This time around the story and script are most noticeable in their turn around for something more palatable. The dialogue and execution of the story will definitely appease adults and with a running time of 2 hours, the film’s dramatic arcs have been given their due time to be played out, showing a slightly more mature outlook as not every scene is delivered to forward the plot.
"The film still contains some hyper-reality based sequences, but these scenes are not over-played and the meta-physical action, actually make sense to the eye come the second time."
With no producer issuing orders that an explosion needs to happen every 10 minutes, as the 8-15 years olds might be getting restless, the action sequences, when they do come are a lot more rewarding in their delivery than in its predecessor Origins. The film still contains some hyper-reality based sequences, but these scenes are not over-played and the meta-physical action, actually make sense to the eye come the second time.
Hugh Jackman gives a more focussed performance as the tortured soul who can’t help, but to help those who need saving and I am always happy to see Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai, Rush Hour 3, 47 Ronin), a great actor and brilliant martial artist ply his trade on screen. Two of the three female leads also do a great job, Tao Okamoto (Mariko) gives a lovely understated performance and Rila Fukushima (Yukio) is the heart of the film, if this were Star Wars she’d be R2D2. Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper) was a bit hammy, but you won’t care as you’ll be so focussed on how she delivers her own brand of mutant action you'll be distracted away from the acting.
Overall The Wolverine is a carefully thought out improvement on all levels, superior in every way to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It is definitely a re-watchable affair and a worthy edition to the cult of Wolverine and I now feel that they can really get started on the character and go deeper - and of course, with all Marvel films be sure to watch the after credits sequence.