PG) The Wolverine
20th Century Fox.
Running Time: 136 Minutes.
2 stars out of 4.
2009's X-Men Origins Wolverine was a critical disappointment, but was a commercial success grossing over $370 Million worldwide. So, it was no surprise when a sequel was announced, that would give the audience a darker, and more realistic look at the Wolverine character. The Wolverine is set a few years after the events of X-Men The Last Stand, "When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons." (Synopsis Courtesy IMDB). The Wolverine is a disappointing, lazy attempt to revive the uneven Wolverine franchise.
I was a big fan of X-Men Origins Wolverine, as I felt it was interesting, entertaining, and kept the same dramatic tone as the original X-Men franchise. However, the new Wolverine film is disappointing, lazy, and overly dramatic, with too many shaky cam action sequences.
Hugh Jackman is still the best part of these films, as he really becomes Wolverine. He has great dialogue, cool claws, and is the most entertaining part of this film. The supporting cast is also solid, and I think that japanese actor Rila Fukushima, is the breakout actress of the film. Svetlana Khodchenkova is the weakest actor in the film, she had an unlikable character, a laughable performance, and bad writing.
The film is not as bad, as I am making it sound. The cinematography is excellent, this is evident in the landscape shots of Japan, and despite the constant shaky cam for action sequences, is one of the best parts of the film. Also, the direction from James Mangold is solid, but I think the material and script he was working with was not on the same level as his direction skills.
The 3D post conversion is not well done, and is just used as a gimmick.
The Wolverine is a disappointing sequel, and sometimes boring sequel, about one of the best Marvel characters. Despite this, it features great direction, performances...especially from Hugh Jackman and Rila Fukushima, and excellent cinematography. The film is just average, and could have been much better.