Flashback: Jackman and Mangold before The Wolverine

Tonight marks the release of The Wolverine, the sixth installment in the X-Men franchise and the sixth film to feature Hugh Jackman as the self-healing Canadian mutant with the retractable adamantium claws.

The Wolverine is also the second film, following X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), to feature the title character as a stand-alone protagonist, and one fun bit of trivia is that both of the stand-alone movies have represented a reunion of sorts between Jackman and one of his key collaborators on the time-travelling romantic comedy Kate & Leopold (2001). The first film co-starred Liev Schreiber as Wolverine’s half-brother; he had previously played Jackman’s great-great-grandson in Kate & Leopold. And now, the second film is directed by James Mangold, who directed Kate & Leopold. (If there’s a third Wolverine film, perhaps it will co-star Meg Ryan?)

So, to mark the occasion, I have re-posted the review of Kate & Leopold that I wrote way back when. Incidentally, the version of that film that was shown to critics was different from the version that was released to theatres a week or two later — and, among other things, the theatrical version of the film deleted a few of the scenes that I focused on in my review, including the scene that I based my entire first paragraph on. I believe both versions of the film have since been released on DVD, though.

I also had the opportunity to interview Mangold on the press junket for the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line (2005); I spoke to that film’s co-stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, as well. You can read my junket report here.

I don’t seem to have written formal reviews of any of the X-Men movies, apart from a few paragraphs in a film column on the prequels or quasi-prequels of 2009. (The column also looked at Star Trek and Terminator: Salvation.) I did, however, write a blog post on the possible political subtexts to X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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