“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” Makes Me Want X4

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation

Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.

Release Date: May 1st, 2009 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity.

Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution

Directed by: Gavin Hood

JJ Rating: B+

(Amused by the photo having Cyclops. He was barely in the movie but he got to be on the poster. He is my favorite, but why is he on the poster?)

It’s the beginning of a beautiful animal and everything that made him; claws and all. X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

I am a diehard X-Men fan. I know enough about the comic book to understand everyone’s past as well as their personalities and important storylines. I just really enjoy X-Men anything even if it means I have to endure Wolverine dominated (as if the X-Trilogy wasn’t enough Wolverine domination) origin story. I get that things have to be altered for film, but as long as the characters sick close to their core selves then it’s all good. What I find obnoxious are the fanatics that just get all pissy about how the screenwriters translate the comic to film. Like this one loudmouth female that was talking about how she could have written better. Every word out of her mouth was laced with cynicism and disgust for what wasn’t her ideas. Who the hell would want to see that dribbling, self involved crap that would leak out of her brain and on to the paper? No one who’d want a good film, that’s who. I can understand seeing the difference between the comic and the film, but I don’t get how anyone that had seen the X-Trilogy could be so daft to think that X-Men Origins: Wolverine would be any better? And by better I mean their better not the normal kind of better. And by their better I mean better that lands closer to perfect as defined, of course, by them.

I’m going to start with the characters. First on the list is Remy LeBeau a.k.a. Gambit (Taylor Kitsch). He appears in the film midway through and then disappears and then appears towards the end. He banters with Wolverine, battles with him and helps him. The accent is pretty decent and Kitsch looks like Gambit well enough to be believable. His characteristics are all there for the small amount of screen time. It was worth seeing him in action. He is a good Gambit and the why didn’t they do this before rings in my head.

Next is Fred Dukes a.k.a. The Blob (Kevin Durand). He is funny and only appears at the beginning and in the middle of the film. He does get massive and there is a fight between him and Wolverine. I think it’s so funny that someone would be willing to play the Blob. Durand does a good job and it was great to see a character that would have been nice to see on Magneto’s team in the X-Trilogy. I found it interesting that there were two actors from “LOST” in this film. Him and Dominic Monaghan who has a great scene with Schreiber.

Wade Wilson a.k.a. Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is the wisecracking punk who speaks to the audience in his comics. He has a mouth of a douche bag in school but the fighting ability of a master martial artist. It’s a deadly combination. In the film he does not speak to the camera. He is in the beginning of the film and at the end. It’s good to remember that he has his own film coming out and Reynolds will be playing him. I believed he was Deadpool. Reynolds was a perfect choice.

Victor Creed a.k.a. Sabretooh (Liev Schreiber) is a vicious character without holding back against anyone, especially Wolverine. He shares the screen with Wolverine for most of the film. They battle throughout the film. They have great fights just not a lot of blood. I believe Schreiber was a good choice for Sabretooth.

Kayla Silverfox a.k.a. Silverfox (Lynn Collins) is Wolverine’s love interest in the comic and is the same in the film. I really liked Collins. She was a perfect match for the character. Her acting was fantastic. There is a scene in the film that has her staring at Wolverine and it’s all in the eyes. The pain, the hurt, the regret….everything emotional just seeping out of her face through her eyes. Good stuff.

Then there were the two future lovers Scott Summers a.k.a. Cyclops (Tim Pocock) and Emma Frost a.k.a. The White Queen (Tahyna Tozzi) and they are not the focus of this film and show up towards the end and have a couple of lines here and there. They show off their powers in dazzling array and that’s about it. I enjoyed both actors as these characters. I hope that’s not the last we see of either of them.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine was just as good as he was in the previous three films. He has more rage in this one, of course. That’s a good thing. He needs that rage like a car needs gasoline. It gets things done.

This is another movie (as was The Watchmen) that made great use of the credits. The entire war-back-story they gave was creative and fun and made the montage past thing a stable of importance for superhero movies. It gives perspective and this one gave the perspective of the closeness between Wolverine and Sabretooth.

The story was easy to follow. There was nothing complicated about what was going on and that way the film could give a good story with great special effects and action sequences. There are a lot of them in this film. They are not one after another, but there are enough. Enjoying this film should not be that difficult. Yes there are alterations to the film and the back-story. There has to be. They have to take into account what had transpired in the X-Trilogy with how Wolverine was among other things.

I really, really liked the fight scenes. They were awesome. I was thoroughly entertained by the blades blocking and stabbing and the massive Blob punching and bumping. They had more of Cyclops’s optic blast in this film than they had in all three X-Movies. Gambit fighting Wolverine was comic cool. It was also, at the beginning of the fight, comically cool. The final battle at the end was gritty and brutal. The PG-13 rating was what they wanted to keep X-Men family friendly (of sorts) and not go for the blood and guts that surely Wolverine and Sabretooth could give in just a battle between the two of them. There was not a lot of blood splashing everywhere like one would see in the comic book, but that doesn’t take away from the excitement of visually seeing comic book fights come to life. Wolverine vs The Blob; Wolverine vs Sabretooth; Wolverine vs Gambit; Wolverine vs ?. Can’t tell you who ? is because that would ruin the movie.

It’s really hard to add surprises to a comic book story when those that view it know almost every nook and cranny of the stories. So when it becomes a movie it has to be altered to add a bit of surprise to it. It has to be fresh and entertaining and I think that X-Men Origins: Wolverine did a good job at trying to stay close to the comic (enough) while adding a bit for the movie to ‘surprise’ the viewers. They also did what one would expect with the ending.

Normally people wait until the end of the film to see if there’s a little scene. There is one at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine but it’s not worth seeing. I was almost sure it was going to be Deadpool but it was not. It’s a retarded end scene and they should have not had bothered.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a good movie. It has everything that’s necessary for a good action movie as well as a good comic book movie. I admit that I am bias when it comes to X-Men movies. So if you disliked or were not interested in any of the X-Movies then don’t even bother with this one because it’s similar. Some things were altered and some things are amazingly accurate. The film starts off with dark excitement and ends (excluding the ending) with good excitement. The ending made me want to watch the X-Trilogy.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine proves that the X-Universe has so much to offer that it could fund Hollywood for years to come if the right persons are at the helm (can’t wait for Star Trek XI). As always don’t have high expectations. I tried to explain how often the characters show up so that one doesn’t have an unrealistic view of screen time. It made me want more X-Men, more mutants, more, more, more. I just want more. I want X4.

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