Hugh Jackman returns as The Wolverine. He is alone and living in the woods when a woman unknown to him, seeks him out. The Wolverine is now on a journey that brings to him Japan where his past confronts him.
This is the second, stand-alone, Wolverine film. The first film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was promising, yet it turned out to be a disappointment. I am afraid I have to say the same thing about the The Wolverine. I had high hopes for this next installment in the X-Men series, especially because it was directed by James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line). The Wolverine was a very forgettable film that made me question what the future may bring to the X-Men series.
Hugh Jackman gave a great performance but his supporting cast was unbearable at times to watch. Most of the cast consisted of Japanese actors that I’ve never heard or seen and none of them impressed me with their performances. Svetlana Khodchenkova was cast as the villain, Viper. She was probably one of the most useless villains in any super hero film. Svetlana’s performance was laughable and I feel bad Hugh Jackman had to work with her.
What made The Wolverine so forgettable were the action sequences. There are only so many times you can see the Wolverine fight people where it feels much of the same. The only action sequence I enjoyed was the fight on top of a bullet train. I wish they could have given us more unique fights like that. His character seems to work better when he collaborates with other mutants. Hopefully this is the last time he gets his own film.
The Wolverine was given a good amount of positive reviews which raised my expectations a little bit. Unfortunately, this is one movie can wait to be seen. I know most superhero fans will flock to the theater but if you are a casual fan, don’t bother. There is a scene during the credits so be sure to stick around for that. That post-credit scene was my favorite part of the movie and I know everyone will enjoy that.