A Filmster Quickie: The Wolverine


Release Date: July 26, 2013

Watched: July 27,2013

Review: July 30, 2013

Director: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamato, Rila Fukushima

The Filmster Rating:

Grand Rating

Synopsis: In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before. – IMDb

Review: The Wolverine is a breathe of fresh air from all the high action comic book films out there. What sets The Wolverine apart from most comic book films and especially to those by Marvel, is the feel and tone of the film, which felt real and grounded. For the most part it didn’t feel like a superhero film, it felt more “Bond-esque” or “Bourne-ish”. The lack of a bunch of mutants in this film kept it to a true Wolverine film. The action and fighting choreography were outstanding, and the highlight of the film was the high-speed train fight. Hugh Jackman has never looked better and has never played Wolverine better, than what he did in this film. The setbacks in this film were the lackluster supporting characters and the last act of the film. The giant samurai robot clashed with the grounded tone of the film. Probably, taken from the comics but it would have been better if they have went another route in the last act. The Wolverine is surprisingly one of the best comic films of the year and it should satisfy the fans of the popular character.

Blogger’s Thoughts

“The Wolverine” may have been lost in the shadows of bigger 2013 comic book movies such as “Iron Man 3″ and “Man of Steel” but it deserves its place at the table. Jackman hasn’t lost a step and his charisma and physicality ooze from every scene. And unlike the earlier “Iron Man 3″, this felt more like a Marvel superhero experience” – Keith & The Movies

“It may not be quite as effective on an emotional level as it’s trying to be, but an abundance of well-choreographed action and an enticing vision of what lies ahead for the franchise make The Wolverine a fine remedy for the wrongs of its predecessor.” – Rorschach Reviews

“The Wolverine does some great service to ol’ Logan and finally gives him a starring role in a film that will overall be enjoyed by many.” – Film Phage

“So much promise… but ultimately a letdown. I expected a great deal of emotional gravitas from the story, but I didn’t connect with Wolverine’s Japanese journey as much as I had hoped.” – FlixChatter Review

“May not change the game of the superhero flick, or even expand on it either, but The Wolverine definitely does one thing right: Entertain the hell out of you, even when you least expect it to. Take that, Zack Snyder!” – Dan The Man’s Movie Review

“Not 100% the movie that Wolverine fans will have their hearts set on, but definitely pretty good.” – Fogs’ Movie Review

“I’m not trying to be tough on this film, but I am calling it as I saw it. You know I always do. The Wolverine was not bad, but it could have been better.” – The Focused Filmographer


Thanks for Reading.



13 responses to “A Filmster Quickie: The Wolverine

  1. Thanks Issy for including my review even though we disagree :D I appreciate that there aren’t too many mutants, but unfortunately it’s also lacking emotional gravitas for me as well.

  2. I’m shocked you liked this movie (I haven’t seen it). I see though it didn’t do as well in its first weekend as the last one which I did not particularly like. That last robot you mentioned is supposed to be the Silver Samurai, right?

  3. Nice review Issy. It was a good movie, and a lot better of a superhero one than Man of Steel. As unpopular of an opinion as that may be.

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