It could have been worse. Exhibit A: the crapfest that was 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But Hugh Jackman, in his sixth time up as Wolverine, still has the juice. This pissed-off man of Adamantium claws is stalking new ground (Japan), and his fight with yakuza on top of Tokyo's speeding bullet train is a wowser. It helps that Wolfie loses his powers and shows a human side, that he makes like James Bond in You Only Live Twice, and that he makes out with the lovely Mariko (Tao Okamoto). Sticking to Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's Marvel Comics blueprint, director James Mangold (Walk the Line) shows style and snap. Then, in the final third, he lets the movie sink in CGI shit. Wolfie deserves better. So do we.
From The Archives Issue 1189: August 15, 2013