X-Men Origins: Wolverine (movie review)

Today, I’m going to try and figure out why everyone hates X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Join me! It’ll be fun! I promise!*

*CreativeJamie.com uses the words ‘fun’ and ‘promise’ in their loosest sense possible, meaning we are guaranteeing neither fun nor keeping promises.

Since this is a complicated issue, let’s go through this a methodically as we can.

1. What were you expecting?
After X-men: The Last Stand, my expectations were as low as they could be for a franchise movie. Also, with a convoluted title like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I think we all knew this was going to be something of a cluster f@ck. I guess the trailer promises a lot; Deadpool, Sabertooth, Cyclops… but, I dunno, so did The Last Stand.

2. Some of the effects look cheap, some look OK
The special effects are a mixed bag, I’ll give you that. When Wovlerine is on top of the helicopter, it looks fine – when he’s walking away from the exploding helicopter, it looks terrible. And his claws always look terrible, too. That’s a bummer, but it is what it is.

3. That silly opening
Yeah, the kids in the opening are silly, the war montage is not great (I think that’s the only montage I’ve ever seen that implies rape), but it’s over quickly and it gets the point across.

4. It screws with the Marvel Mythos
Sorry, I’m not coming to bat for the fan boys on this one. I know there is a lot of rewriting of history here and this movie makes Deadpool fans sick (and I count myself among Deadpool fans), but this isn’t the comics, it’s a movie, an entirely different medium. To me, even if they screwed up Wade Wilson’s story, they got the character right and cast him perfectly, and that’s what matters. Ryan Reynolds was born to play Deadpool in the way that Robert Downey Jr. was born to play Tony Stark. I agree that it’s too bad Deadpool worked out this way (ditto Gambit), but the movie is called Wolverine, after all, and they couldn’t spend too much time on other characters without the flick becoming the disjointed mess that was X-Men 3.

5. Action! Fighting!
As we went over before, this movie has some crappy CGI, but it’s still fun to look at. The bottom line is that this is an action movie and there is fun fighting/action sequences and the movie comes to reasonable conclusion while providing an explanation to Logan’s memory loss, which is all I think the movie sets out to do in the first place.

So, I can’t hate this movie. Sure, it’s not perfect, but all I really wanted out of this movie was to watch Hugh Jackman be Wolverine, and this movie has it in spades. I’m giving it a 7 out of 10; it’s fun and watchable. I was never bored and after The Last Stand, that’s all I was looking for – at the time, I probably would have given this movie an 8 because in the context of its time, it’s much better than we remember.

About Jamie Insalaco

Jamie Insalaco is the author of CreativeJamie.com, BomberBanter.com and editor in chief of ComicBookClog.com

Posted on April 28, 2014, in lists, movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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