Going in, Hugh Jackman had already made it clear this would be his final ride as the iconic mutant, Wolverine. Spanning seventeen years and 10 appearances, Jackman has seen each of the highs and all of the lows (X-Men Origins anybody?). As such, Jackman sought a proper, emotional send-off to the role that made him a star. [Read more…]
By Michael Conway
“Cowards die many times before their deaths,/The valiant never taste of death but once.” –Julius Caesar, Julius Caesar, 2.2.32-33
“Why’s” dominate The Wolverine, 20th Century Fox’s latest attempt to use Hugh Jackman as the ever popular X-Man to fund the company’s timeshare in Cabo. Why is this movie being made? See Cabo. Why was another solo movie about Wolverine produced? Oh, the first one sucked and see Cabo. Why is this movie set in Japan, heavily cast with Japanese actors, and intent on forcing me to read subtitles for 10 percent of the movie? Why to counteract a lukewarm reception at the American box office with robust international attendance, of which Japan plays an enormous role. And Cabo.
The international contingency plan was wise because Wolverine did underperform at the domestic box office, but still managed to recoup its investment via global ticket sales. To be kind, the movie is incredibly linear. Its story is not just uncomplicated but uninspired, as if the writers were about as enthused about this project as the superhero movie consuming public, who turned out in droves for Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel but mostly forgot Wolverine even existed. The plot twists are merely gentle banks along a well-lit highway, and its attempt to match Skyfall with a riveting fight scene atop a train falls very short. It’s not atrocious in the same sense that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was, but maybe only by comparison. I did not leave the theater regretting paying for a ticket, but I did wonder why anyone thought to bother with another iteration of Hugh Jackman wielding the famous claws. [Read more…]