Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67% (Critics) / 81% (Audience)
Directed By: James Mangold
Written By: Mark Bomback and Scott Frank
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Famke Janssen
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Synopsis:Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in this sequel to the member of the X-Men’s first solo outing. Mark Bomback and The Usual Suspects’ Christopher McQuarrie penned the script, which takes its inspiration from the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Marvel miniseries from the 1980s dealing with the character’s adventures in Japan as he fights ninjas in the ceremonial garb of the samurai. Knight and Day’s James Mangold directs. (Source)
Hugh Jackman is perfect as Wolverine and much the same way with Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, I have a hard time picturing anyone else playing the role any better. it is Jackman’s performance that did the most to keep me interested in this movie at all.
I also enjoyed Rila Fukushima as Yukio. She was plucky and very capable in her fight scenes. I hope she continues to be Logan’s sidekick and also gets the call to appear in the X-Men movies.
The after credits scene was great.
The romance between Logan and Mariko Yashida was awful with there being nearly zero chemistry between Jackman and Tao Okamoto.
The villains in this film were lackluster to say the least with Viper being the worst of the bunch. It was like someone dropped a bitchy villainess from a 90’s primetime soap opera into the middle of a super hero movie. The character of Hamada was unfocused and his motivations switched so many times and with such little reason that it made no sense.
Most of the action scenes were very pedestrian and uninspired with Wolverine just slashing away like a spas while getting shot/stabbed/kicked/punched/impaled…he may be the worst hero ever when it comes to fighting. And whoever thought it was a good idea to spend so much of the movie having Wolverine fight random henchman (and do so in such a sloppy way) needs to be slapped.
Also dead Jean Grey is just as big a buzzkill as she was when she was alive.
I seriously doubt that anyone was shocked by the big reveal of who the Silver Samurai was…it was telegraphed so obviously from the start that a person who had only seen the trailers for the film could have made the right guess.
Final Verdict: THE WOLVERINE is not really a bad movie but it is definitely not a good one. Instead it is just there for 2 hours giving the audience nothing worthwhile to latch onto. I guess mediocre would be the word that best describes the movie. Things happen but none of them are particularly interesting or well done and at the end you feel nothing. The 5 minute after credit scene packed more of a punch than the entirety of THE WOLVERINE’s over 2 hour running time.