Posts Tagged ‘Wolverine

12
May
09

X-men Origins: Wolverine

x_men_origins_wolverineJust when I thought that I would never see Huge “Jacked” Jackman with feathered hair and a mustache-less beard again, X-men Origins: Wolverine came to the rescue. This origin story brings Wolverine to the screen for the fourth time; revealing the past of our favorite three-clawed hero. Wolverine, aka Logan, witnesses the death of his father at a young age. In rage, he shoots bones claws from his knuckles and avenges his father. But wait I thought Wolverine had metal claws? Patience my friends, lets go to chapter two and see what happens next! Wolverine and his childhood friend Victor Creed, later to be known as Sabertooth, escape only to fight in pretty much every American war. They are mutants, of course they live forever. Wolverine and Sabertooth eventually join the “Weapon X” program which is dedicated to creating the perfect mutant killer. This group is not what you would consider morally sound, so Wolverine leaves to take on the life of a lumberjack. His old buddy Sabertooth is not very exciting about this, and decides to kill Wolverine’s girlfriend. Cue cheesy shot of Wolverine holding his dead girlfriend as he screams into the air. Blood thirsty for revenge, Wolverine allows the Weapon X program to pump his body full of space metal. Ahhh now I see, THAT’S how he gets the metal claws. The Wolverine we grew to love as kids is now born, and really pissed off at the world.

It’s tough to write a synopsis on an origin story! So many details with so little wordpress space. As you can imagine a character like Wolverine has a long complicated history. This fact alone makes this movie a difficult creation. On one end you want to make a good movie that everyone will want to go see. On the other you have to please all the comic book fans by recreating the story as accurately as possible. I could sit here all day and argue over the movies authenticity in relation to the actual origin story, but let’s leave that to the fan boys’ wordpress pages. Just analyzing the movie for what it was, X-men Origins: Wolverine fell short in many ways.

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My main complaint was that the movie cut corners and forced the story. The Wolverine origin story already has enough meat, there is no need to add potatoes. There were a lot of aspects that made the movie feel rushed. For instance I felt like characters were added to create a forced ending. I realize that the studio was probably just trying to please fans by adding characters like Gambit and Cyclops, but they were not needed. Gambit was in the movie for what seemed like two seconds, and had a very minor role. He was obviously only placed in the movie to make fan boys happy.

Another thing that seemed to make the movie feel rushed and cheaply made was the bad CG. There was a point in the movie where Wolverine is looking at his new metal claws in the mirror. For some reason the claws looked like a bad cartoon from Who Framed Rodger Rabbit. I understand that you can not really show claws shooting out of Huge Jackman’s hands, but the original X-Men movies the claws looked a lot more realistic. That is what makes Wolverine, Wolveriney! We couldn’t throw a little more money toward the design?

Aside from the bad CG and the unnecessary character placement X-men Origins was a decent movie. It had good acting, thank you Huge Jackman, was well filmed, and provided enough action to hide its weak plot behind. The title also suggests that there might be more origin stories to come, which I welcome with open arms. If you go see it in theaters make sure you wait until after the credits. X-men movies always like to give you a little treat for sticking around and reading who the “Best Boy Grip” was.