Monday, April 27, 2009

Rick's Movie Review

X-Men Origins: Wolverine: Not Up to Scratch

We've had a good number of origin films recently: Casino Royale and Batman Begins come to mind. We already know the characters, but we're able to both see how they began and be reintroduced to them in a new light. That was because they took the source material seriously: too seriously perhaps, but the aforementioned films were better than the ones that preceded them. Now we have X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which tells us the back story of one of the most famous of mutants. Overall, it's a nice try, but not what it could have been.

The thing is, the movie is a routine action picture, nothing more, nothing less. That might be OK, but I was expecting more. I was expecting to find out about Logan/Wolverine, but the only things I learned were that he's over 150 years old and he fights with his brother Sabertooth a lot. They had three fight scenes, which always ended in a draw. In fact, that's what the movie boils down to: a series of fight sequences with unconvincing special effects. You also had Deadpool and Gambit (my favorite) being underused. For the latter, he added nothing to the plot except name recognition. For the former, his backstory would have been more interesting. Hugh Jackman (as Wolverine) and Liev Schreiber (as Sabertooth, whom I remember as Orson Welles from RKO 281, about the making of Citizen Kane), gave it a good try but couldn't rise above the material.

Overall, it was a sorry disappointment. I'd advise you to wait until it gets to the second-run theaters. You won't have to claw your way in to see it.


For the extended review of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and a review of Star Trek, visit

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