NON HORROR REVIEW- That’s right, another movie about the fan favorite X-Man, Wolverine. Since my return to the states I cannot count how many people I have heard say things like “didn’t they already make one of those?” and of course I join in with them in asking the same thing.
Even though it’s been four years since “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” I was still hoping for Marvel to use that time to focus their production on more diverse stories with characters a littler fresher and newer. Ones who would shake things up a little bit from the flooding waters of repetitiveness that is drowning the industry.
Just looking at the title of this 2013 James Mangold (Cop Land, Walk The Line) directed film; “The Wolverine” and we see confusion and a dry aura of simplicity that just doesn’t work. So, along with the bland title, the film also needed much more to win over the regular wave of summer viewers.
Don’t get me wrong, for true Wolverine fans, the story and character building was fairly solid and satisfying. Along with that, finally after a handful of attempts we see Hugh Jackman evolve into what I feel is a worthy Wolverine.
The locations, effects, fighting sequences and cast were all immaculate and wonderfully placed, however as most comic related films, the focus was very sporadic at times when it needed to be better paced and sluggish when the time was right to speed things up. Executions such as this can alienate a larger crowd of people than they actually gain.
At some point the producers of these comic turned movies need to find a very safe equilibrium that can appeal to both those hard core fans and the regular wave of viewers. Bringing familiarity to the table, but not being overbearing with it at the same time. A tough task, and one that “The Wolverine” had little to none of.
I feel as if the production team for “The Wolverine” failed majorly in a few ways, mainly with the attempt at using the element of surprise, specifically with the villains. I never spoil films for my readers, so I’ll just say that you don’t really find out much about a couple of them.
Ultimately, what that may mean is, viewers might not find them very threatening or evil, so it can be much harder to get them emotionally involved to the point of choosing sides or even “getting it to it” when it comes to the “showdowns”.
All in all, “The Wolverine” is a decent summer film, perfect for fans of the character and not so great if you want to see non stop action from start to finish like some people might assume to get from this film. If you are thinking about seeing it in 3D I would recommend that you save your money and go for the regular version, not much extra was going on that made the glasses worth while.