First Reactions To THE WOLVERINE Hit

First Reactions To THE WOLVERINE Hit

James Mangold's The Wolverine had its premiere in London tonight, and we've gathered together a few brief first Twitter reactions from bloggers, critics and members of the public, as well as one full review. Click on for more..

These type of first reactions are often initially pretty positive, so we won't have a proper gauge of the overall consensus until the first batch of full reviews hit..but, it at least sounds like The Wolverine was received pretty well.

Also, Twitch have posted a full review of the movie. Overall they seem to have liked it, but feel it falls "just short" of its aims and the last act is a tad disappointing after a very strong buildup. They do, however, praise Hugh Jackman's performance as his best yet as Logan, and say the supporting cast (with the exception of Svetlana Khodchenkova as Viper) do well with what they have to work with. Here are some excerpts:

"Aiming for a pulpy Japan noir feel, Mangold's film features a number of strong episodic elements and admirable restraint as it seeks to focus on the Wolverine's inner crisis. Like any war veteran, he suffers from fitful sleep and terrible nightmares. In addition, a vision of Jean Grey, his deceased lover, haunts him. His immortality is a burden and he knows that anything he loves will die. Early in the film he is poisoned and becomes mortal, albeit still extremely strong. While this lends some much-needed urgency to his fights, it also accelerates his personal journey...

As an action film, The Wolverine is far less ambitious and relatively tame when set alongside this summer's bombastic fare. Nevertheless, one scene in particular, set on a bullet train, is easily among the most thrilling moments we've had on screen in 2013. The film's mid-section largely dispenses with action as we retreat to the countryside, fill out the backstories, witness a burgeoning romance and wade through the Wolverine's emotional baggage. The budget then shows its muscle again in the big climax but after a promising start, it devolves into a pastiche of action scenes from the last few years, replete with yet another big screen robot. By playing it safe, the film ends on a whimper, it feels anticlimactic and worse, just a tad lazy...

As a Japan-set, character-based and episodic narrative, The Wolverine is almost a success. However, it plays a little fast and loose with some Japanese genre codes (such as a cadre of monks suddenly turning into tattooed, bare-chested, gun-toting yakuzas) and suffers from not being shot in Japan (plans were scraped following 2011's tsunami). Jackman is on form, Mangold lends his solid if uninspired directing style and there's a great Kurosawa reference, but the film lacks the punch it needs. By aiming a little too high and not quite meeting its promise, The Wolverine is a slight disappointment."

For the full review click on the link below.

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Filed Under "The Wolverine" 7/16/2013 Source: Twitch
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ndwwrestler2 - 7/16/2013, 2:27 PM
We shall wait and see...
ndwwrestler2 - 7/16/2013, 2:27 PM
Cautiously optimistic.
Abary - 7/16/2013, 2:30 PM
Good news.
Abary - 7/16/2013, 2:30 PM
No more flame wars MARVELPSYCHO!!!
LEVITIKUZ - 7/16/2013, 2:31 PM
JGAR - 7/16/2013, 2:31 PM
Jollem - 7/16/2013, 2:32 PM
good feels about this
Niklander - 7/16/2013, 2:32 PM
So that should ease the doubts!?
ndwwrestler2 - 7/16/2013, 2:33 PM
"I actually liked The Wolverine more than Man Of Steel".

People are going to take that as a knock on Man of Steel. To me, that's just high praise for the Wolverine.
Mike89 - 7/16/2013, 2:33 PM
"I actually liked The Wolverine more than Man Of Steel".

Im done defending MOS. Arguing with MOS haters is like arguing with 6 year old kids. Not matter how wrong theyre proven, they always retort to childish insults.
Mike89 - 7/16/2013, 2:34 PM
That being said I hope the Wolverine is as good as these tweets say.
MarvelWeiner - 7/16/2013, 2:34 PM
Mos was an okay movie, could be
ndwwrestler2 - 7/16/2013, 2:35 PM
"Would you be astonished if I told you The Wolverine was actually pretty good?".

