Movie Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, May 1, 2009 at 12:00 am.

X-Men Origins: WolverineYou just can’t keep the X-Men franchise down. Fortunately, the X-Men plot from the comic book is sustainable enough where it works for multiple feature length movies. For X-Men Origins: Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, who is currently the most likable man in Hollywood, the question is—can the Wolverine character alone sustain an entire movie?

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine the audience learns how Wolverine came to be, from a young boy in the mid 19th century to seeking revenge for his murdered girlfriend to his memory loss, which is huge plot line for the previous X-Men films. Wolverine is a man on a mission, but with some unexpected plot turns, the mission is not what one might expect.

Jackman is nearly impossible to not enjoy on the big screen. He is charismatic, passionate and seems to be one of few actors who have played legendary comic book characters and the hardcore fans are not upset. One can never forget how much criticism Halle Berry received for playing Storm.

Jackman is undoubtedly Wolverine and with a cast of other characters like Sabertooth, who is Wolverine’s brother and played by Liev Schreiber, and Will.I.Am as John Wraith, a teleporter, the casting is perfect. All of the actors are extremely talented and managed to give some soul to an action flick.  Furthermore, when the action begins, it’s classic—big explosions and epic fight scenes, everything the audience wants.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a film that needs to stand alone from the massively successful X-Men films. In comparison to the three other movies, which are quite spectacular, this version ranks at number four. This does not mean Wolverine isn’t a good film, it’s just as good as Iron Man, but not X-Men worthy.

What made X-Men so engaging was the story was not about one man’s journey in that Rambo/Die Hard way, but more about oppressed outsiders and how they fought against the system. In X-Men: Wolverine you longed to see Storm, Mystique, or Magneto. While there are moments toward the end that focus on the heart of mutants, this movie is another action movie about a man who is trying to do the right things all while battling the guilt of having amazing powers—oh, and trying to land the girl.

X-Men: Wolverine doesn’t stay loyal to the X-Men genre but it’s just as good as Incredible Hulk or Iron Man. If you’ve never seen an X-Men film you will enjoy Wolverine. If you are familiar with the X-Men franchise then go for the action, special effects, Hugh Jackman and awesome fighting scenes — you’ll enjoy every minute.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is in theatres today.

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