X-Men Origins: Wolverine

All too often in movies we get a story told, characters presented, and events unfolding only to wonder: How did it all begin? X-Men Origins sets out to provide the critical back story for Wolverine, Sabertooth, and several other mutants, some of whom make their first appearances on screen for us this time around. We all got a bit of a glimpse into this in the original X-Men movie, and anyone following the comics they're all based on is probably familiar with it. Wolverine being the product of a terrible government experimental weapons program. However, his story has a lot more too it. Origins goes clear back to his childhood and the traumatic events leading to both he and Sabertooth becoming what they are today. Prequels don't often work out well due to plot inconsistencies and liberties taken, but from appearances, none of that took place this time. Everything held together very well, even though as I was watching it I found myself wondering if someone had made a really big mistake somewhere. I'll leave it at saying that no, unless I've missed something, there's no mistake :)

This movie has all of the excellent action scenes one might expect with Wolverine and Sabertooth dominating nearly all of them, after all, the story was about them. Several of the stunts may have been a bit cliche, but then we HAVE seen everything already in other movies, yes? For the action hungry you won't be left lacking. Especially fight scenes, which I know we all love.

Several new characters were introduced who I don't recall having seen again later, such as Blob, Gambit, and some guy with teleporting powers. Again, this shouldn't be anything new to anyone remotely familiar with X-Men lore and I doubt I'm spoiling much of anything to say that they were there since they never made further appearances later in the timeline. There are also some who show up later on in the trilogy.

One particular scene, on an island ( I won't say which ), turns out to be a Hollywood explanation for a particular real-life event that took place in 1979. It isn't made terribly apparent in the movie that this is when the bulk of the events take place. Once you see it though, those of you old enough to remember it will get one of those "OH *THAT* island" moments. Hell, I probably already gave you too much as it is :)

This movie is a very promising opening to the upcoming summer season. I highly recommend it. Especially for fans of X-Men lore that don't follow the comics. A whole lot is revealed which causes things in the trilogy to make a great deal more sense. BTW, stay through the credits, there's teaser material.

On the horizon:

May 8: Star Trek - Recent TV spots have given me some reason to doubt where they're going with this one. Something feels "off" about it. Maybe I'm just being overly critical, but... I dunno. I guess I'll find out next week.

May 21: Terminator Salvation - Still very much on the fence about this one. Saw a new trailer in the theater and there are indications that they may simply have introduced a new element to the story which didn't exist before, much like they've done with the last 2 movies, so there may be some explanation for why Conner has no idea what they're dealing with. I don't know yet if I'm going to go see this one or not.

June 5: Land of the Lost - Having been a big fan of the series as a child and hearing about plans to make a movie I'd already figured on going to see this. However, now that I've learned that Will Ferrell is playing the role of Will Marshal, I can safely say I'll not set foot anywhere near the building that day. What a travesty to have turned a great, if campy, series into a steaming pile of complete shit.

June 26: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - Well if it's as good as the first, I'm there. And from the quick look of things, lots more transformers on screen this time.

July 27: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - I wasn't much into the series before but having watched them on DVD I'll probably end up in the theaters for this.

And sometime in August: District 9 - Saw the trailer for this today. It looks interesting, and Phil Jackson is behind it. Initial impression was sort of a cross between Alien Nation and The Arrival. If you happen to see the trailer you'll know why. I just hope having it discussed in the same sentence as Cloverfield isn't some kind of ominous warning to avoid it.
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

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Posted on May 2, 2009 12:35 am by Samson in: | 3 comment(s) [Closed]
Sounds pretty good to me, I'd been waiting somewhat eagerly for this movie already anyway, now I suppose I'll have to try to find a way to get to see it before it comes to video...

The newest Star Trek installment - I'm a little disappointed that they appear to have decided to take us back to the original Star Trek crew's academy days this time rather than continue the saga for us, but it is still part of the franchise so I'm sure I'll be there to see how it plays out.

The newest Terminator installment - I haven't changed my opinion on this one, I got bored with the Terminator franchise back in the early 90s... no offense to fans intended.

Land of the Lost - I'm not sure why casting Will Ferrell is such a bad thing right off-hand, so perhaps I'll be able to let you know how the movie was instead of the other way around this time. ;)

The Transformers sequel - I'm looking forward to it too. :)

The latest Harry Potter movie - considering the original time line for this series, this one is long overdue. Having actually enjoyed all the books in the series as much as my kids did, I'll definately be checking out this movie and adding it to my existing Harry Potter book & movie collection even if they completely botch the movie this time given that they're having to replace the actor who played Albus for this one...

District 9 - hadn't heard of this one at all yet, guess I'll have to look into it some before I cast an opinion.

"See you at the movies!" ;)

Because Will Ferrell is one of those slapstick comic idiots who thinks he's actually funny and casting him in the lead role, with the promo posters looking the way they do has chased me off of going to see that one.

Ah, I see. You're expecting him to turn the Marshall plight of trying to survive while attempting to find a way back into a simpleton's comedy routine instead of the cute and campy story it was back in the 70s. Hopefully you'll be proven wrong, but the original show would need a serious overhaul to make it as a modern movie one way or another so I won't hold my breath that Hollywood suddenly matured on this one for us. (Thanks for cleaning up my accidental double post btw.)

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