May 3, 2009


Coming after a slew of superhero movies with terrific storytelling (The Dark Knight, Iron Man, Spiderman 2), X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be somewhat of a disappointment. It is not as good as the first two Xmen movies and yet not as bad as the last one. It's not the worst prequel either (yes I'm talking to you Star Wars!). Wolverine has always been one of the most intriguing X-Men. Why so young, so angry? The film doesn't do much to explain (vengeance was a theme). It has the requisite scenes of Logan looking up towards the sky yelling "NOOOO!" as the camera pans out (twice!), and as bonus, a military special forces group of mutants (which included Dominic Monaghan, Will.I. Am, Ryan Reynolds) standing around in group-brood mode as the camera again zooms out.

The movie is obviously carried by its star, Hugh Jackman. Liev Schreiber who plays his brother Victor Creed (I can't believe they made Sabretooth and Wolverine brothers!), threatens to upstage Mr. Jackman sometimes. Danny Huston (The Constant Gardener's baddie) is his usual disreputable self as Colonel Stryker, the guy who's responsible for all the mayhem. (I loved his line on pre-emptive strikes...echoes of Dick Cheney and George Bush anyone?) The cast manages to elevate the script with their individual performances.

It wasn't all bad. There are laugh out loud dialogue and entertaining action scenes. As the opening credits rolled, I liked the montage of the ageless and invincible brothers as they fought war after war. (I just wondered why they were fighting for the U.S. when the prologue shows they were Canadian.) I also enjoyed the appearances of some future X-Men. But where was Stan Lee's cameo? Stay after the ending credits for bonus scenes. I still enjoyed the movie, still a good way to start the summer movie season. It is a fun, watchable film mainly due to Mr. Jackman. I just think they could have been more creative with Wolverine's


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