Sunday, May 3, 2009

FILM REVIEWS: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

This is one of my most anticipated movies of the year. I've been the biggest fan of the X-Men franchise sine I was a kid (still am though). I watched the TV series but never read the comics, I still count as a fan right? I have a french X-Men comic I got in France but I can't understand it. Ok. I still consider myself as a fan, if you disagree, get over yourself. I actually wanted to become a mutant when I was a kid. I was waiting for my powers to come one day. At the same time I was waiting in the letterbox for the letter inviting me to go to Hogwarts. Don't judge.

My God I ramble on, don't I?

So I came into the theatre expecting something spectacular. The last installment was a bit of a letdown so I was hoping this would revive the franchise. I was getting all jittery in my seat waiting for the trailers to come to an end.
The opening scene and opening credits are very promising. Showing the two brothers Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Victor (Liev Schreiber) fighting for various wars. Most of the character development occurs in these two scenes, but who cares. It's X-Men I came to watch them kick each other's ass. And it gave me that. The love interest sub-plot did not detract me from the whole overall experience at all, it usually does for me but not in this movie. In fact, it kept me interested.

The only criticism I can give for this is the very little screen time the other mutants were allowed to have. Sure, it's Wolverine's story but it wouldn't hurt to showcase the smaller characters just a bit more. That is, after all X-Men's predominant appeal. The diversity of mutants and the variety of cool superpowers.
But it did enough to satisfy me at least.

Hopefully this does very well in the box office to encourage the studio to make more sequels. Fingers crossed the piracy does not hurt the film's profits. But for now, I'm pretty confident that we'll see more X-Men in the future. A quick check in imdb tells me they have an origin story in the works for Magneto and X-Men: First Class, which explores the childhood stories of a couple of students in Xavier's Academy. I'm getting excited just typing about it.
See this movie. Please.

Rating: 8.5/10
Poster link here

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you on the supporting characters not getting enough screen time. Everyone has been harping on about Ryan Reynolds (who I love) and the posters show most of them so I thought there would be a lot more scenes with them in. The Blob's follow up annoyed me though. I'm looking forward to the Deadpool spin off but if Reynolds isn't back I may shed a few tears



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