X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Posted: May 20, 2009 in Uncategorized
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Went to see this on Saturday as part of a guys’ night out. These days, the thought of relaxing in front of a good movie for a couple of hours is more attractive than painting the town red; fortunately, this turned out to be quite a good movie. It’s essentially the prequel to the X-Men trilogy, focusing on everyone’s favourite member of the clan, Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman), and telling the story of the discovery of his powers and the path that led to him being infused with adamantium.

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The movie leans more towards the action side of things rather than the layered complexity that we saw in The Dark Knight and is definitely focused on the chief character and his trials rather than introducing broader issues of alienation and discrimination that were the ambition of the original trilogy. For all that, though, it’s eminently enjoyable and cracks along at a fair pace. Jackman, who knows the character inside out by now, plays his role really well and the story brings quite a lot of pathos to Wolverine. He’s ably supported by Liev Schreiber, playing his brother-become-arch-enemy Sabretooth, and the interactions between the two are some of the highlights of the movie. I thought the William Stryker character (Danny Huston) was a little underplayed and failed to come across as menacing enough even though he was effectively the chief villain of the film. The other star of the movie was of course, special effects, and these did a great job, with high octane stunts and scenes abounding; you’ll be much more satisfied if you go along with this in mind rather than complex storylines and character portrayals.

All in all, glad I went to see it, even if I admit to my enjoyment being enhanced due to a real fondness for superhero movies. I’d give it a solid 7.5/10.

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