I saw “The Wolverine” this evening. These are my off-the-cuff notes after seeing the movie.
I say off-the-cuff because I don’t take a notepad to the movies. I don’t dissect them. I basically watch movies for escapist and entertainment purposes. And when I’m done, I reflect on the themes, messages, and emotions that came through to me, and, by the very nature of the beast, to me only.
Too many people read reviews as if they think the writer of said review is positing his reaction to the film as “movement canon” – whatever “movement” or “stream” he may find himself in, whether that’s Traditionalism of the simply surface level movie reviewing business.
I carried a lot of worthwhile messages with me out of the theater after this movie.
Jews and Their Heroes
Sure, there are always problems I have with films. Even the ones I like. One of these problems, with movies like The Wolverine, is that the first thing I am reminded of before the opening credits even finish rolling, is the Jewish origin of the Wolverine.
Stan Lieber – I’m sorry – Stan Lee’s name pops up right off the bat, reminding me that, while even a Traditionalist needs a little escapist entertainment, one must always be on guard against Jewish influence and involvement in any medium in this nation.
It’s okay for a Traditionalist to go out and enjoy a movie. But be entertained with one eye opened.
Traditionalism in Japan
The Wolverine takes place mainly in Japan.
Logan (Wolverine) had saved a Jap’s life when Logan was a POW in Nagasaki, and now, while on his deathbed, the Jap has invited Logan to Japan to say goodbye. Oh, and steal his healing power of immortality. But mainly to say goodbye. And live forever.
Logan refuses the offer, the old Jap fakes his death, and Logan goes off and hides out with the old Jap’s granddaughter after he has his healing power repressed by another mutant.
So there’s the setup.
Early on, after Logan arrives in Japan, he asks the Asian girl who has escorted him across the sea why she is dressing differently now that she’s at the Old Jap’s place. She responds that the Old Jap is “traditional,” and adds that he keeps one eye on the past, and one on the future.
I thought this was a good meditation for us Traditionalists to dwell on.
We are Traditional. We must keep one eye on the past, and we do this because of our love for what the future could be. We plant seeds for future generations, knowing that to us falls the blood and toil. We see farther beyond the materialistic needs of today. We live for more than instant gratification.
We plant trees so the shade of those limbs will give relief to our great-grandchildren.
We love the good promises of fortune, destiny and determination. And we hate with an equal passion all that threatens our way of life.
Our eyes are on the past, because the past means so much for the future. And our hands lie deep in the mud of the present, working to plant something new. Or perhaps save a sapling that was already there in the first place.
The internal conflict that Logan faces is one which I believe is quite relevant to every potential Traditionalist in today’s climate.
This conflict is set up early on in the film, as Logan struggles with dreams involving Jean Grey.
He is running from his calling as a soldier for Truth and Goodness.
We are all, at some point, tempted to bow out of the race. We are all, at some point, so disgusted at the depravity of modern society, and so disillusioned by the apparent uselessness of any action we may take, that we are sorely tempted to just disappear and watch while Nero burns the city.
But within each of our hearts lies that defiant spark, that same spark that was with our ancestors, that would have us shake our fists at the gates of Hell itself and say “Fuck off!” without even looking for the army at our back.
This is Logan’s internal struggle for the remainder of the film.
“Do I get involved, or do I disappear?”
Of course, the answer to the question is never in doubt. For the answer is a part of his nature as a hero. Of course he gets involved; in a sense, he had a choice, but on the other hand, he never had a choice at all.
Heroes will always find themselves in the thick of it. What else can they do?
If His Courage Holds
One of the biggest themes for me during this film, however, was how important the virtue of courage is.
Logan, the Wolverine, could do all kinds of things as a self-healing mutant. But what will he do once this power is repressed, and a bullet or a good old wallop to the head may kill him?
Courage isn’t really courage if you spent no effort or overcame no adversity within yourself to achieve what you set out to achieve.
Courage means that you’ve acted in spite of something: whether it was a threat to your security, your family, your wealth, your property – you’ve stood up for the Truth against the Lie in spite of any possible threat to you and yours.
And that’s what Logan explores with the loss of his healing powers.
Now, aside from thematics. The Wolverine didn’t blow me away. It was a rather lackluster movie, honestly. On pure aesthetics, I much more enjoyed the Wolverine Origins movie, or X Men First Class.
The Silver Samurai fight scene was pretty cool. But honestly, it was a long movie, and most of it was (quite useless) drama.
I think the movie would’ve made a great one hour episode of an X Men tv show or something. But as a movie, I just wasn’t too impressed.
But, at least it provided some Traditionalist talking points.