So, the Hugh Jackman-starring The Wolverine comes out in less than a month, which means we’re about to be inundated with material about the film if they hope for the film to be a blockbuster. Funnily enough, at this point it’s fair to say the movie will make at least $100 Million domestic, but also, that number is in no way enough to guarantee the film is a success.
The first clip from the film focuses on one of the action set pieces that has been in the trailers, which is a bunch of Yakuza (Japanese ganngsters) trying to fight with Wolverine/Logan first inside then outside a bullet train. Wolverine has the advantage by being Wolverine. The film is directed by James Mangold, who’s probably best known for handling Oscar bait, though he dabbled with action in the remake of 3:10 to Yuma and Knight and Day. Here’s that clip:
Perhaps it’s the aftertaste of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine film, which was terrible in a lot of different ways, but there’s little about this movie that looks good or something to get excited over. It feels like we’ve seen this before, and Mangold doesn’t seem to have much vision as an action director. With the obvious CG location-work, there’s nothing that thrilling about what’s going on, especially when Wolverine is an invulnerable killing machine. We’re hoping the movie isn’t a crushing bore when it’s released July 26, but our expectations are very, very low for this one.
Are you pumped for the return of Wolverine?