Hugh Jackman is one of Hollywood's most versatile actors, a fact he proves yet again in The Wolverine. This marks Jackman's sixth turn playing Logan/The Wolverine, but the last time audiences saw him onscreen was for Les Misérables — a movie that had him singing, not clawing. Maybe watching him as Jean Valjean gave me a renewed appreciation for Jackman as The Wolverine, or maybe it's just that Jackman is better than ever as the clawed mutant. The Wolverine finds Logan some time after the events of 2005's X-Men: The Last Stand. He's living as a recluse, hiding in the mountains and dreaming of his ex, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). But it wouldn't be a good movie if he stayed in a cave the whole time, would it? And trust me, The Wolverine really is a good movie.
Logan is content in his misery and self-loathing, until Yukio (Rila Fukushima, whose fighting skills are something to marvel at), a young Japanese woman, shows up and tells him that her boss has requested Logan's presence. Her boss turns out to be Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi), an ailing king of Japanese technology, who Logan happened to save during WWII. She claims he just wants to say goodbye before he dies, but what Yashida really wants is something that would shake up the entire X-Men universe: he wants to make Logan mortal. It's a good hook, but the story in The Wolverine goes far beyond whether or not his "cure" for mutants works as it gradually becomes a twisty mystery. The evolving turns kept me on the edge of my seat, but the storytelling isn't the only impressive aspect of the film. Find out more when you keep reading.