The Wolverine (2013) Directed by James Mangold 5.5/10 Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine in another stand alone film for the character and this time much less connected to the ongoing saga in the X-Men universe. This film, mostly set in Japan will be unlikely to get the anger that the previous Wolverine film received for taking liberties with the source material, though this one did take many liberties also. This time around the effects are much better and it has a more singular focus and is not such a cluster of ideas, however it may have ended up making a worst mistake than being bad and insulting like last time, this time it's forgettable. I do like the direction the X-Men universe films are going in like with the excellent First Class where it is moving away from the Blockbuster spectacle and more into story telling and characters. In this case they have gone even further in that direction but the problem is execution. It is all well and good to have a drama based superhero film with little action but when the drama's impact is only so-so and the action scenes are poorly put together, combined with uninventive set design and direction, you have a problem. The Japanese setting was ripe for some wonderous images but this was rarely taken advantage of. All in all, the film is not bad, it just isn'y anything special and totally skippable. It gets the tone right but doesn't add any excitement to the equation. The much talked about post credit sequence was a let down also and could only be exciting to those who live under a rock and were unaware that Days of Future Past is coming out next year.