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Hooray for loud and shiny things!,
This review is from: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Single-Disc Edition) (DVD)
I want to get this out first, I love the comics. I think none of these movies are anywhere close to represent the X-men as they are in the comics. That said, I think these movies exist in a different world that has nothing to do with the 616, except for the characters names and most their powers. I have no problems with these movies; X-men 1 and 2 were very entertaining action movies. But even those movies should have been called, "Wolverine 'N Pals", because they didn't focus on the X-men, but on Wolverine's interaction with the other characters. My expectations of this movie were not based on the comics themselves, but on the previous movie storylines. I knew in my heart that Hollywood would somehow find a way to rape the image of one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe, Deadpool. So when "Weapool 11" popped up at the end I wasn't even surprised they would do something that silly. I read an interview a long time ago that about X-men 1 that the producers had to fight to have Cyclops wear the visor because the director didn't like it. So, I am not surprised nor bothered by the fact that these Hollywood interpretations don't have a clue about how these characters should be handled. I did like the previous movies (except 3), and understand that this is merely a diferent interpretation of these characters.
Wolverine Origins or, "Wolverine 'N Pals 4; how this mess began", is a very entertaining movie. But it fails to deliver a comprehensible story line. A lot of the story doesn't make any sense. The movie,( as you might be have been clued to know), is about Wolverines origins, its shows you where he came from and how his powers manifested, leading to spending a long part of his life with his half brother Sabertooth, whom we were introduced to in the 1st X-men. After many adventures and wars, the pair ends up joining a military group of people with superpowers led by Stryker. On one of the missions, Wolverine angered by Sabertooth's actions leaves the group to pursue a nicer lifestyle. This is when he falls in love with Silverfox and the pair lives happily for a while. Many years later Sabertooth comes back in a killing rampage taking out some old members of Stryker's group, and Wolverine's love is killed during this. To get his revenge, Wolverine agrees to have done on him an experimental procedure that with give him metal plated bones.
Not bad right? Love, family, betrayal and revenge. All the stuff to make a great story. This is where it doesn't add up. For those of you that don't want "Spoilers" please don't read, as I might give away some plot details.
-After wolverine finds Silverfox dead, Wolverine a veteran of many wars, doesn't check to make sure she is in fact dead? Why did he leave her body there in the field? Couldnt't his enhanced smell detect the fake blood? Was it her manipulation power that convinced him to just move on instead of taking her to a medic.
-If she can manipulate people by touch, how the hell didn't she manipulate Stryker in letting her sister or any of the other kids go? She spends 7 years of her life with Wolvie and doesn't manipulate him, and indestructible man, to kill Stryker? Was she having to much fun maybe?
-After Wolverine has adamantium put on his bones and escapes to visit the "Kents", why on earth would Stryker send Maverick with a rifle to shoot a man that can't die with metal bones? Was he going to shoot through an eyeball from a helicopter? He missed pretty badly by the way, twice. Superman gonna be angry when he goes home to visit.
-Its revealed that Silverfox wasn't killed by Sabertooth yet after Sabertooth saves Wolverine from falling off the cooling tower, Wolverine tells him "this doesn't change anything". Why? She's not dead. She fooled you. He saves you from falling and having your butt kicked but Weapon 11, why the hell are you still mad at him?
-Stryker failed to wipe Wolverine's memories so the solution is to shoot a guy with metal on his skull on his head? How the hell does that work? How did he know it would work?
-Why did the most powerful telepath (Professor X) not control someone inside the 3 mile island release the kids? Why wait 7 years and then help. Why didn't he do that stop time thing from the previous movies so he can save the kids? Where was Magneto? Doesnt he care about abused mutant kids? (One of the restrained kids looked like Quicksilver, who is Magnetos son in the comics)
-How come those kids couldn't get away on their own? What was that chain link fence cage they were in made of? Adamantium?
-Why was Gambit hanging out in a casino, when he knew he was being looked for by Stryker? How was it that Stryker can't find him in a long time and yet Wolverine finds him in a day? Maybe Stryker didn't want him anymore. Maybe they couldn't persuade the Blob to talk?
