The film touches on some of these issues of immortality and angst but that’s just it — it never digs deeper to explore the emotional complexity of Wolverine. Just when one thinks the movie might take off in a more gratifying manner, we get just another Jackman growl or snarl.
Andy: This is the sixth time (counting his cameo in First Class) that Jackman has donned the adamantium claws to play Wolverine, and with another X-Men slated for next year, he will play this role at least seven times. It is hard to think of another actor who has performed the same character so many times, and it is difficult not to feel like Jackman is phoning it in a bit at this point. Part of what keeps The Wolverine from succeeding as a movie is that there does not seem to be enough depth to the title character. While some of that is the aforementioned screenplay, an actor of Jackman’s caliber should be able to elevate his signature character into some pretty interesting territory. Instead, he, and the movie in general, fall flat.
Ryan: I’m sure this isn’t the case but it’s almost like the filmmakers had this idea of how they wanted the movie to end (Wolverine battling a giant adamantium samurai) and then reverse- engineered the rest of the movie’s plot to arrive at the climax.
That sounds silly, and again I’m sure that is not what happened because I tend to believe that is now how movies are made, but the end of the film is so bad that I almost think there must be some validity to it. The end of the film contains so many ridiculous elements that it completely skewers whatever good will the rest of the film strived for.
While it strived to be better than its predecessor, The Wolverine crumbles in the end into a dissatisfying mess.
Final grade: D+.