The Wolverine

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The fight of his life will be for his own.

Hugh Jackman returns as the Wolverine (from 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Logan travels to present-day Japan where he engages an old acquaintance, while an offer of mortality introduces him to a battle with samurai, his inner demons and his ultimate nemesis. Based on the heralded 1982 comic arc by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.

Experienced action director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) directs this sixth X-Men movie, having replaced original helmer Darren Aronofsky who left the project due to delays. The screenplay has gone through revisions by three scribes, who have collectively written Total Recall (2012), Minority Report and The Usual Suspects.

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Action, Science Fiction

126mins

Rating: M Violence & offensive language

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Let the healing begin. After the sheer awfulness of James “Logan” Howlett’s 2009 Origins story, Wolvie is back with a vengeance in this brooding yet bravura tale based on one of his most popular comic arcs. Taking him from Grizzly Adams-esque recluse back into the fighting fold, this Japanese sojourn owes more than a debt to Nolan’s Dark Knight and Marvel’s own Avengers series with its sombre storytelling and breadcrumbs of things to come (or should I say Futures Past).

A working knowledge of the original X-trilogy would be helpful to prospective viewers, but even those who think Adamantium is a fan of 1980s New Romanticism will be swept along by the thrills, spills (a battle atop a bullet train the shining highlight) and meaty drama (thankfully not involving an alien invasion or city destruction) on offer.

There are plenty of pointy sticks, claws and cutting comments, as the script allows Jackman myriad opportunities for appropriate pithy remarks in his new guise as a ronin.

As has been a trademark of the X-Men, the girls also get in on the action, with Rila Fukushima surely the stuff of Tarantino’s dreams and Svetlana Khodchenkova a venomous adversary. And the end “stinger” continues a Marvellous tradition of whetting the appetite for more. Snikt!

Empire (UK)

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An improvement on the last outing for Jackman’s not-so-merry mutant. If only it trusted enough in its unique setting to forgo a descent into aggressively awful formula.

Guardian

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The flat hammerblows of The Wolverine bear little relation to the zing and pop of Matthew Vaughn's colourful treatment. Inconsistency is inevitable in a world that's constantly being dug up and done over, but it leaves us no time to fall in love with anything being flung at us.

Telegraph

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The previous X-Men film, First Class, was secure enough in its own skin to embrace its comic side. Mangold’s picture affects a pubescent snarl instead: that’s the difference between comic and daft.

Total Film

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It’s a step up from the garbled silliness of Wolverine’s first solo outing. Unlike Origins, the storytelling is more sharply focused here, ignited by flashes of stylised superheroism.

Hollywood Reporter

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Until a third act that collapses in a harebrained heap, the director largely succeeds in keeping the more cartoonish aspects at bay, roughing up the surface with organically staged fight scenes and, crucially, raising the stakes.

Variety (USA)

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Though Wolvie comes across a bit world-weary and battle-worn by now, Jackman is in top form, taking the opportunity to test the character's physical and emotional extremes.

Moody Marvel

Wolverine likes to lead us down the darker paths of the Marvel garden. Hugh Jackman's in great form as the hero who's had enough. Great action scenes, superb support cast and, most importantly, much better than I was expecting.


Claw wrenchingly Marvel-ous

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.


Jacked Wolverine

Hugh Jackman has solidified himself as the one and only Wolverine. It shows through his dedication and desire to develop both himself and the character through each appearance. Once again tying Wolverines past with present to create a gripping story line. There was some underlying element that didn't sit well and I still cant put my finger on it, It was a good but not great. Jackman delivered again but there was something in the storyline or filming that didn't elevate this to brilliance, all up a good solid action flick


Wolverine is back!

I really enjoyed this movie, went into the viewing with no hopes but came out pleasantly surprised.


Another Marvel movie

Wolverine is super human but in this film hes a whip.

Disney may own Marvel now but this film is made by another film studio and it shows.

The action is ok the acting is ok the story is ok i expected more but got less of everything