Friday, July 26, 2013

Kenneth Turan Reviews 'The Wolverine'

At the Los Angeles Times, "Review: A grumbling 'Wolverine' dilutes Hugh Jackman's powers."

Jackman has in fact played Wolverine six times on film since his debut as the character in 2000, with a seventh outing in the works, and this latest venture reminds us how fortunate we are to have a capable, committed actor who exudes masculinity in the title role.

Unfortunately, not even Jackman can completely rescue his character's latest outing. As directed by the usually reliable James Mangold, "The Wolverine" is an erratic affair, more lumbering than compelling, an ambitious film with its share of effective moments that stubbornly refuses to catch fire.
And it's still expected to take in $75 million this weekend alone, so take that Turan!