To me that is the best review. That just makes me chuckle.
0bstreperous - 7/16/2013, 2:41 PM
don't let this summer be the summer of superhero duds!
EdgyOutsider - 7/16/2013, 2:47 PM
First Class of 2013! I knew Mangold was going to bring the goods. Called it since day one. Kiss my ass mother [frick]ers
Tempo - 7/16/2013, 2:47 PM
Man Of Steel is another level,we talk about an high-end CBM,with a lot of oscar winners,an oscar soundtrack composer,the father of all the Superheroes,with also Christian religious thematic and morality thematic;Wolvy can be aspire only to be a correct CBM,but no more.
LEVITIKUZ - 7/16/2013, 2:49 PM
First Class sucked.
Odin - 7/16/2013, 2:49 PM
"The Wolverine is essentially a James Bond film with The Wolverine instead of The James Bond."
That is kind of the impression that I've gotten from the trailers.
SageMode - 7/16/2013, 2:51 PM
Yeah, I remember the first reaction of high praises for MOS too. [frick] THE WOLVERINE.
MightyZeus - 7/16/2013, 2:52 PM
Wolverine is going to be the best cbm of the year!!!
KurtCrawler - 7/16/2013, 2:53 PM
I bet this is the second best X-Men movie to date. I will have trouble believing it is better than MOS though.
EdgyOutsider - 7/16/2013, 2:55 PM
@Levi: First Class is one of the greatest CBM's of all time. Then again, you praised Snyder in the past but hey, we're all stupid at some poibt in our lives. Your stupid point just happens to be in the present.
MrReese - 7/16/2013, 2:55 PM
Here's hoping it is great.If it shits on MoS I have no problem admitting it.
jessepostal - 7/16/2013, 2:56 PM
Man of steel was still a two hour trailer :) and micheal Shannon was bad. No expectations for Wolvie so hopefully it's enjoyable.
MarkV - 7/16/2013, 2:56 PM
airbeyonder18 - 7/16/2013, 2:56 PM
I will see it no matter what ANYONE says!!!!!
TheWolverine08 - 7/16/2013, 2:57 PM
Ocelot - 7/16/2013, 2:59 PM
"First Class sucked" it's the best X-MEN film to date and one the best CBM's. Dont give a [frick] if Vaughn took a dump on the source material, the end product was a very good film.

"Tell Cyclops... I made him a convertible"
LEVITIKUZ - 7/16/2013, 2:59 PM
First Class was a rip off of James Bond. It wasn't X-Men is was Bond but with Magneto and X.

First Class is the most boring superhero movie ever.
jessepostal - 7/16/2013, 3:00 PM
I go see every cbm no matter what people say. If your a comic fan you should do the same.
TheAbomination - 7/16/2013, 3:02 PM
I'll give it a chance.
ThisIsHeavy - 7/16/2013, 3:02 PM
I was there at the premiere. I was literally surrounded by horny Women.
0bstreperous - 7/16/2013, 3:02 PM
hold up
im inclined to believe it when someone says "goes downhill" thats not something you say flippantly
Abary - 7/16/2013, 3:02 PM
"Would you be astonished if I told you The Wolverine was actually pretty good?"

Ror, your cheating! You make it sound like a good comment even though he responds with "Well, you'd be right, because it's absolutely dreadful."
ATrueHero1987 - 7/16/2013, 3:02 PM
thewonderer - 7/16/2013, 3:03 PM
Actually, First Class is one of the most unique superhero films ever.

A character driven CBM focusing on the contrasting ideologies of two friends turned enemies?

Great idea that only someone with balls would do.

Fassbender and McAvoy play it brilliantly.
TheWolverine08 - 7/16/2013, 3:04 PM
The Wolverine is the dark horse of this year's CBMs. I hope it manages to surprisingly blow everyone away.
Ramiel - 7/16/2013, 3:05 PM
I enjoyed First Class more than I did both Hellboys. First one was good. Second one put me to sleep twice in the both times I saw it.
SuperSpiderMan5778 - 7/16/2013, 3:05 PM
i'm not gonna buy into any of these garbage reviews. although most are positive, i think that outcome is easily swayed when not paying for a movie. also the first reviews for Iron Man 3 were all positive tweets. one tweet said it was better than the avengers. so again i will have to wait and see it. the only review that matters to me is mine.
marvel72 - 7/16/2013, 3:07 PM
still think thor the dark world will be comic book movie of 2013 but you never know it could be the wolverine.

-iron man 3 good
-man of steel good (slightly better than iron man 3)
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