Sunday, May 3, 2009

X-Men Origins: Wolverine - 2 stars

I really don't think we need any more prequels. Star Wars was just fine when it was 3 movies. We knew all we needed to know of the characters' back stories. We didn't need to see Anakin as a kid, or Obi Wan as a young padawan, or know that Anakin built C3PO, or learn about midichlorians, or ...

We also know all we need to know about Wolverine from the first two X-Men movies (the good ones). But since they killed a bunch of the characters off in X-Men: The Last Stand, they figured the best way to make more money from the franchise was to make a prequel. My understanding is that the next X-Men Origins movie will be Magnedo. According to, there is a script for the movie but it has not been green lit yet.

I didn't love or hate Wolverine. It wasn't a bad movie, but I don't think I would want to watch it again. There were some lame bits of dialogue. The bit where Wolverine's girlfriend tells him about the moon and the wolverine, I wanted to smack the screenwriter. There were also too many shots of Wolverine throwing his head back and screaming at the heavens while the camera pulls back.

One of my favorite moments was the introduction of Ryan Reynolds as Deathstrike. He was funny, as he always is. The problem is we didn't get enough of him. I also didn't get why Wolverine and Sabertooth fought in all the wars. I mean, sure it makes sense that the government would want them since they can't die. But what made them want to serve in the army? It would have been nice if some of the movie focused on them from childhood to their war days. But unfortunately that is all over with in the first 5 minutes of the movie. The rest of the movie is Wolverine and Sabertooth working for General Stryker, Wolverine living with his girlfriend, Wolverine getting his adamantium skeleton, Wolverine running from Stryker and his men, Wolverine fighting Sabertooth and his men. That's about it.

And since the first X-Men opens with Wolverine not remembering his past, we know that at the end of this he will get amnesia. How it happens is really stupid. I don't know what is worse, the way it happens, or the fact that Stryker knows that is what will happen. I think it amounts to really lazy screenwriting.

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