Posted on: May 3rd, 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine [Brett's Review]
OK, I’m just gonna go out there and say I liked it, a lot. I’m a big Wolverine fan and they tried for the fans, and if you’re a fan you should have enjoyed this one too. Hugh Jackman did a great job bringing the role of Wolverine back to life after two great, and one not so good, movies. I really went into this expecting the worst and they left me actually wanting more.
Wolverine has always been one of my favorites and this movie I’ve been anticipating for some time. Everyone has been raving that FOX was going to kill this movie and make it into a terrible film, but really they did it justice. The story starts with the Origins storyline, which was personally a great sequence. Victor and James being introduced in this fashion while the time passed through the wars was worth seeing the movie alone. By the end Victor had lost control killing a fellow officer and him and James were sent to be killed by firing squad. Little good that did. Stryker then comes into the movie and tells them it’s time to serve their country the correct way.
This brings us to weapon X, getting to see Wade Wilson still as a human merc was cool, and the other characters were there just for the ride. Seeing Wade cut through the bad guys was cool and unfortunately this is all we get of him. And I know he comes back at the end, but personally I don’t count that, but more on that later.
By the end of this sequence James decides to leave the group as he doesn’t agree with the tactics they use. We catch up with him six years later when he has moved to Canada where he’s with Kayla Silverfox and is a logger. Stryker comes to him saying that Victor is on the loose killing the old team and asks James to come back. James denies and we all know where the story goes from here, and if you don’t, what are you waiting for, go see this movie if you consider yourself any type of a comic book fan.
Hugh Jackman is this movie. He is in ninety percent of the film and rightfully so. He carries it well and we do believe in his character as Wolverine. Granted after three previous films portraying this role we should be, but he really brought the intensity that we got from X2, which personally was great. Live Schreiber plays Victor Creed, better known as Sabertooth, and although I was skeptical of this portrayal, he nailed the character. Granted it wasn’t much to do, just snarl and look like a bad ass, but snarl he did and looking like a badass he did even better.
As for the rest of the team, Danny Huston did a great job as Stryker, not being a guy you should hate but more of a guy who just believes in what he is doing, whether right or wrong. Will I Am as John Wraith was something of a surprise. Seeing him in the preview I didn’t expect much from him but by the end I actually liked the character a lot. Dominic Monaghan as Bolt was really insignificant and was kind of an unnecessary character. Kevin Durand did a great job as the Blob, much more believable then I ever thought possible. Agent Zero played by Daniel Henney was a really weak character which was a shame considering how much film time he got. Finally Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, who I thought was perfect. Out of everyone from above I really did enjoy him. He was the Merc with a mouth. I’ve been on a Deadpool kick recently reading everything he’s been in and I thought they used him perfectly, till the end.
I know everyone was looking forward to seeing Gambit who was plated by Taylor Kitsch and really I surprised they didn’t mess this up more. Although he seemed to come and go through the second half of the movie like a ghost out of thin air, it was cool to see him. Scott Summers and Emma Frost make an appearance which is cool, especially seeing them side by side knowing what we all know about them in the comics. Lastly there’s a surprise appearance at the end which they give no mention to in any of the trailers which to me was one of the best parts of the movie.
Just to add a few more things, if you haven’t seen the movie yet be warned, there will be SPOILERS now. So read at your own risk. First I want to start with the ending. This whole Weapon XI being Deadpool. Come on, I really was bothered by this. This was really the only big problem with this movie. We all know Wade Wilson gets cancer and is transformed into Deadpool by Dr. Killbrew so why do this to us. I really wanted to see this done right and excuse me but, they fucked up. I understand the whole point for the story but please, don’t go this far with a character that is beloved by so many comic book fans.
Next are the secret endings. I saw the one with Logan at the bar in Japan which was just OK, but I was hoping for a little bit more. I read that there is another one about Deadpool which I would love to see and supposedly there is talk about there being a third one, but don’t quote me, as of right now it’s just a rumor.
Last is to address the leaked version. Supposedly they expected it to hurt the ticket sales but hearing today that it opened at $89 million I think it did OK. Granted it could have done better, but it did well. I did obtain the leaked version, and yes like I said in the leaked article, I did wait to see it after I saw it in theaters, so I did pay for it once already. Now I have to admit, not much changed. Granted the special effects weren’t completed but for the most part it was practically the same, which was interesting because FOX claimed to have changed so much. It even had the ending with Logan at the bar in Japan which was surprising.
So as you can all tell I really did enjoy this, except for the Weapon XI thing. I would recommend everyone to see it and if you already have post your thoughts as I’m curious to see what you all thought. Hope you all enjoy this like I did.
