Posted on 6/07/09 11:12 AM
Hugh Jackman seems somewhat at home with his character in the first blockbuster of the summer, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. However, many of the new characters fall flat or aren't given enough screen time, and the plot they follow is borderline ridiculous.
X-Men Origins tells the story of the rise of Wolverine and how his rivalry with his brother Sabretooth came to be. So, basically, they put Logan through hell (which he revives from easily) and then they end the movie. This brings me to the first problem; Wolverine just seems too powerful and too cliche in this movie, I can't count how many times he held his arms out and screamed or how many times he walked out of an explosion unscathed. It makes a character considerably less interesting when he has no weaknesses, at least in the more recent X-Men, even in the third, Magneto could manipulate him because of his adamantium bone structure and that was the main threat. When a hero's not vulnerable, whats the point of even having an enemy in the movie, it's just a reason for a bunch of explosions and preposterous action scenes. I will say that most of the action scenes are well-done and their are some noteworthy sequences; one involving a few hummers and a helecopter, and another on top of some sort of reactor tower of with a certain villain that will probably make comic fans scoff, but I liked it.
Another problem with 'Wolverine' is its lack of character development, Wolverine is established well, but all of the other characters get about two seconds of screen time. Ryan Reynolds is probably the best of the bunch, but again, is only used for a very small part of the movie. Logan's girlfriend is actually used more than all of the other mutants, and her character is very poorly acted, she even delivers that one classic line "I'm..so cold..", and it's the most cringe-worthy moment in the whole film. I know this movie's not trying to get an oscar, but it would help to put some more work into the characters and be a little more faithful to the source material.
The plot of 'Wolverine' is also a mess, mainly because it tries to throw in a bunch of implausible twists and curve-balls of which most are expected, and the ones that aren't are just stupid because of how inconceivable they are. One thing I will say for 'Wolverine' though, is that it's a popcorn movie through and through; it will provide the thrills, the laughs and some actual tastes of Wolverine's character as he once was in the first two X-Men movies. It's also nice to have Wolverine as the main focus; watching him go through the procedure of having adamantium put into his bone structure and then destroying everything in his path, although stupid, is pretty fun to watch.
As a summer blockbuster, Wolverine works, as a faithful character study with a conceivable plot, it does not. The movie is a piece of fluff that will make a ton of money at the box office and will is fun to watch with a group of friends, whether you're actually enjoying it, or ripping it apart because of how crazy and stupid it is. Either way you look at it, it's a diversion and it's fun, that's all.