It's hard to know where to start without giving anything away. I mean, I don't want to ruin the movie or anything.
If you go to see this movie, make sure to get there early. If you don't, you may have to send your husband to the front row while you sit on the stairs so your head doesn't explode. You may have to go around asking 15 people if the empty seats next to them are saved (they are), or have the guy in the handicapped seats next to the stair where you're sitting go ask someone else to save his spot so you won't take it while he runs out to see if his friend is there yet (jerk, I would have given it back if you had asked me to hold it for you - happily even since the stair was supremely uncomfortable and it would have meant 2 minutes of comfort).
But the real reason why you want to get there early is that a lot of the so-called origin of Wolverine is shown during the opening credits. We got to the end of the credits and I was thinking, "so, what's left to tell? Now we know everything!" Not quite. Yeah, his true beginning is during the credits, but after that you get his story. You start to understand why he's hardened and bitter and on the wild side. You see the relationships that shape his character. And it's a perfect back-story to the 3 previous X-Men movies.
This movie is never slow, but it does slow down here and there. But those parts are important too. The movie is quite intense in action, but there's nothing more violent or gory than the X-Men movies.
If you liked those, and you like the character of Wolverine, go see this and you'll like him even more. If you didn't like him before, you might just after seeing this. It's a thrill ride, that's for sure.
I liked this movie a lot. Brent thinks it has some issues, but I think he's nitpicking. Seriously, if you knew what those issues were, then you'd be some kind of an expert that is completely unnecessary to the enjoyment of the movie. Just go see it and let yourself enjoy the ride.
It's rated PG-13 for violence - about on par with the other movies. I give it 3 1/2 out of 4 stars. I think I need a different rating system.