Friday, July 26, 2013

The Wolverine & the Post Credit Scene

Wolverine is not caught between two women in his newest film; he's caught between four women. You can't have a great hero without depraved villains, and Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova, left) is amazing! Yukio (Rila Fukushima, right) delivers a strong performance and you can't get enough of these two characters. From top to bottom, from characters to costumes, from traditions and history to the now and pressing social issues, this is a well-crafted, serious film. Ironically, as I was leaving the theater, the scene everyone seemed to be obsessing over, besides the post-credits scene and the huge surprise contained therein, was the grizzly bear. All art is a metaphor for reality and culture, what takes place and how we can handle situations, but some films transcend that and give us metaphors about the metaphors, the grizzly bear being a perfect example: the bear and its fate foreshadows what will happen to Wolverine himself in the film, which we will discuss in the post.
(N.B.: This is just a pre-review; the entire review can be found here: Between a Viper & a Bear: Wolverine & Issues Of Resurrection). There has been a great deal of discussion on "box office bombs" as of late, and to some degree, that's an accurate assessment; on the other hand, I am confident in saying that 2012-13 will mark cinema history as a high-point in high-quality, high box office returns because so many incredible films are coming out, we can hardly keep up with them all. In a summer swelling over with phenomenal films, it's possible The Wolverine--for as amazing as it is--might get lost, or not get the attention it deserves; just the post-credits scene might be the most important post-credits scene ever filmed (and you might be saying, big deal about a post-credits scene, if it's such a big deal, why not put it in the film; because it's an encore performance, AND to have it in the film would undermine the ending, and to have it "bracketed" between the ending and the credits establishes a critical self-awareness validating the rest of the self-reflecting the film does; for X-Men fans, you're going to love this! So, make sure everyone going to it stays for the scene after the first batch of credits, you don't have to stay for the crawl, just the main credits). The Wolverine takes on some massive issues, and does so wanting to make sure we know it's doing it. Again, I am going to break my neck to get this post up and if you are planning on seeing it tonight, it should be a fun time! (NOTE: this post was just a pre-review; the entire analysis can be found here at Between a Viper & a Bear: the Wolverine & Issues Of Resurrection). Eat Your Art Out
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