The Wolverine - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Wolverine Reviews

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March 5, 2018
I thought it was alright. A fair pace and entertaining enough. Weird how the villain in the movie turn out to be
½ February 24, 2018
not bad lot of action
February 17, 2018
The Sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine manages to be a great sequel to a terrible film...thank god... This is a great continuation to the wolverine saga, and sure its got a few issues, but an all around great 2nd installment!
½ February 16, 2018
It has stock villains, and does throw basic physics out the window at times, but it does present a dramatic development for the titular hero that is helped by a rather unique action-packed environment for a Marvel movie.
February 14, 2018
good film a bit boring in some scenes
January 27, 2018
This has thrilling action sequences and a great story and Hugh Jackman is fantastic.
January 20, 2018
not as good as x men origins but good i like it
January 13, 2018
It was fine. Could've used more mutants with powers or something. Some cool action scenes particularly on the train. Goes without saying that Hugh Jackman was great. Flashback to Logan in World War II Japan was cool. Decent story for the most part. *SPOILER* The antagonist reason for building the "Silver Samurai" suit was peculiar. Didn't make much sense.
½ January 6, 2018
Sometimes silly, sometimes ridiculous, sometimes stupid, but entertaining enough, The Wolverine is a movie that can't really justify its own existence, but isn't offensively bad, either. It's just kinda... there.
½ December 30, 2017
While the plot and characters are somewhat thin. Strong action sequences and another strong performance from Hugh Jackman saves the movie.
½ December 28, 2017
Seemed to be close to the comic, sadly I just found it boring, with lots of running around & a bit predictable. Typical Wolverine story, bad guys will keep pushing the hermit-guy & force him to slice them up, the big villain will beat him up badly but he'll just win in the end. The nuance this time is all the Japanese stuff, but its all the cliched stuff thats been done a million times.
December 26, 2017
this sequel is a fcking piece of shit. the worst I could damned expect from DC.
½ December 22, 2017
A return to form for the Wolverine. Some slick action and great fight scenes.
Shame about the transformer at the end though but, still a worthy watch
December 17, 2017
It's really awesome seeing Logan/Wolverine again. I just wish there could have been a more exciting and interesting story.
½ December 16, 2017
Puntaje Original: 7.0

La manera en la que Hugh Jackman encarna a Wolverine será recordada por todas las generaciones como obra de culto.
December 9, 2017
Adequately thrilling with mixed plotting perspectives, The Wolverine marks an affirmative improvement over its spin-off predecessor while fighting its own cliched motives of twists and turns.
December 4, 2017
A worthy movie to make up for the pile of unmentionable we got in 2009. Excellent character building while not explicitly mentioning the events of X3. Keeps true to the series while throwing in splashes of Japanese cinema as well.
½ November 21, 2017
The first 2/3 of the movie are absolutely great. The final 1/3 with the cliched villains and climax is terrible.
½ November 20, 2017
a film that starts out great, but has a cartoonish ending
½ November 19, 2017
First and foremost I must say that I absolutely loved this movie. But as I will cover in my review it may largely be due to the fact that I have always held the source material of this film in very high regard. Having said that, I do recognize that their may be a sliding scale of enjoyability for this film. If you are a fan of the 1983 Claremont/Miller miniseries of Wolverine then this is the movie you have been waiting for. If you are fond of the character Wolverine and interested into delving deeper into his chronology and exploring his inner conflicts, you will certainly enjoy this movie. If however, you have no familiarity, or no desire to familiarize with the character of Wolverine, you may find yourself not caring about many of the slower moments and longing for a more evenly paced action film.

Fans of Claremont's Wolverine rejoice, this Wolverine does it right. The film does its best keeping characters intact while deviating from the comics in the sake of a self contained story and grander character development. There are several of the shots in this film that are near recreations of the comic's original panels, and although story lines have been shifted and shuffled in some places, its all there. Mariko, Yukio, Harada, Shingen and Viper may develop differently than in the comic series, but their relation to each other and contextual significance is intact. As a Wolverine fan it was also nice to see a meaningful relationship blossom between Wolverine and Mariko, unlike the comics where it really is love at first sight. Instead here Wolverine falls in love not entirely with the character of Mariko, but rather with the idea of being a protector, a take that is a welcome addition to the Claremont storyline. The characters of Silver Samurai and Viper undergo the largest facelift in this film, but it isn't entirely out of place. Let us not forget they were involved in the X Men issues directly connecting to the Wolverine miniseries. Although their characters have undertaken slight adjustments in order to incorporate ideas from the Fatal Attractions storyline, the plot does well to take from Wolverine's side of this storyline because it was one of the few times in the series where Logan did feel vulnerable. Many fans will recognize that the plot device and character of Master Yashida cannot be found in any of the original comics, but one must keep in mind it serves as a useful device to connect all the developments of Logan's journey. All in all I think its the best character study of Wolverine that any fan could ask for. Wolverine struggles with his animalistic urges and his commitment to reform, he grapples to find meaning in his endless immortality, and he ultimately finds purpose and resolution that he had not before. None of these developments are significantly or profoundly discovered, rather they are slowly revealed, which may turn casual movie goers off from enjoying this film. As a thoughtful exploration of Wolverine's character and a grand homage to incredible source material though, how can any Wolverine fan say no to this movie? It is the best X-Men movie and one of the best comic based movies.

