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Although its final act succumbs to the usual cartoonish antics, The Wolverine is one superhero movie that manages to stay true to the comics while keeping casual viewers entertained. Read critic reviews

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Lured to a Japan he hasn't seen since World War II, century-old mutant Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) finds himself in a shadowy realm of yakuza and samurai. Wolverine is pushed to his physical and emotional brink when he is forced to go on the run with a powerful industrialist's daughter (Tao Okamoto) and is confronted -- for the first time -- with the prospect of death. As he struggles to rediscover the hero within himself, he must grapple with powerful foes and the ghosts of his own haunted past.

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Hugh Jackman
Logan, Wolverine
Hiroyuki Sanada
Shingen Yashida
Will Yun Lee
Kenuichio Harada
Brian Tee
Noburo Mori
Ken Yamamura
Young Yashida
Scott Frank
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Mark Bomback
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Stan Lee
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Joseph Caracciolo Jr.
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Ross Emery
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Francois Audouy
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Isis Mussenden
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Marco Beltrami
Original Music
Ian Gracie
Supervising Art Direction
Michael Turner
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Rebecca Cohen
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Suzanne Smith
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  • Aug 15, 2017
    The Wolverine is easily my favourite solo Wolverine film. Don't get me wrong, Logan is great but this is far more enjoyable and less soul draining. We follow Logan to Japan where he is invited to say farewell to an old friend he once saved, however he is now embroiled in a family where power, money and immortality are at stake. James Mangold had a really easy job, just make it better than the abysmal X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He did that and then some. The balance between Logan's haunted past and the Yashida family affairs was perfect. The dream scenes with Jean Grey highlight how tainted Logan really is, how he struggles to let go of his past. It's a story about love, forgiveness...and badass swordplay sequences. Those of you who know me, know that my weakness in films are those that are set in Japan. I don't know why, it just is. James Mangold made Japan look beautiful, it was colourful and modern. Hugh Jackman, once again, is Wolverine. His physical prowess is ridiculous, clearly you don't want to have an arm wrestle with him...his veiny veins of vein-ness might just pop (seriously though have you seen them!?). Hiroyuki Sanada gets to wave a sword around, that's bonus points right there. The action sequences were thrilling and well filmed, I'm thankful that we as an audience are able to see everything and not be plagued with shaky cam or frequent jump cuts. The bullet train scene was damn fun to watch. The combination of modern and traditional Japan was well balanced and did not feel forced. The Viper was memorable enough to be classed as a good villain, maybe not the best choice of actress but it certainly wasn't a bad performance. Everything just felt fresh, it's what the franchise really needed. The third act does stumble into typical superhero blockbuster territory but that is to be expected, it couldn't stay mature forever I guess. Some of the slower scenes did drag slightly as well, but if anything it adds to Logan's character development. The Wolverine was fresh, bold and exciting to watch. It should be appreciated a little bit more.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 10, 2017
    While it loses steam as time goes on, The Wolverine benefits from gritty action, likable characters, and Hugh Jackman's usual strong performance to make up failings from a somewhat predictable plot and weak villain.
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  • Oct 02, 2016
    the set pieces are back up to scratch except for the O.T.T. bullet train scene. had much more story than the last wolverine film, there's time for acting and there didnt have to be action every single second, which makes you care who wins when the action does occur! the only mildly annoying bit was tin man at the end.
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  • May 17, 2016
    Though it's an incredibly vast improvement over 'Origins', I can't deny the fact that; 'The Wolverine' is the most definitive stand alone film of the X-Men film series to date that has clear focus on Hugh Jackman's Wolverine. Not only is it gorgeously photographed and shot, it's a very coherent and in depth character study of the actual character of Wolverine, that has stuck with us for almost the entirety of the films to date. For all it's exciting action and compelling plot, it's really the essence of the story that keeps this film standing. Although, in itself it does stumble succumbing to some usual antics within it's third act, focusing from one action scene to another and loosing it's sense of story. This has certainly been a very fine and redeeming event, not only for character but for the franchise in general. 'The Wolverine', delivers on it's character focus and huge scope in a very satisfying, entertaining and gratifying manner, able to keep fans and casual viewers invested.
    Luke E Super Reviewer

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