-Why add the scene in the end where Stryker is going to be arrested for his crimes, when we well know that he was a high ranking military official in X-men 2?
Well these are most of the plot points from the movie that just don't make any sense. It's ok for an action movie to be extremely silly and self referential in that way. For example in Transformers when they have the teen kid take the cube and the alien so they can hide in the populated city, one of the characters mentions how dumb that idea is. They make no excuses in this movie, and just because it's "supposed" to be a dumb action movie, there is no justification for the producers of this movie to assume their viewers are idiots, and won't care about a story plot that doesn't make any sense. Which, apparently they are correct because this movie made a boatload of cash. I will not act like there is nothing wrong with this movie just because it's flashy and has lost of explosions.
In my arrogant opinion, it's a onetime watcher. This is not a boring movie by far, yes, it's a lot of fun and tons of action and the movie's cast was really great. But the story is convoluted and nonsensical, it seems to take the audience for granted. So, if you want to enjoy this mess, just ignore the entire story and watch the shiny stuff happening on screen.
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Initial post: Aug 11, 2009 8:56:44 AM PDT
Excellent review! I'm still debating about seeing it on DVD. After reading your review, I might Netflix this one. I was disappointed with X-3 and wondered why Wolverine needed yet another origin story. (Wasn't his origin covered in the first movie?) I was excited about the way the film was cast and was going to go to it opening night. But then the bad reviews began . . .
Posted on Aug 12, 2009 6:22:12 PM PDT
K. D. Kaczor says:
I agree, great review. I really wasn't into any of the x-men movies, and i read the comics a lot, too. I hated the fact that Deadpool died in the end of the movie...I'm like...this doesn't match up with the comics at all. I might rent the DVD, not buy it. I'm also waiting for a real x-men movie where there's some real R-rated gore and violence. I mean...he has unbreakable metal claws, but they always keep the movies PG-13 with no gore. Hollywood strikes again.
Posted on Sep 1, 2009 1:24:12 AM PDT
D. O. Hofsess says:
In total agreement, except for the rating. I'd go with 1.5.
Posted on Sep 5, 2009 6:19:01 AM PDT
D. Bartol says:
Wait.....you didn't like the previous movies, EXCEPT 3??? That was by far the worst one of the bunch
Posted on Sep 6, 2009 5:27:14 PM PDT
Solomon Thomas Raabe says:
The same guy that directed X1 directed Superman returns, and in the commentary talked about seeing "cyclops's" eyes, and while I can't say if another director would've done a better job, he actually said in one of the X-men movie commentaries that he does'nt read comics, I just thought, "what the hell, another director that will think that their interpretation of the comic's canon is more important than the established story line.....and he does'nt disapoint.
Posted on Sep 8, 2009 8:06:23 PM PDT
M. Brandon says:
Don't forget how they made Cyclops' optic blasts into heat lasers when they were always only a concussive force. FOX movies suck.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2009 8:34:08 PM PDT
K. D. Kaczor says:
true. i hate all hollywood comic book movies.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2009 9:02:59 PM PDT
Oops! He said he liked them EXCEPT for number 3. I had to reread that line myself, as I first thought "hey, that was the crappiest one!" Whew, the world makes sense again!
Posted on Sep 16, 2009 9:20:06 AM PDT
J. Roller says:
Hey. It's just a movie kid. Can't think when I have seen a movie/TV show that I did not find something completely illogical. Unfortunately they have to make movies that stand alone for people who are not familular with the characters.
Posted on Sep 17, 2009 5:42:40 AM PDT
Ugur Galatali says:
I agree with J. Roller where he says "they have to make movies that stand alone for people who are not familiar with the characters". But that doesn't mean they have to drift far away from the source material. I still have trouble watching Spiderman 1 because the character shoots web from his wrist. Spiders do not shoot web from their wrists, if the director wanted to be anatomically correct, he should have used another body part. I can only accept these incarnations as an alternate universe counterparts.