Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima
Directed by: James Mangold
Written By: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 2 hr 16 min.
I’ve never really fully understood the appeal of Wolverine as a superhero, and it’s similar to how I feel about Superman. Since they are both pretty much indestructible, there is less reason to wonder about the outcome of the story, so what’s the point?
Thankfully writers Mark Bomback and Scott Frank understood this, and they do mess with the lead characters main ability. As a result our hero has more to lose, which makes the story in The Wolverine more interesting.
While this is certainly an improvement over X-Men Origins from 2009, the pace seemed uneven to me. There was also a little too much shaky camera work and rapid editing going on during the action scenes for my taste too.
If I had my way, I’d ban the entire shaky-cam practice! When it comes to action scenes in movies, less is most certainly more. Go watch Terminator 2 or Avatar for great examples of well shot action sequences. Heck, just watch the first two X-Men movies or X-Men: First Class for better examples of well filmed superhero mayhem!
If you’ve been entertained by the X-Men films released to date, you won’t be disappointed with this one. It’s better than X-Men Origins, but nowhere near as good as X-Men 1, 2, or First Class in my opinion. The film is rated PG-13 so while Wolverine certainly dispatches plenty of bad guys with those blades of his, you don’t see a lot of blood and guts. Personally, I think an R rated Wolverine movie would be much more fun to watch! 🙂
Best viewing format:
While this is a big summer movie, I didn’t see or hear a strong reason to recommend a trip to the theater to see it. A matinee showing would do. At home a HD viewing on anything bigger than a mobile phone will service the film well enough.
Best moment for me:
Wolverine is trying to get to the villains HQ, but is held back by about 30 arrows shot into his back, attached to ropes. It’s a nicely filmed scene, and one of few really visually striking images in the movie.