Saturday, August 24 2013, 01:15 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Wolverine
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fatasy
Recommended To: Those looking for a film that tops X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but aren't expecting the definitive Wolverine film.
Synopsis: Logan (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan to visit a man he saved years before. Upon arriving he is pulled into a family’s violent struggle for control over the most powerful company in Japan.
Review: Following the debacle that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine it was hard to imagine that one film could undo the damage and breathe life back into poor old Logan. The Wolverine is the story that many long-time Wolverine fans have been waiting for. It’s based somewhat on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s limited series Wolverine and serves as a sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand. But is it the movie those fans (which I count myself as being a part of) have been waiting for? No, not quite.
The Wolverine is a beautiful film that has some great ideas as it strives to be a serious comic book drama. Its story is somewhat convoluted as it weaves in numerous dream sequences while trying to also establish a romantic connection between Logan and Mariko, a young woman Logan is asked to protect, that doesn’t quite work. The secondary characters feel undeveloped and as a result their actions feel unmotivated and random. The central ideas are right and Jackman is still fantastic as Logan, but the film never really grabs the audience and pulls them in emotionally.
Director James Mangold has made some wonderful films (Cop Land, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma); he’s also made some mediocre ones (Kate & Leopold, Knight and Day). Unfortunately The Wolverine is more mediocre than it is good. It’s far better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine but almost anything would have been.
The Wolverine is a decent, but ultimately disappointing film.
-Ryan Michael Painter