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Vulcan Stev Family Movie Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

x_men_origins_wolverine_ver3Starring:
Hugh Jackman …  Logan / Wolverine
Liev Schreiber …  Victor Creed
Danny Huston …  William Stryker
Will i Am …  John Wraith
Lynn Collins …  Kayla Silverfox
Kevin Durand …  Fred Dukes
Dominic Monaghan …  Bradley
Taylor Kitsch …  Remy LeBeau / Gambit
Daniel Henney …  David North / Agent Zero
Ryan Reynolds …  Wade Wilson
Scott Adkins …  Weapon XI
Tim Pocock …  Scott Summers
Julia Blake …  Heather Hudson
Max Cullen …  Travis Hudson
Troye Sivan …  Young James Howlett

Synopsis by VS:
This is the origin story of Wolverine as interpreted by David Benioff and Skip Woods, the writers.  Many of the established facts from Marvel’s convuluted backstory of the character are incorporated into this movie.  As the story progresses the audience is treated to  revelations of Logan’s powers, training, and how he got his indestructible skeleton.

Reviewers: VS, PIT #1, PIT #2, PIT #3

VS – 1.5 pointed ears
I’m being a little more harsh than the kids.  Yes we are treated to Wolverine’s origin story.  The character’s backstory as revealed in the comics is convoluted at best and I’m not going to fault the writers for picking and choosing the elements they want to use.  I’ve seen complaints online about the use of Professor X and Cyclops in a Wolverine origin as neither of those characters seems to know anything about Wolverine in the first movie.  This is handled fairly well in my opinion as Wolverine does not directly interact with either character during the course of the film.

I’m not going to rail against the bending of the laws of physics this film inflicts as it is a COMIC BOOK adaptation.  I can view the movie for what it is.  My main problem with the film is that story focuses too much on style and not enough on substance.  This is an origin film I want to know WHY the character is who he is. 

The other reason I have for lowering my rating is the fact that this film is inconsistant with the previous three.  In the first movie, Wolverine’s claws are revealed to be mechanical (look at the X-Ray) and completely metallic (Magneto would not have been able to bend bone).   Yes, I know that Logan’s claws are bone and are part of his natural mutation in the comics but let’s try to stay consistant with what has been established for the film universe.  Sabertooth, if he is Wolverine’s brother does not seem to care to much about their meeting in the first movie.  You’d think that Sabertooth would’ve shown more interest in Wolverine in the previos movies if the relationship is as described in Origins.

PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
It was interesting to finally see Wolverine’s background.  Things that have hinted at in the other X-Men films are revealed in this movie.  I liked the fact that the memory loss is attributed to something other than a technological brainwash.  I also enjoyed the fact that Wolverine’s past was revealed to be part of the larger Marvel film universe and not an isolated character that just runs into these folks in the first movie.

PIT #2 – 2 pointed ears
It was very nice that the writers tied Wolverine’s backstory into the larger picture.  The helicopter destruction sequence was very  nice.  Nothing in this movie detracted from an enjoyable filmgoing experience.

PIT #3 – 1.8 pointed ears
This was a very good movie.  I didn’t like the fact that Logan lost his  memories.  Yes, I know that it’s part of the character.  Daddy has explained it to me so many times.  That doesn’t change the fact that I don’t like it.

Overall 7.3 out of 8 pointed ears.
Nice summer popcorn flick.  This can be watched without needing to see the first three X-Men movies.  This film has received far too much bashing from fans.  It isn’t as bad as the pundits make it out to be.

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May 30, 2009 - Posted by | Movie Reviews | , , , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. My criticism (and there is a spoiler warning here)

    Will SOMEBODY please tell me how in the world when someone loses their HEAD their eye-beam lasers can STILL be functioning all the way down a cooling tower????

    I was more or less ok (I had a few minor gripes elsewhere), but that one absolutely lost me.

    Comment by Hank Harwell | May 30, 2009

  2. @Hank – The explanation given is that Weapon XI, Deadpool has an accelerated version of Wolverine’s healing factor. Bad explanation to be sure but at least it explains it.

    Comment by Vulcan Stev | May 30, 2009

  3. I didn’t like Deadpool having cyclops eye blast myself. Which version of the end credits did you get (I hear that there are 2 – one for another Wolverine movie, and one for Deadpool; I got the Deadpool version).

    Comment by Ruminator | May 30, 2009

  4. My response? Bunk.

    I know you said it was a lousy explanation, but I still say lousy doesn’t go far enough in describing how I feel about it.

    I mean, the head was COMPLETELY SEPARATED from the body! C’mon!

    And I got the Wolverine ending.

    Comment by Hank Harwell | June 1, 2009

  5. @Ruminator – I’m not very familiar with the character of Deadpool myself but the character having lots of mutant abilities just seemed wrong. We got the Deadpool ending.

    @Hank – I didn’t say it was GOOD explanation. 😎

    Comment by Vulcan Stev | June 1, 2009


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