Reviews and Problems with X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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Movie overall 7
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
17 October 2013
Excerpt: "This pulse-pounding action thriller sinks razor-sharp adamantium claws into the mysterious origins of Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman): his epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed/Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), and the ominous Weapon X program that unleashes his primal fury. Along the way, Wolverine also encounters legendary new mutants, including Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and Gambit (Taylor Kitsch).
Excerpt: By no means perfect but a solid effort at condensing a complicated origin story into a satisfying fast-paced action flick, offering enough surprises and nods to the fans of the franchise that it does add to the character's mythos.
Excerpt: As a former reader of comic books, I’ve become increasingly delighted at how many of my favorite superheroes have now become mainstream movies. Like a lot of other people, X-Men ranked as my favorite of the titles I read and I’ve enjoyed the three X-Men movies immensely. Naturally when you’re talking X-Men it’s synonymous with Wolverine, undoubtedly the most popular of the X-Men.
Excerpt: The prospect of a Wolverine movie, what with he being the most popular of the X-Men, should have been a no-brainer. Hugh Jackman has proven himself a good choice for the role in the three X-Men films that preceded this, the first in the line of X-Men Origins movies, but the fact of the matter is that no matter how action packed this film may be, it’s really pretty dumb.
Excerpt: This pulse-pounding action thriller sinks razor-sharp adamantium claws into the mysterious origins of Logan/Wolverine: his epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed/Sabretooth, and the ominous Weapon X program that unleashes his primal fury. Along the way, Wolverine also encounters legendary new mutants, including Deadpool and Gambit .
Summary: This is the first of the Origin stories, and judging by the success, there will be others. While no official word has come down, at least three are in the development stages. There have been plans for a Magneto film for some time, and my sources tell me it is likely to be the next film made. The second possibility is a second Wolverine film. Jackman isn’t getting any younger, and there might be some push to get as many of his films made while they can.
Conclusion: I'll be the first to admit that Wolverine got a tough break. Between studio interventions and a not-quite-finished work print being leaked online a month before release, the film got a thorough critical lambasting before it even arrived in theaters. Hopefully, the inevitable sequel—reportedly set during Logan's time in Japan—will learn from the movie's mistakes, and maybe even take a few lessons from The Dark Knight and Iron Man about how to tell a riveting comic book...
Conclusion: For all the scathing reviews ‘Wolverine’ got, I didn’t think it was half bad. It doesn’t stand up to the first two ‘X-Men’ movies, but it does outdo ‘The Last Stand’ in every way. It’s exciting enough for a casual movie night, but if you’re looking for a more in depth story, you’ll probably be disappointed. Too much focus on the dozens of other mutants in the movie hampers the overall story of Wolverine’s origin.