|05.24.14||Netflix|| Umm... kind of... well I wouldn't call it boring, but there was definitely something missing. I guess I liked it better than the last Wolverine movie... OK Here's the thing. Wolverine's an awesome character. He has one of the movie kickass mutant powers and his character and personality are surprisingly well thought out explorations of that power. So much so that he can carry more than most comic book heroes. Add to that the fact that I like Hugh Jackman (he's a good actor and he comes off as a really nice guy) and you get a certain level of... I hestitate to call it expectation because I didn't expect this movie to be great... let's call it potential. I get a certain level of potential with Wolverine that I don't get with any other comic character. Most Marvel characters come with differing levels of goofiness built into them, most DC characters are either too simple or too incomprehensible... so it's really just Batman and Wolverine with the potential to deliver a truly great film that transcends comic book action to deliver on all cylinders. Now... we have The Dark Knight. Where's Logan's Dark Knight?|
I think that's why people were so excited when Darren Aronofsky was attached to this. But this movie's problems can't be 100% attributed to James Mangold. The whole attitude of this movie felt kind of like they wanted feet in both Nolan and Bryan Singer worlds where the setting is unique and realistic but the action is exaggerated and comic. I think that without the Viper and Silver Samurai this movie would've been a ton better.
So it's disappointing. Another lost opportunity, another failure to realize the potential of Wolverine.
Incidentatlly I watched this on the weekend that Days of Future Past was released. Early reviews have been very positive.