For those who would not consider themselves fans, but are rather moviegoers intent on enjoying a superhero epic, be warned. This film is a character study, it does not grapple with any conflicts outside of Wolverine's internal struggles. The world is not being threatened, and not many lives outside of Logan's are even being threatened, so the storyline does not crescendo in epic suspense like the Avengers or the Dark Knight. So for those not invested in Wolverine's personal self discovery, some of the action can seem unmotivated and the pacing an obstacle to satisfaction. The film does its job in providing action sequences, but it intersperses several moments of symbolic soul searching, cryptic metaphors and relationship building that serve as pavement for Wolverine's self discovery. This movie can still be enjoyable without interest in Wolverine's inner conflicts however. With an outstanding supporting cast, a beautiful setting, and gripping and intense action sequences, it plays a lot like a token Bond film for those unfamiliar with Wolverine.

Whether you are familiar with the original comics or not, this movie will certainly provide entertaining thrills and intriguing themes. If, however, you are a fan of the original comic books, this film is a wonderful achievement.(1) Grandpa

This is what I understood at the end of the movie: Turns out Grandpa is a bad ass who just wanted to magically suck Wolverine's healing powers and live forever. So what he did was (i) Invite Wolverine to Japan; (ii) Fake his own death; (iii) As part of his plan (?) inject a spider onto Wolverine's heart so that he loses his healing powers--What in the world did this achieve for evil Grandpa?; (iv) As part of his plan (?) allow his granddaughter to be subject to multiple assassination attempts, just so that Wolverine will keep following her; (v) Then after leaving a trail of crumbs for Hansel and Gretel, captures his granddaughter, and lures Wolverine to some sort of lair, where his powers can be sucked.

The (?)'s indicate where I am not sure if it was really part of Grandpa's plan or things just worked out this way.

Given the tremendous amount of uncertainty involved in the above plan (e.g. Wolverine might've been killed, in which case no powers to suck; his granddaughter might've been killed, in which case end of story, and Wolverine would've returned to the Yukon to chill out with grizzlies), you'd think there'd been a simpler and cleaner way to do all this. But no.

All this is quite forgivable, compared to other things that went wrong.

(2) Viperwoman

What the hell is motivating her? What does she want? Is she working for herself? Or is she working for Grandpa and if so, why?

How did she inject the spider onto Wolverine's heart? Just by kissing him in the middle of the night? (This was never clarified.)

(3) Japanese Father and Japanese Fiancé

OK so it turns out the whole family (except pretty granddaughter) are a bunch of one-dimensional assholes. This is clichéd and boring and stupid, but still acceptable if you at least make some effort explaining what exactly was motivating them.

Japanese Father wants to kill his own daughter just because Grandpa willed her everything? (Oh, and this too was part of Grandpa's grand masterplan?)

Japanese Fiancé is just some asshole who's engaged to pretty granddaughter (this, BTW, is explained for us gaijin simply by the line that "You're not Japanese, so you won't understand"). He's the minister of justice or something. And he likes to have white hookers in his hotel room. Uh, and what else do we know about him? Nothing! Basically he's just some asshole who somehow wants to do bad things.

There are many other things wrong with this movie. E.g.,

(4) Totally artificial and forced chemistry between Wolverine and pretty Japanese granddaughter.

I literally cringed whenever they hooked up.

(5) Jean Gray bad dreams BS was just LAME

I can think of only two things I liked about the movie: (A) The Nagasaki A-bomb scene. Pretty sick, think it's the first time I've seen it portrayed up-close in any movie. (B) The black ninjas, doing their thing in the middle of the night and flying across roof-tops.
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