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#TBT: X-Men Origins: Wolverine Movie Review

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It’s Throwback Thursday once again, and this is a special one! Today I have two Throwback Thursday reviews! The first, which I’ve got right here, in honor of the first superhero movie of its kind, Deadpool, is for the 2009 film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman. The second today will be for the 2001 comedy, Zoolander, with Ben Stiller as the classic male model. Wow, is it a good weekend for movies or what? I am a huge fan of the X-Men films. I think that they are probably the most underrated comic book hero films in the genre, and they are severely unappreciated for the brilliance that they bring to the screen. Bryan Singer directed one of my all time favorite films in 1995’s The Usual Suspects, and he has nailed every X-Men film he has directed so far. He seems to be picking up speed with every movie, but unfortunately, he wasn’t behind the camera for this one. I’ve only seen two movies from the director of this movie, Gavin Hood, and those include this movie and 2013’s Ender’s Game. I can’t say that I was overwhelmed by Ender’s Game, but let’s talk about how I feel about X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is directed by Gavin Hood and stars Hugh Jackman as the titular Wolverine along with Ryan Reynolds, Live Schreiber, Lynn Collins, Taylor Kitsch, and will.i.am all in supporting roles. It is the story of the undisputed favorite movie X-Man, Wolverine. The film takes us through Wolverine’s dark and desolate past as a young boy and as a soldier, where he meets some of our favorite X-Men characters from the comics such as Sabertooth, William Stryker, and yes, the one and only reason we are talking about this movie right now, Deadpool. We get to see a love interest of Wolverine’s, as well as what pushes him toward joining the Weapon X program where he undergoes the procedure of a lifetime giving him an adamantium skeleton. Adamantium is a fictional metal in the Marvel universe most widely known as the metal that Wolverine’s claws are made up of. It is known to virtually indestructible, so when Wolverine, or Logan, undergoes the procedure to make his entire skeleton adamantium, he becomes one of the most powerful mutants alive.

First of all, let’s talk about what I liked about this movie. I just can’t get enough Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. I can’t. He was born to play this character, and as crazy as it sounds now, when he was first selected for the role, movie fans were very skeptical. Hugh Jackman is 6’2’’ while the comic book character is 5’3’’. I could see why comic fans wouldn’t be in full agreement with the casting choice, but boy did Jackman prove everybody wrong in the first X-Men film of 2000, which I may or may not review depending on which movie I choose for Throwback Thursday come X-Men: Apocalypse time. Jackman perfectly embodies the scruffy, scrappy, tough character the Wolverine really is. He has the perfect attitude and delivery for the character, and he just nails the character every time he is on-screen. There are a couple of other characters I really liked in the film such as the first few times we get to see Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds was another actor born to play an X-Men character, and that’s The Merc with a Mouth. Ryan Reynolds is awesome as Deadpool in the first half of this movie. He has such a big personality and can improvise to perfection for the character. I also really liked Taylor Kitsch as Gambit, however, he was only in the film for about five minutes. After the few awesome characters in the film, the movie kind of drops off.

Unfortunately, X-Men Origins: Wolverine was pretty boring. It focused much too heavily on a love story that didn’t work very well for me. I didn’t think that either Hugh Jackman or Lynn Collins were bad in their roles. In fact, I liked Lynn Collins in the role, and I’ve already discussed my thoughts on Hugh Jackman, but the story did not work for the story. I thought that they glossed too heavily over everything that I wanted to see, and instead used the time showing viewers things that we didn’t really care about. It seemed that Gavin Hood was a bit out of his element in the film, and the action was nothing even close to what could be done with Wolverine. Next, let’s talk about something that irks me to this day, and that is how Wolverine’s claws look. They looked so much worse than X-Men films that came out four, six, and even nine years prior to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and I’m not quite sure how that’s possible. Keep in mind that X-Men Origins: Wolverine was made for $150 million. That is an insane amount of money to not be able to make Wolverine’s claws look real. There are scenes in the movie where his claws don’t even line up with his knuckles, and it’s so painfully obvious that it just makes me wonder why. Finally, let’s talk about something that everyone has a problem with: the portrayal of Deadpool in the second half of the film. They took this character who they thought that they were doing justice to and just ruined him. I think that some new Deadpool campaign ads described it perfectly by saying, “From the studio that inexplicably sewed his [expletive] mouth shut the first time…” You don’t do that! Don’t sew the mouth shut of one of the most personality heavy characters in comics! He became so uninteresting and not fascinating to me, and he took on a completely different persona, and it bothers everyone who love him in the comics to this day.

Overall, X-Men Origins: Wolverine did not work very well for me. I was not really interested in the story almost whatsoever. It’s not an easy watch because despite liking the character of Wolverine, I could never get fully invested in the movie. I also had a hard time with a lot of the characters and connecting with them, and I also strongly disliked the way Deadpool was portrayed in the film. I didn’t feel like 100% effort was put into this film other than Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the Wolverine. He is so awesome as Wolverine, and there are scenes of him being the Wolverine we love, as well as some scenes that bring the movie to a slightly higher level than the rest of the film. I’m going to give X-Men Origins: Wolverine a 5/10.

Have you seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine? If you have, what did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know! Are you excited for Deadpool? I should have my review out on Friday! It’s a movie I have been looking forward to for so long, and I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am. I will also have another Throwback Thursday review out for the original 2001 Zoolander film in honor of the sequel, Zoolander 2, another film being released this weekend. I will have reviews for both Deadpool and Zoolander 2 on Friday, so be sure to check up on those! Also, what is your favorite X-Men film? So far, there are seven to choose from, so let me know! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse.

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Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at movies@pulseradio.fm