YMMV / The Wolverine

  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Silver Samurai. Most complaints are about his overhyped feature in the film yet his single fight scene did not last long in the climax. And he's the modern Powered Armor version, to boot.
  • Broken Base
    • Some fans were rolling their eyes at the prospect of yet another Wolverine film, while others were more optimistic due to its change in director.note 
    • The decision to bring back Wolverine's bone claws but still have an adamantium body has split fans in two. This isn't helped by the very next film once again giving him adamantium claws without so much as an explanation, creating a continuity error.
    • The noticeable lack of mutants in the film, in favor of Japanese samurai has a lot fans divided.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Yukio is basically Logan's sidekick and she has acquired some remarkable popularity amongst the fanbase and movie audiences.
  • Fetish Retardant: Viper attempts to be a Ms. Fanservice, but fails. This was due to a bad wardrobe choice, among other things.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Yukio's vision of Logan holding his own heart is meant to foreshadow him ripping out the nanomachines draining his Adamantium later in the film, but also his death in Logan. Although unplanned when The Wolverine was filmed, James Mangold, who directed both films, confirmed that this was a deliberate Call-Back.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The villains go to great lengths for their cause:
    • Shingen puts a hit on his own daughter because his father named Mariko as the sole heir of the zaibatsu. The gang of Yakuzas in his employ are associated with Noburo, the corrupt Minister of Justice and Mariko's (arranged) fiance.
    • Ichiro Yashida fakes his own death to keep himself behind the scenes. He put the zaibatsu in near bankruptcy due to his obsession with Logan's mutant powers. He then uses the armor to steal Logan's healing factor. Harada had been the faithful servant who guarded Mariko, who ended up getting killed by Yashida's madness.
  • Narm:
    • The freaking bear.
    • Logan jumping over the guy on the bullet train, whilst screaming. Try not to laugh.
    • During the climax, Viper chases after Wolverine and Mariko, and hisses as she does so. Both her run and the hiss look and sound ridiculous.
  • The Scrappy: Viper, with any semblance of being a Magnificent Bitch taken by Yashida himself, leaving her an enormously bitchy Smug Snake with Fetish Retardant. Didn't help her case when Viper's characterization here gives her snake powers.note  As a final punch to the gut, she has absolutely nothing to do with her comic book counterpart.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • It's quite obvious that the train action scene is filmed in front of a green screen.
    • The Silver Samurai suit doesn't look as convincing as it should be, considering how well-rendered armored battle suits in movies like Iron Man are nowadays.
    • While the digital bear at the beginning of the film is somewhat hokey, the practical-effects created bear that appears shortly afterward just screams animatronic.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Logan gets this twice over:
    • Logan's unresolved feelings for Jean play a major role in his development, which becomes odd when Fridge Logic factors in and viewers realize they never really spent much time together.
    • Logan constantly dreams about Jean Grey and wishes to be with her again yet he shares a few intimate moments with Mariko, who already engaged to another man at the time and only knew him for a few days. The film noir setting could justify this relationship as a form of comfort for Logan.
  • Signature Scene:
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Reviews made it one to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While The Wolverine certainly isn't universally loved, most everyone considers it leagues ahead of its predecessor. It can also be considered one to X-Men: The Last Stand, since The Wolverine takes place after Logan was forced to kill Jean Grey.
  • Tear Jerker: The scene where Logan kills the bear. The bear literally asks him to put it out of its misery. Imagine Logan reliving the moment when he was forced to kill Jean.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • The decision to have the Silver Samurai be the old Big Bad guy, when they had TWO characters who could have made for a really Badass Powered Armor warrior for Wolverine to face and have a real adamantium fight with (those two being Harada and Shingen).
    • The design itself means the climax devolved into a generic superhero CGI fight, that really didn't match the film noir tone the film had. Most people would've preferred Wolverine fight a human-sized Silver Samurai.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Viewers that heard about the film's setting and initial premise were intrigued by the idea of Logan going to Japan and being trained to be a Samurai (similar to Batman Begins and Wolverine's backstory in the comics). This never happens, and the film is mostly just Logan doing what he usually does but in Japan. Logan does end up fighting Shingen who is in Samurai armor, though he just uses his claws. He later fights the Silver Samurai with a sword, though he never uses the sword that Yashida gave to him.
  • Win Back the Crowd: The film (mostly) discarded the previous Wolverine film and basically started from spin-off scratch, adapting one of the most famous comic arcs for the character and going for a smaller and more personal scale for the character. The result was far more well-received than X-Men Origins: Wolverine, enough for Fox to kick the tires on a follow-up with Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold returning.
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