The Wolverine

The Wolverine ★★★★

After the awfulness that was the original X-Men trilogy, James Mangold’s The Wolverine feels like a much needed breath of fresh air. If not for Logan (also directed by Mangold), this would be by and far Hugh Jackman’s best performance in playing the titular role. The film also thrives thanks to great writing for its titular character, strong filmmaking, and solid action sequences (the train set-piece in particular is superb). While the third act is somewhat lackluster (one can only assume that it was studio-mandated and not necessarily Mangold’s fault), the first two acts are strong enough to the point where I can say that The Wolverine is still very much worthwhile.

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