12 Responses to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine [Brett's Review]”
Ben Rankel Says:
May 4th, 2009 at 1:19 am
I’m a huge Wolverine fan – any one who reads Marvel is. This movie is bad.
This movie does no justice to the story lines and characters presented on paper. In example; Logan and Sabretooth are never explicitly said to be brothers. Barnell Bohusk is meant to be a malformed bird mutant, not a shitty Electro rip-off. The age discrepancies between Gambit and Scott Summers seem glaring. The interactions between young versions of mutants that never should interact until adulthood. And so many more it seems futile to run them, down.Fine, whatever, I can live with that. We’ll call it an alternate universe or something.
Unfortunately they pile on a heap of bad acting, and a moronic finale that can only be described as a buddy-cop movie gone wrong with super powers.
Sabretooth: “I’ll save you – but this doesn’t change anything, we’ll still have to fight and shit.”
Wolverine: “Uh, why?”
Sabretooth: “Um, otherwise the first X-movie doesn’t make sense and we can’t make a sequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine: 2 : Electric Boogaloo!”
I give this movie minus 17 thumbs up, and two trolls in the ass.
Brett Snyder Says:
May 4th, 2009 at 8:13 am
Just wanted to say that I do agree with everything you say, but I think you went into the movie expecting to much. Think about it, what comic book movie has been faithful. Not X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Watchmen and may others. It doesn’t mean they are bad movies, it just means that I have to look past that and try to enjoy it for what it is.
I write screenplays and if I could do a comic book adaptation I would stay completely faithful to the material, but most writers don’t do that because of trying to sell the movie mainstream. Would I have loved to have seen everything perfect, yes, but it couldn’t be, so as a Marvel fan I enjoyed what I got. Just wanted to clear it up because I do agree with you on some level.
Ryan Ferrier Says:
May 4th, 2009 at 8:46 am
I’m not gonna say too much, as my review of the flick should be up here tonight… but… it ain’t good. Faithful adaption or not (try NOT), this was one of the laziest scripts I’ve ever seen put to film… I will elaborate more in the review.
Jon Stephens Says:
May 4th, 2009 at 9:10 am
Great review Brett. I actually didn’t think this movie was horrible. It started out strong, and I was thrilled to see how Reynolds perfectly played Wade. It was awesome. A definitely under utilized character.
My biggest problems in the film were over saturation and how they took liberties with a few of the characters. There were too many characters thrown in here just to appease fans. It took time away from the characters that were important to the story, and thus made it near impossible to connect to any characters aside from Wolverine and Sabretooth.
Now, as for the characters:
Gambit – Kitsch looked the part, but where the hell was his accent? And why didn’t he get to keep his whole “rebel loner bad ass” attitude that made him a draw to most people in the first place. I’ll say that I’ve never been a huge Gambit fan, whatever that means to anyone.
Deadpool/Wade Wilson – Boy, they screwed him up. I was not a fan. Now, let me say that I’ve come to accept that comic films probably won’t be good unless the creator or publisher has complete creative control, a la Marvel for Iron Man and HUlk. Plus, this was from FOX, who screwed up a couple of comic characters already, so was anyone really surprised? But I try to go into these types of films thinking of them as just another comic where a new writer/artists come in and change things a bit to make it their own. And in that sense, a lot of little things can be acceptable. It’s kind of a reach, but it’s one way to look at it.
I left the theater furious at what they did to my beloved Deadpool. A couple of days later I was over at a Deadpool fansite, the wicked cool “Deadpool Bugle”, and a Deadpool fanatic like myself was pointing out something that I’ve never considered before, and he had comic evidence to back up his assertion
What he was saying was that in a series of Deadpool/Weapon X comics, Deadpool “discussed” what was done to him before becoming the Deadpool we all know and love. But it’s never clearly explained what it was, just that it was all horrible stuff. You can chalk up this whole Deadpool/WeaponXI thing to just one of the horrible things that was done to Wade before he became Deadpool. Just a little something to think about.
