5/01/2009

Movie Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)


X-Men Origins: Wolverine is that kind of movie that puts me in a weird spot when I blog my movie reviews. I've been a big fan of the X-Men comic books since I was 12 (although I'm not that high on Wolverine), and I find it hard to separate the fanboy perspective from the movie fan/geek perspective. But I'll do my best. :P

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a prequel to the X-Men trilogy and (as the title indicates) focuses on how Wolverine became the indestructible brawler everybody loves. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Logan/Wolverine and he gives the role credence, thanks to six adamantium claws. But his performance couldn't save a so-so story.

Take the archetype of  the "fierce warrior with a heart," which Wolverine fits the template, and add to that how the stereotypical "soldier who retired but was dragged back into the war" shtick molds the story, then you have film cliche. But what I found enjoyable about the film the super-powered battles and action. I also found interesting characters (from the mutants to the mercenaries like Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool) and seeing them bounce around the film with their powers appealed it my fanboy side.

With X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I realized how Wolverine could be a cornerstone of a the X-Men film franchise, given better material. But this film is an OK start. Just a quick note: There are many deviations from the comic book versions so be warned!


Rating: 3/5


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