use of setting... Mangold has clearly done his homework / has a healthy reverence for the Japanese masters. don't ask me to unpack this, but beyond borrowing a few obvious shots from Ozu, i'd swear this film strongly echoes Naruse's gender politics and obsession with familial finances... deeply concerned with toppling post-war power structures (with the help of an american...), and damn if that bullet train sequence isn't the most arresting action of the summer. my condolences to the families of those henchmen.