The Deadpool ending is still on YouTube, so you can check it out if you still haven’t seen it Brett. I thought it was okay, and it clearly showed FOX’s intentions to make a Deadpool solo film. After what they did to Deadpool in Wolverine’s movie, I have serious doubts, but one thing keeps me positive – Ryan Reynolds. In numerous interviews leading up to the release of Wolverine, I’ve seen and heard Reynolds talk about the future of Wade/Deadpool. He clearly is a fan of the comics before he did this movie. He really knew his stuff and he clearly cared about it. He said that the studio wants to do a Deadpool movie, and so does he. He admited that what we saw in Wolverine is not what he considers Deadpool. So he said that if they wanted him to come back and do a Deadpool film, he wouldn’t do it unless it is out of continuity to correct the previous mistakes to the character, and he wouldn’t come near it unless it was a 100% faithful adaptation of the character. He isn’t under contract to do another one, so the fate of Deadpool on the big screen likely rests on his shoulders. Reynolds is big enough now to be able to carry a movie. I think FOX would give in to enough of his demands to get the Deadpool film and have it actually be decent if not good. Some of the things Reynolds says he wants in the Deadpool film would be his traditional costume, lots of violence, guns and swordplay, and Deadpool HAS to break the 4th wall.
As much as I hated seeing Deadpool that way on screen, I am actually excited about the future of the character. With Marvel doing a hell of a job with their properties, and Sony doing well with Spidey, FOX needs to change to start competing in the hero flick market. I think after reading the critical reviews of how they handled characters, they’d at least be open to change. And that’s the best we can hope for these days, aside from Marvel getting all their characters back.
Brett Snyder Says:
May 4th, 2009 at 9:55 am
Looking forward to your review Ryan.
Brett Snyder Says:
May 4th, 2009 at 9:59 am
Also Jon I agree about Deadpool. I really would love to see them do a faithful spin off for him and hopefully Ryan Reynolds will get what he wants. It’s great to see an actor portray a comic book character who is a fan. I really think it shows, even with the small part Ryan had that he really liked the character in the books. After reading most of the Deadpool books (I’m still reading them, almost done with his first volume) I think Ryan did what he could to be faithful to the character. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that within the next couple years we do get that Deadpool movie.
Ryan Ferrier Says:
May 4th, 2009 at 10:18 am
I’m going to put this in my review, but its also relevant here, and to your comments, Jon, re: Deadpool.
The fact that they could be laying ground-work for a Deadpool film, or that things were mentioned in passing about his past in the comics don’t really make up for the clusterfuck of the movie.
Think of it this way, if there were a young Justice League flick, and Batman only appeared as Bruce Wayne with a balaclava mask ala Batman Begins… fans would lose. their. shit. It doesn’t matter what they’re *doing*… it matters what they’ve *done*, and that’s take a big messy plot-hole-ridden, bad-cgi, lazily-written stupid film.
Mark my words, NOTHING good will ever come out of Fox in terms of comic movies.
May 4th, 2009 at 10:58 am
I have to be honest. I’m not expecting a lot anytime one of my favourite comic properties hits the big screen. I still want a lot to though. I hold out hope somewhere down the line, someone will do a more faithful iteration of these characters – hit the the trials, tribulations, inner turmoil and conflict that makes them so interesting to read.
Hey we eventually got a better Batman, right? I still have my issues with the current iteration of that franchise as well, but it’s stars and garters above the Schumacher stuff.
I’m just one of those whiny fans who wants to see the characters re-created on the big screen – not just their names and gimmicks. The name “Wolverine” and “shiny metal claws” does not a good film about James Howlett make.
May 4th, 2009 at 10:59 am
Addendum: Ryan – I completely agree. Fox is the Marvel killer.
Ryan Ferrier Says:
May 4th, 2009 at 11:15 am
I think my point is, and I’ll illustrate this, just because a film is inconsistent with its source material doesn’t mean its bad. Being a poor film means its bad. I am shutting up though, and will (attempt to) back up my declaration.
Jon Stephens Says:
May 4th, 2009 at 2:23 pm
You are all right on the money. Future plans don’t justify what they did. But it is possible that some fans could use that as a faint glimmer of hope for the characters. I love the Fox is the Marvel killer line Ben, it’s absolutely true. Only Marvel should do Marvel based films. They are the only ones who really care about the characters. BUt it won’t change. FOX and Sony own the rights and won’t let them go any time soon. Maybe after the massive success of IM2, Captain America and the Avengers, Marvel will have enough money to buy back it’s properties and do them justice.
Until then, All I can do is hope that someone will wake up and realize that Tom Rothman sucks at making movies, and maybe they’ll fire his ass. I really hope so. Call me an optimist.
You never know, it could happen. Or at least, I’ll keep telling myself that will happen as I continue to go to FOX comic movies, like a good little mindless sheep. I guess I’m a glutton for punishment!
May 4th, 2009 at 10:00 pm
I don’t think the movie was very good, but GAMBIT was what I liked the most, Kitsch delivers as much as he can with the little time he’s given, it was a great portrayal of the character but he needs to have a bigger role in the next movie