Maybe my over-enthusiasm is the result of walking into the theater with my expectations flat-lined at zero, but I found myself hooked and legitimately enjoying what The Wolverine had to offer from the very early scenes. We're moving completely away from the landscape of Xavier's School and the ongoing battle for mutant civil rights. Where the X-Men on the whole are great largely because of the way they tackle the subject of what it means to be human, The Wolverine steps away from grand battles and moves momentarily on to a personal stage. Just as a step towards personal reconciling proved successful in Iron Man 3, Wolverine makes great strides when stripped of some of the persecution and rebellion aspects, and when we begin to explore aspects of Logan's militaristic sense of responsibility and duty. It has the self-possession of a standalone film, though trickles of past-history find there way in. We are reintroduced to Logan as a wild man in self-imposed exile. He's having a sort of existential crisis, blaming himself for the terrible things that have befallen people he has loved, and is visited nightly by the dream-ghost of Jean Grey (Famke Jansseen). His wilderness funk is interrupted by the arrival of Yukio (Rila Fukushima), a confident young girl sent to bring him back with her to Japan. She 'works' for a man Logan once knew, a wholly human Japanese soldier named Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) who Logan once saved in the dregs of WW2. Yashida has gone on to become one of the most powerful men in his country. He wants to say goodbye to his former savior, Logan has no scheduled conflicts.