Rob’s Quick Review: The Wolverine

The Wolverine on
Letter Grade:

The Good:

Bones of a good story are there.
Technically proficient.

The Bad:

Not nearly enough plot for the runtime.
Takes too long to get to the important points.
Undercuts Wolverine's real character.

Cast & Crew:

Written by: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
Directed by: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Famke Janssen

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some sexuality and language

Dear Fox,

Please check in with Marvel.  They seem to have figured out how to make a superhero movie, but you’ve just never gotten the hang of it, have you? With The Wolverine you’ve managed to cram 75 minutes of plot into 126 minutes.  I know that about 20 minutes of that seems to have been invested in constantly having  turn around and stare at the camera while we watch him instantly heal, but that still leaves you with a good half-hour too much movie. Don’t get me wrong, Wolverine in Japan battling the Silver Samurai was a good idea, you just took too much time actually getting him to Japan, and FAR too much time actually getting to the Silver Samurai.

Wolverine’s 3 primary powers are stabbing people, healing, and being a dick. I know it’s hard to make a PG-13 movie about a guy whose primary power is stabbing lots of people, so I get why the stabbing-to-blood ratio is so high, but you’re even undercutting his bloodless dickishness, like when he throws somebody out the window of a high rise only to have them land in a pool that Wolverine didn’t know was there. The bones of a good Wolverine movie were there in that plot, but you just don’t seem to know how to infuse the adamantium and make those bones shine.



Rob Bernard (108 Posts)

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