REVIEW: ‘X-Men Origins Wolverine’

Cast:
Hugh Jackman
Liev Schreiber
Danny Huston
Will i Am
Lynn Collins
Rated: PG-13

Well, it was better than “Last Stand.”

Rather than another sequel, “Origins” serves as a prequel to the first three movies, displaying the backstory of Logan, also known as Wolverine (Jackman). The movie begins with Logan’s youth in Canada where he discovers his powers and runs away from his family with his brother Sabertooth (Schreiber).

After running away, the film follows their lives through various wars before being recruited by the U.S. government for special missions with other mutants.

Most superhero movies, even the “X-Men” films follow fairly standard formulas. “Origins” breaks the trend, which helps and hinders it at times. The problems arise from the movie biting off a little more than it can chew, including everything from how Wolverine got his claws, to how he had a marriage and even a quest for revenge.

This all leads to a movie that feels rather disjointed and incoherent. But with that said, the movie does at least flow as a basic action movie, and Wolverine is the perfect character for that setting. There are some fun moments here and watching Wolverine get to do some fighting with his claws was entertaining.

Jumping off that point, Jackman once again returns as the mutant with metal claws and like always, he nails the role. In all of the movies, Jackman plays the grumpy character with a short temper but a heart of gold to perfection, and here is no different. Despite some issues, Jackman always seems to make Wolverine endearing.

The supporting cast was rather forgettable, though. Schreiber’s Sabertooth was unconvincing, as if he wasn’t taking the role seriously. Plus, Ryan Reynolds is majorly wasted here as Deadpool.

The action was likable here in multiple scenes, with Wolverine able to unleash some carnage. However, the film does feature some lackluster special effects here and there.

This was an OK film that has just enough entertainment value. It’s not the best “X-Men” movie, and it’s not the best comic book movie, but it is an alright action flick. Nothing overly special. 2.5 out of 5

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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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