MARVEL MOVIE MADNESS REVIEW: “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” stars Hugh Jackman (Van Helsing, Real Steel), Liev Schreiber (Salt, Defiance), Danny Huston (21 Grams, Children of Men), Lyn Collins (John Carter, Number 23), Will.i.am (Rio, The Great Gatsby), Kevin Durand (The Captive, Wild Hogs), Dominic Monaghan (Lost [TV series], The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King), Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor, Battleship), Daniel Henney (Big Hero 6, The Last Stand), and Ryan Reynolds (R.I.P.D., Green Lantern). It is directed by Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game, Rendition). This story sheds some light on Wolverine’s muddled past. Born over 200 years ago, Logan (Jackman) aka Wolverine, was thrown into a traumatizing childhood after he began developing his mutant abilities. He ended up running away from home with his brother Victor (Schreiber) aka Sabretooth and they have been together for a very long time, fighting many wars including the Civil War, WWI, WWII, and Vietnam, without aging. One day, a scientist by the name of Stryker (Huston) finds them and asks of them to join his group of mutants as commandos. With this group, they go on a mission to find a rare type of metal known as Adamantium. When they end up doing more harm than good, Logan leaves the group to live in a small town and get away from his past. He meets a woman named Kayla (Collins), and they make a life together. Everything is great until Stryker shows up six years later to tell him that Victor is killing the people who were in their old group and he needs him to stop him. Having found Adamantium, Stryker transforms Logan into the animal we know as the Wolverine, to take down Victor before he kills anyone else.
It’s been a while since I have seen this movie, but even when I last saw it, I only saw parts of it. Mainly towards the ending. This movie has gotten a lot of grief and criticism over it in reviews when it has first came out, and I must say…..this was better than I expected it to be. Seeing how this movie got a lower score than “X-Men: The Last Stand” on IMDB, I thought I was in for a Burnt Popcorn movie and after reading and hearing complaints about it, this movie had my lowest of expectations. But, it was definitely better than “X-Men: The Last Stand”. What this movie does is give you insight of how not only Logan’s life, but how very depressing it is. The story to this is good. Not as good as “X-Men” mind you, but it’s above average (which is around a 72% in my book). I will admit that the first half of this movie was better than the second. Once you got towards the middle it felt like the movie lost traction and became a little corny and slow in terms of how things were done. The acting was really good with Hugh Jackman playing an awesome Wolverine as always and I especially loved this Sabretooth better than in “X-Men”. I give major props to Liev Schreiber. It was also nice seeing Dominic Monaghan play in this seeing as how he played my favorite character, Charlie Pace, on the TV series “Lost”. The special effects were great along with their action scenes and makes you feel awesome inside just watching them. It’s what is expected out of a movie like this one. I had a few cons with this film. The first I’ve already mentioned above, how it lost traction towards the middle. Mainly because it got filled with senseless action and dialogue that got cheesy. Things that were done that remind you of how the third X-Men movie got in terms of “why would they do this?”. That brings me to my second con: Deadpool. It’s been said and reviewed a million times so I won’t delve deep into that. I will just say that if they are trying to make a movie based on a comic book, if you want to tweak with the story, fine, just don’t change the characters. The characters are what makes the story what it is and to see Deadpool in the state he is and looking nothing like he does in the comics, it’s just a shame. Other than those two cons, this movie is entertaining and provides good insight on the Wolverine, giving a deep back story that is sure to please a good amount of people in some form. FINAL SCORE: 76%= Juicy Popcorn
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