Summary: They just can't make a great Wolverine film. I thoroughly enjoy the X-Men films, all of them. The Wolverine film was better than the first, but only slightly. This time we get to travel to Japan which is cool, but the premise of the story I felt a tad contrived, even for a comic book film. I don't know if the Japan story arc in the actual comics depict a guy in an overgrown robot costume, but it just didn't work for me and who the fuck was the Russian chick.
Excerpt: Logan has renounced violence after the death of Jean Grey but becomes embroiled in the affairs of the Yakuza whilst protecting a dying friend's grand-daughter in Japan. The original Wolverine mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller has always been ripe for a big screen interpretation and although The Wolverine is hardly a faithful adaptation, it does contain enough of its elements to do it some small justice.
Excerpt: Great opening as we witness our tormented hero trying to forget the past in the stark Alaskan mountains but it doesn’t take long for Logan to get drawn back into his old kick-ass ways as he is forced to protect the weak and stand for what is right after some hillbilly bear hunters wound his only friend, a grizzly bear with a toxic dart and leave him for dead.
Excerpt: pretty good! I was surprised at how nice a job they did with Japan. Hollywood movies usually only have two or three things they're willing to show about japan (Hyper Modern! Solemn Tradition! Kinky Sex!), and while this movie did hit all those expected notes, it also showed a lot of like... back alleyways and small towns and architecture that was neither traditional nor futuristic.
Summary: I was hoping to get more out of the female characters in this movie. But, in that sense it was a typical Hollywood action/superhero movie. The male characters, on the other hand, were very dynamic. And, the surgery scene was excellent.
Excerpt: Please note that X-Men, X-Men First Class and the Wolverine were the only X-Men movies I had seen at the time of writing this review. So far this year, The Wolverine is the second summer movie that I could really appreciate, because it is self-aware and at the same time exceeds expectations. James Mangold is quite a good director. I like his style, it has lots of close-ups and good framing. And visually, The Wolverine is great.
Excerpt: Out of the many superhero films that 2013 has given us, I have to say, I had my doubts about The Wolverine. The last film didn't exactly inspire me to seek out a sequel. Yet after details started to emerge, I began to be more open to this new outing by everyone's favorite mutant. And I'm glad I went because this manages to give Hugh Jackman more to do than scowl, kill and crack wise (though there is plenty of that too) - it actually develops the character.
Excerpt: A solid entry to the X-Men series. Though, you don't necessarily have to have seen any of the films in the franchise to enjoy this (certain backstory elements are favorable knowledge). It stands alone strongly as a solo piece that is surprisingly, for the most part, a character development arc for Wolverine. And don't be expecting any other recognizable hero/villain mutants. This IS the Wolverine show.
Summary: Marvel’s latest instalment of Wolverine maintains an entertaining grip on the franchise. Explosive action sequences. Mentally unstable characters and mind bendingly extravagant use of CGI frames the $120ml budget with money well spent. It may not be the quintessential action movie or the most accurate adaptation of a marvel series however, in my view it does stay true to the movie franchise. Take from that whatever you like. An adamantium fusing 3/5 from me.
Summary: -Wolverine- Another installment of the Adamantium coated animal Logan. Unlike the unusal 'X-Men' or 'Wolverine, Origins' we see our main-man in a different situation. I felt a little let down by this fantasy film, perhaps because I was just expecting too much from Marvel; or it's time to follow another graphic novel character? Reminded me in parts of 'Ironman3' and I enjoyed the fight scenes (as you can expect, involving Hugh J).