I have heard for years that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a bad film. I just took that knowledge for granted and never bothered to watch it. But last week I got a chance to watch it. Are the critics right, or is this movie actually a good film? Once again, as typical for the series, I give snarky comments that are somewhat-spoilerish, and then I go into full-time spoiler mode analyzing the film.
That’s one well of a family situation James, err… Wolverine.
Hey young Wolvie, no claws for alarm.
Well, that’s one half of an unintentional Oedipal complex. Run away before you complete the other isn’t a bad idea.
Who let the dogs out…especially this soon. Darn.
Is this Wolverine, or the Highlander TV series?
Yes he does shut up, and that was the biggest problem fanboys had with this movie.
With action likes this, who needs Kill Bill?
Wolvie, just when you think you’re out, they will drag you back in again.
Clap-on/clap off mutant powers is actually pretty useful, especially when you don’t actually have to clap.
So THAT’s the origin of the name.
Wolvie doesn’t have much luck with the ladies in his life, huh?
Wolvie and Sabretooth always have cool fights.
I’ve destroyed a bathroom sink myself, Wolvie, so you are in good company.
These are some ridiculously psychopathic villains. Sheesh.
They should have called this Wolverine: First Blood.
Gotta have that walking away from an explosion cliche. Gotta have it.
Cyclops Origins as well? Cool.
Bub, Blob, what’s the difference?
Y’know, they could have just let Blob be portrayed by Paul Wright and save some SFX money.
Now it’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Wolverine.
Yep, unlucky with women. I know the feeling.
After all that, I’d drink too.
Having now seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I see why it is not liked. However, I can also understand why I like it far more than others do. If you are not already invested in Wolverine, you are supposed to empathize with someone who is pretty much indestructible. If someone seems to have more advantages than you, whether it be health, wealth, good looks, or brains, it is harder to root for them. Also, anyone who is a fan boy of Deadpool will hate the film as the Deadpool they got in the end was definitely not a “merc with a mouth”, and they were promised Deadpool, not someone that is claimed to be Deadpool. That’s like promising someone they will get to see penguins at a zoo, and all they get is toucans…the disappointment is automatic. Since I really only know Deadpool from his first appearance in New Mutants #98 (gotta find my copy so I can sell it) I have no emotional attachment to that character, so the screwing up of that character does not really impact me, althro I can sympathize with Deadpool fans. I watched the movie because I just wanted to see Wolverine, and I got Wolverine.
Another problem with the movie is the bittersweet ending. It was typical of Chris Claremont to write X-Men endings so that they were not a total victory…something bad did happen, which is John Bryne eventually departed from the X-Men as he wanted the heroes to have some total victories. But movie goers like to see happy endings, as there is not enough happy endings in this world. In the book First Blood, Rambo’s character dies at the end from suicide, but the test audience hated it, so the ending was altered so instead Rambo gets taken into custody by his old commander. While I was getting field experience for my Ph.D. our group decided to watch the movie Duplex, where the bad guys actually won in the end, having totally screwed the good guys…the film only made $9 million in the United States and less than $20 million worldwide on a budget of $40 million. The Star Wars prequels were probably doomed from the start as by their nature the ending couldn’t be that happy.
If you just want to see an unstoppable killing machine killing bad guys, then X-Men Origins: Wolverine can be the film for you to watch when in the mood for popcorn. There are times where the movie gets to be too much like other films like First Blood and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (seriously, Sabretooth was practically low-level flying at one point). Still, it is an enjoyable film but only for the right film goer.
That’s it for this week. From here on out, expect the Curmudguin to be mostly about unexpected takes on movies and video games, as something big is on the horizon, which should launch this weekend. Something the world needed but didn’t know it needed. Follow my Twitter to learn when it happens, as pop culture news and opinion will never be the same again.
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