THE WOLVERINE: First Footage Screened

THE WOLVERINE: First Footage Screened

In April, several online journalists and bloggers were invited to a screening of 20 minutes of footage of James Mangold's The Wolverine, and the reaction is largely positive. Also included is a lengthy interview with the director.

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By DeadManDann - 6/26/2013

Yesterday, several bloggers revealed details regarding their meeting with James Mangold at the edit bay for The Wolverine. Some footage was screened, including a good portion of the film's first act and the bullet train sequence. The description of the footage can be found HERE, although there are mild spoilers (nothing that can't be gathered from either the trailers or the source material). Since so much has been written on various websites, I've chosen some quotes to give a decent idea of the general consensus.

Via Jim Vejvoda (IGN):
Overall, The Wolverine had a more subdued tone than any of Logan's past screen exploits. Jackman is damn near silent throughout the entire first half of Act One, and the austere, grim vibe of the piece is reminiscent of the solemnity of the 1980s Chris Claremont/Frank Miller comic book storyline upon which the film is based. Even though we've only seen a small potion of the final film, that alone was already leagues better than either X-Men Origins: Wolverine or X-Men: The Last Stand.


Via Steve Weintraub (Collider):
From what I saw, it looks like Mangold has nailed the character and the action, and Hugh Jackman looked like he was finally part of a Wolverine movie that will showcase the true character. Consider me sold.


Via Andrew Hegele (JoBlo):
With that in mind, after viewing the first fifteen minutes of THE WOLVERINE as well as the train action set piece you’ll recognize from the trailers, I feel pretty comfortable saying this movie is shaping up to be the most promising installment to the universe since X-MEN 2.


Hegele also had good things to say about the film's bullet train sequence, much of which seems to take place inside the train car rather than just on top:

The train scene was the highlight of the day. Logan has to face a number of Yakuza inside a Japanese train car and by this time he’s already gained back his mortality. Wow, this Wolverine doesn’t give two shits about killing. Remember that moment of hesitation he had before unleashing his claws on the SWAT guys in X2? Not here, not when his life is actually on the line. It’s full on berserker from the get go. This was the most realistically choreographed fight I’ve seen in the series and the beginning reminded me of the trailer park fight between The Bride & Elle in KILL BILL VOL 2, remember when Elle couldn’t get her sword out because it was too cramped inside? Yeah, they play with the claustrophobic space of the train car well here too. I was surprised at how great the set piece looked when the action got on top of the train car; it looks much better than it did in the first few trailers. It’s also really engaging because the choreography of the fight demands Logan use some thought in how he’ll attack; it’s not just slash, slash, slash. At 300 MPH it becomes a game of chess with some of the goons. There is a great gag I won’t give away here, but rest assured the film delivers some excellent and fitting humor that never breaks the tension. Yeah, this is a terrific action scene.


An interview with Mangold was also conducted, and there's a ton of great and interesting material. Click HERE to read.
Source: JoBlo
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BennyFromTheBronx - 6/26/2013, 7:58 AM
Sounds great
DeadManDann - 6/26/2013, 8:04 AM
@Linkavitch

Took the words right outta my mouth.
Brainiac13 - 6/26/2013, 8:04 AM
I'm Happy!!
WhiteBolt - 6/26/2013, 8:05 AM
Could this be the CBM of the year? IM3 and MOS both have left many fans disappointed and divided.
Brainiac13 - 6/26/2013, 8:05 AM
No one wants a shit CBM.....end of the day its going to be on our shelves!

So I'm pleased!
Brainiac13 - 6/26/2013, 8:06 AM
@TheHeat

I'm was happy with MOS not IM3!
Visualiza - 6/26/2013, 8:12 AM
*sigh*

All of these films have a 'largely positive reaction' from the outset these days. Hard to give any credence to it anymore.

The trailers don't impress, but I'm still holding out hope.
ATrueHero1987 - 6/26/2013, 8:16 AM
@Visualiza makes a good point
TayDee - 6/26/2013, 8:16 AM
The lesser hyped movies will be better. The Wolverine & Thor II will be better than IM3 & MOS
Visualiza - 6/26/2013, 8:25 AM
^ If I had a nickel for many "will be's & won't be's" that ended up being completely wrong...
whoa123 - 6/26/2013, 8:30 AM
F*ck yea! I honestly love the FoX-Men (well except for last stand and origins).
TayDee - 6/26/2013, 8:32 AM
You'd only have a nickel
DeadManDann - 6/26/2013, 8:33 AM
Gotta say, I'm really glad that the description of the action is so positive. It seems to be making up for a lot of the problems of the other films-- lack of technique to Wolverine's fighting, too wire-y and "floaty," not enough berserker rage...
marvel72 - 6/26/2013, 8:33 AM
iron man 3 was good man of steel was very good,but i think the wolverine & thor the dark world both have potential of becoming comic book movie of the year.

i want the wolverine to be good at least,so it can sit next to my blu-ray copy of x-men 2.
arsonjack - 6/26/2013, 8:38 AM
I'm excited, and now stoked. Knew this movie was gonna be epic.
Visualiza - 6/26/2013, 8:42 AM
@Tay, I wouldn't be so sure, especially considering the fallout from IM3 and MoS both. Both films were expected to stay in the 90s at RT, break 1B at the box office, shatter all expectations, be the best ever, redefine the genre, etc. ad infinitum.

