X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a blasphemous take on one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel/Disney Universe. An extraordinary amount of heinous acting during cliche scenes and over zealous explosions. X-Men is supposed to be the world’s greatest soap opera, but Director Gavin Hood takes the most recent X-Men film serial and drags it on the dirty floor, much like how Singer did so to The Last Stand.
One of my least favorite aspects of this film is how the Weapon XI was only introduced in the last 10 minutes of the film. It gave me the feeling of a level boss like a video game storyline, rather than a coherent film. The relationship with between Sabertooth and Wolverine, especially at the end seems weak and disappointing.
Like most action films Wolverine is predictable, more so than it should be. Of course there are times where you know what is going to happen, as it is common sense for more comic fans. However, this new installment of the X-Men franchise is beyond original and lacking in subtlety and meaning that you will find in the comics.
While I have so many qualms with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, there are some interesting battle scenes and Gambit’s introduction–finally–is well placed and his powers in the film are some of the most interesting.
Despite the mass opinion that this film was terrible, it earned respectable earnings at the box office during the height of the H1N1 Swine Flu panic.
I have a modest collection of X-Men comics from the early 90s and there is a reason why it took nearly 40 years for X-Men to reach the screen. I’ve yet to be impressed by any of the 4 X-Men films released so far and X-Men Origins: Wolverine is certainly one of the worst. I wish Hollywood waited longer to make these films.