Thursday, August 15, 2013

MINI-REVIEW: The Wolverine 3D

The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto


July 26, 2013

James Mangold

20th Century Fox

2 hours 6 minutes



Sue me, I kinda liked "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."  I know it's not a great movie, has the best acting, and doesn't have a strong script, but I still had fun with it and thought Hugh Jackman was great as always as the title character.  Having said that, I also wasn't that intrigued in another "Wolverine" movie in the first place.  The character might be awesome and just an all around badass, but there hasn't been a movie about him that has been at least as good as the first two "X-Men" films, along with "First Class."  Unfortunately, that streak hasn't stopped yet as "The Wolverine" just isn't a good movie.  Some of the action sequences are fun, one or two of the big twists in the film are clever, and Hugh Jackman is great as always as Wolverine, but the film suffers from being pretty generic, having very little substance, and just overall being nothing more than a generic superhero film.

This is a summer where we got both "Iron Man 3" and "Man of Steel," which are both great movies in my opinion.  So to have something like this come out and ruin the good superhero movie streak is saddening.  I should also mention that the script really tries to hammer in the japanese "honor" system to much, and all of the female performances just aggravated me.  The one big reason why you should see this movie is because of the mid-credit scene, which is better than the entire film.  Still, you can probably find that scene on YouTube, so what's the point of going to see this movie?  Overall, "The Wolverine" is a clunky, generic, and dull superhero movie that just happens to feature cool action scenes and a great Hugh Jackman performance.  If you were waiting for a film that does the character of Wolverine justice, you're gonna have to keep waiting, because this isn't it.


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