Written October 31, 2014
The Wolverine flirted dangerously close to one of Wolverine's greatest foes (nevermind the pitiful iteration of Lady Deathstrike that made an appearance in X2). There are elements of Wolverine's comic book history laced with an original screenplay.
The plot is very simple and straightforward. The acting is surprisingly good for the material. Where The Wolverine comes up short is the story. It's not authentic enough for the diehard comic fans, and not interesting enough to carry its weight with the mainstream fans. This movie would have been so much better if written straight from the comics.
The Avengers and The Dark Knight have set the bar for super hero movies. The Wolverine comes up short, but is still an entertaining action movie. A go for non purist comic book fans, a so so for everyone else.
There is a major scene in the middle of the credits with nothing after that.
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Written December 15, 2014
Great action scenes and I enjoyed the general storyline, but I felt that the Viper character was pointless and the ending with the samurai was predictable AND corny.
Regardless...it was Hugh Jackman, so it was TOTALLY worth it!
Written September 17, 2014
The movie is not bad , it has a few punches in the dialog but you get the feeling early on exactly where its heading and who is doing what to whom. I will certainly buy it when it comes out but wolverine just isn't violent enough for me. Like the Punisher movies it lacks the gritty feel it should have. Countless times our hero slashes people ,wheres the blood? Moments of physical violence lack the impact they should have. Without the presence of trauma injuries or if there's too much and its over the top ,whats the point? There is a happy medium i believe but Wolverine has yet to hit it. For those that read the comics in the 80s,Wolverine is a killer who slashes people to pieces. I just don't feel that in these movies. It almost seems like oh well he just stabbed another guy whats next. I know there's a possibility you could lose out on some teen money with an R but don't the older fans deserve an R rated Wolverine just one time.
Written January 25, 2015
First, Hugh Jackman's portraying the Wolverine was rock solid as always. If director James Mangold had chosen anyone else to play Wolverine, the film would've been a complete disaster, in spite of the strong supporting actors.
I couldn't rate this movie highier than 3 stars because the movie kept flip-flopping from 'Great' to 'What on earth were you thinking (Director) James Mangold?'
One character actually brought the movie down. I was actually annoyed every time I saw her. I speak of the Viper played by Svetlana Khodchenkova. Though I believe Svetlana would've been fine for some other film, the Viper character was poorly cast, poorly written, as a mutant (in this film) poorly designed and often unnecessary.
An example of unecessary:
Out of nowhere the director has her shed her skin and this waste of cinematography adds no value to the squence.
"The Wolverine" is watchable but not great.
Written November 21, 2014
Great action, still needs to get bloodier to be a true Wolverine movie. I wish Quentin Tarantino could direct a wolverine movie with the type of action from Kill Bill. C'mon Marvel, do one R rated Wolverine movie bringing the berserker rage. With his claws, there's no way that Wolverine is a role model for 6 year olds anyway.