The leak of this movie came out a few weeks ago, but I chose to not view it and wait to see it in the theaters. If you have read my other blog posts about this movie, you know I am a pretty big fan of X-men. So I was really looking forward to this film.
Wolverine takes place before the 3 X-Men films hence the title Origins. Probably one of the biggest disappointments of the movie takes place in the opening credits. Instead of doing a really interesting story about James (aka Logan or Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman) and Victor Creed (aka Sabertooth, played by Liev Schreiber) growing up and living through all the different wars. They skip through it so fast. It was pretty much just a montage for 4 mins. Why not rather do a strong half hour and go into this. Instead they jump into Weapon X story right away which wasn’t even done that great. But the best part of this was Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). The Jokes were fantastic and his action scene was one of the best in the film. Sadly this is really all we get of Wade.
The other Weapon X members I could care less about and i think the writers didn’t like them either. Cause [Spoiler warning] they pretty much kill them off so fast that it didn’t really matter that they were in the film. Blob was dumb cause he had a eating distorter instead of it being his mutant ability. Wraith who is a Nightcrawler rip off didn’t really have much worth. Dominic Monaghan’s character Bolt could have been interesting but is literally “short lived”. Last but not least, Agent Zero was alright, I didn’t hate or like him.
After wolverine leaves the team the film fall into a little bit of a lull. We have his romantic storyline with Silver Fox (Lynn Collins) which was alright. A fight scene with Wolverine and Victor which wasn’t bad, although i really didn’t like how Sabertooth “ran”. It was Animal like and kinda looked like he floated and never actually touched the ground. Didn’t work for me.
I thought once Wolverine got his adamantium claws things would get better. But they didn’t. The Claws were done with REALLY BAD computer animation. A scene where wolverine is looking at his claws in the bathroom was laughable (in a bad way). Sloppy effort.
Lets move on to Gambit (Taylor Kitsch). A fan favorite that people have been wanting for a long time. It seemed like the writers knew this and just kinda threw him late in the film. Gambit was really cool and it would have been nice to have more of him. Sadly if there ever was a new current x-men film… Gambit would be about 50 years old cause this takes place in the 70-80’s… So unless we get another origins movie. this might be the last of him.
Going in, I kinda knew that Deadpool was going to be different. So I prepared myself for that. As i talked about before Wade was awesome. But at the end of the movie where they turn him into Deadpool, it made me sad that this is how they are choosing to make him. Having him have the powers of half a dozen mutants. One including cyclops (who had no business being in this film). The positive to take out of this was the fight scene was pretty cool. The after credits ending that I saw was “Deadpool lives” and made me happy for a spinoff if they ever do one.
– They did wolverine’s hair right for once
– Some solid fight scenes (not all, but some)
– Finally got Gambit into a film
– Wade was awesome (Deadpool… not so much)
– WAY too many Mutant cameos
– Blob has an eating distorter…
– A weak uneven story
– Computer animated claws
Overall, like X-men: The Last Stand, this movie’s biggest downfall was that it had too many mutants. It would have been much better if it focused on just Wolverine and Sabertooth. But it did have some good action scenes so fans of X-men should see it for that and for Ryan Reynolds as Wade.
The film made $87 Million this weekend. which was pretty close to what i predicted it would do. Looks like we might see more X-men after all.
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10