About the only thing anyone got right was Iron Man's BO take. That's.It.

All I'm saying is that people need to learn how to temper their expectations. Seriously, anyone past the age of 10 should know not to trust a slick trailer or marketing hype as any sort of guarantee, but time and time again we have people declaring that 'this movie will be this or that'
TayDee - 6/26/2013, 8:53 AM
I don't act on expectations, especially others. I wrote my opinion, nothing more.
TypicalParkerLuck - 6/26/2013, 8:53 AM
Saw the movie at a Fox Studios screening, it's definitely Wolverine.
Visualiza - 6/26/2013, 8:54 AM
^Fair enough.
TheBaroness89 - 6/26/2013, 9:03 AM
I do hope its good. I can't sit thru anything reminiscent of Origins:Wolverine.
TwiztidThorn - 6/26/2013, 9:05 AM
I could be dead wrong, but I've had a good feeling about this movie. Can't wait to see it.
jerryblake - 6/26/2013, 9:18 AM
"most realistically choreographed fight" that is all i needed to hear.

Train fight gonna rule.
But there's also funeral fight ... and fight on the streets.
Ninja fight, and Silver Samurai final battle.

Some fine martial art down right there ...
EdgyOutsider - 6/26/2013, 9:27 AM
I've been saying from day one this was going to be the X-Men First Class of 2013 and from the sounds of this, I've been completely right.
jerryblake - 6/26/2013, 9:31 AM
anyway if this movie gonna suck, i'm gonna play seppuku with myself.

I have no faith in Thor 2 (the teaser was rather bland), maybe the second trailer will change my mind.

There's also Kick Ass 2 down the road, but as the sequels go ... I think you all know what I'm talking about.
kevberg - 6/26/2013, 9:37 AM
Yes!

I too am cautiously optimistic!
Jackraow21 - 6/26/2013, 10:08 AM
Sounds promising! Pleasebegood...pleasebegood...pleasebegood...
jerryblake - 6/26/2013, 11:14 AM
@Spideyman

let's hope they learned from the mistakes they made in the past.
jerryblake - 6/26/2013, 11:34 AM
let's just hope Bishop isn't just there for 2 minutes cameo ...
I'm in the middle of watching all the X-Men movie to prepare myself for this epic movie, I actually like X-Men last stand and most of origins wolverine
TheBeard - 6/26/2013, 11:38 AM
please be rated R
BatsFan - 6/26/2013, 11:44 AM
^ Yes, it's not yet rated, yonder why?
BatsFan - 6/26/2013, 11:49 AM
*wonder
jcfrommars9 - 6/26/2013, 11:51 AM
Excellent news. I'll do a matinee viewing and hope it pans out.
JettJagguarrr - 6/26/2013, 11:52 AM
I like to Judge movies for myself....I'm going to see it.
Fogs - 6/26/2013, 11:58 AM
Shit man... I don't want to get hyped for this one. These early impressions are amazing!
Newbus - 6/26/2013, 12:20 PM
The first three reviews sound like Singerites so I'll ignore them. The last comment regarding the fight scenes sounds more promising.
Nubase - 6/26/2013, 12:27 PM
IM3 did well at the BO cos it was riding off the avengers train, if IM3 was the first movie of the trilogy it would have failed big time.

MOS is a origins reboot movie with many peeps still holding onto the donners movies in thier minds, but for the first movie it did its job and delivered what superman fans wanted ever since they read a superman comic, a all action superman which will set up the DC universe.

Wolverine ever since from the first x men movie has been tamed big time, he was never unleashed in berserk mode and finally after all this time we may finally see the true wolverine.

Hugh said that wolverine will finally be revealed and mangold has promised that too and from what the reviewers have seen, it looks that way.

l don't care how much this movie make, Box office numbers donlt mean anything to me really, all l want is the true wolverine to come out.
DanteSparda - 6/26/2013, 12:34 PM
Hope this movie is amazing, I mean I am excited for all the CBMs of this year but Wolverine is my favorite comicbook character and I want it to be the best there is.

Only one month away...
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