X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
AUGUST 3, 2013
In the first of the origin series, we follow the most exciting character, Logan, aka the Wolverine, played brilliantly yet again by the talented Hugh Jackman, who has wholly embodied this role from the beginning. The writers of this X-Men endeavor do not skimp on the details as we follow Logan back to when he was a child. We learn his back story, his connection to half-brother Sabretooth (recast as Liev Shreiber), and how he becomes the adamantium-infused monster at the hands of Col. Stryker (Danny Huston this time around). Although the recasting does wonders for the series’s performances, changing preexisting characters used in previous films does absolutely nothing for the film’s continuity.
At times bombarded with mutants, we meet Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), John Wraith (will.i.am), The Blob (Kevin Durand), and Bradley (Dominic Monaghan). None of this incredibly talented ensemble cast can help the fact that the screenplay is not well-written. With not much chemistry between the actors, there’s little to latch onto for the audience. Add wasting the high-profile character Deadpool, and you see how the film fails. However, bringing Hugh Jackman on board keeps this film afloat and delivers an entertaining albeit pretentious glimpse into the world of the X-Men. Somehow I have the feeling that the individual origin films will stop where they started.
May 1, 2009
by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita Sr.
20th Century Fox
(for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity)
Nicolas De Toth
Lauren Shuler Donner