Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: The Wolverine


The Wolverine  

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
Director: James Mangold
Writer(s):  Mark Bomback (screenplay), Scott Frank (screenplay)
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language
Running Time: 126 min
Synopsis: Summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, Wolverine becomes embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

What Others Are Saying?

Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 66% "Fresh", Top Critics: 61% "Fresh", Audience: 779% "Like It"
Metacritic: Critics: 60 out of 100, Users: 7.3 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 59 out of 100
My Review

Source Material: Characters based off Marvel Comic character created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr.  

Entertaining Value:

  • Action Elements: Wolverine frenzy   
  • Comedy Elements: Some cleaver banter    
  • Dramatic Elements: This film tried maybe a bit to hard..     
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy Elements: Not a mutant fest, but there is good amount of comic book logic.     
Cinematic Value:
  • Acting and Dialogue: 7: Hugh Jackman has set the tone to how Wolverine should be played. He was perfectly cast as Wolverine way back in X-men. I'm glad to see him back. Other actors did a decent job for being no-names.          
  • Art Direction: 7: For me I loved Japan as a backdrop. I'm glad they spent the money to film in Japan.    
  • Cinematography: 6: The action sequence were a bit to "shaky-cam" for my tastes. The train sequence was cool even though some of the gags were scene before in other films. 
  • Direction: 6: For an action film, in parts it felt kind of slow. Even thought dramatic scenes in most action films are an oxymoron, this one handled them pretty well.             
  • Editing: 6: I think the editing wasn't bad for an action film, but not remembered either.        
  • Screenplay: 7: I felt they handled the story really well. I like the contrast between Logan without powers vs the fury with powers. 
  • Sound and Music: 6: Fitting.
  • VFX: 8: Well Done for the budget.      
Overall: 6.5: I think for the average film fan this film might be a pass but for a X-men fan it might lean toward the must see...especially for the "easter egg" scene during the credits.           

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