3 of the Best vs 3 of the Worst is exactly what it sounds like – 3 of the best examples of either an actor, film series, genre, etc. versus 3 of the worst. It’s also an opportunity for you to have your say on my choices and whether you would have placed something ahead of my best or my worst. Today we examine Wolverine’s solo movies…
Wolverine has had varied success with his solo adventures. Wolverine: Origins was a mess of a film but The Wolverine was closer to the mark, even if it did feel like the killing-machine had his claws corked. Logan is the film Wolverine fans wanted and manages to correct many of the mistakes made by previous outings in the franchise. That doesn’t mean the first two movies don’t have their merits though and here we find the very best and very worst of the films where Wolverine was allowed to fend for himself – or not as the case seemed to be.
3 of the Best
3. The Bullet Train battle (The Wolverine)
The Wolverine was largely set in Japan and used this setting well, incorporating a lot of culture into the movie itself. One such instance is when Wolverine is attacked on a Japanese Bullet Train. It makes for a great battle, which starts close-quarters but then ends on-top of the train, travelling at blistering speeds. It makes great use of the character’s claws as he battles knife-wielding Yakuza henchmen.
2. Wolverine let-loose (Logan)
The comic-book version of the famous X-Men character show a darker, more graphic and violent person who is the “best at what he does.” Studios shy away from this to get the PG-13 rating which equates to cash but luckily, for his final hurrah, Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold gave the audiences what they wanted. This more faithful version of the character is violent, gory and full of rage. This is seen best in a forest-set battle towards the film’s climax, a snippet of which is above.
1. Wolverine through time
Wolverine: Origins has little going for it. It starts promisingly though, with a great montage which follows the seemingly immortal mutant through conflicts around the world. It makes for a great introduction to the movie, shows the violent past the character had before the Weapons X program and unfortunately, is the best part of the first solo Wolverine adventure.
3 of the Worst
3. Gambit (Wolverine: Origins)
One of the worst aspects of The Wolverine movies doesn’t even feature Wolverine directly. When fans discovered one of their beloved characters would be coming to the big screen, people became excited to see card-throwing Gambit. What they got wasn’t the character they knew and loved. It isn’t that Taylor Kitsch’s version is bad, just that it lacks any bite and feels like a watered down version. The fact he seems so easily dispatched doesn’t help either.
2. The Silver Samurai
Although any Wolverine movie requires a little silliness, the finale of The Wolverine just felt so out of place with the rest of the movie it was plain weird. Having fought ninjas, Yakuza and other varied mutants, the finale is a large robotic samurai containing a character already believed dead. It harked back to silly superhero movie and undid a lot of the decent elements which had gone before.
1. Deadpool silenced
Deadpool was already a huge comic book character before Ryan Reynolds brought him to screen last year. This wasn’t the first time though, with Reynolds playing the character in Origins originally. The best aspect of Deadpool was always his mouth, being able to say things other superheroes wouldn’t be able to. So the worst possible thing you could do is seal that mouth up, creating a bland, forgettable villain in the process.
Overall, 6 moments of varying quality all from Wolverine’s solo efforts. The worst out-weigh the best by some margin but at least Reynolds got to rectify the errors of Origins in his own Deadpool movie, as did Hugh Jackman with Logan. Let me know if there are any you think I’ve missed.