What happens when you take 2 charismatic personalities (I wouldn't call them "actors") and unleash them against each other with absent direction and without the script, hoping that they'll "do their magic" (they don't)? You get "Fist Fight" - one of the worst mainstream comedies of last few years. A total waste of time and "talent".
I've let it sink in and the feeling is good - using western as a template and Marvel's most popular screen superhero as a cover, James Mangold and Hugh Jackman have crafted one of the most memorable, brutal and emotionally downing screen experiences (it is not a superhero movie, not at all) and perfect character send-off for Jackman.
No winks, no stingers, no post-credit scenes - sometimes things have to end (and end violently), and the ending is good!
A perfectly executed lesson in world-building, stunt-staging, editing and non-stop suspense from the (mad) mastermind George Miller also serves as a huge middle-finger to modern-day action "products" - it's fast, brutal, violent and, at times, utterly mad.
We needed a film like this, and we got it - I'm not sure yet if I need a sequel, I just want to see this one again (and again) to soak in all the details!