Wow! I went to see Director James Mangold’s The Wolverine just because it was the big film of weekend and was expecting to see more of the same old bang-bang of recent action films. But, surprise, surprise… The Wolverine is an excellent story of honor and honor disgraced thanks to Writers Mark Bomback and Scott Frank.And, with superb performances by Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Tao Okamoto (Mariko), Rila Fukushima (Yukio) and Svetlana Kohdchenkova (Viper) plus the fabulous Cinematography of Ross Emery and the Production Design of François Audouy, The Wolverine is one of the best action films of the year. In fact, it is one of the better overall films of the year, so far.
I fear, however, that my low expectation might be due to a poor marketing campaign by Twentieth Century Fox concentrated on selling this to fan boys, when they could be bringing in young women and adults of both sexes, as well. Perhaps they feel that the killing they’re likely to make in Japan, where the movie takes place, will make up for it.
But, if you want to have an exciting time at the movies, check out The Wolverine.I give The Wolverine a 4+ out of 5.
PS: Remeber to stay for the epilogue scene during the credits.