I’ve always been a DC fan. Sure, I knew about Marvel and its characters, and I’ve read a few titles throughout my life and even seen some of the cartoons. But I always came back to DC. Once Marvel opened the cinematic gates of their world via a major summer movie with “X-Men” in 2000, I’ve been hungry to know more about these characters and the world of the mutants. Today I had the opportunity to watch “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and saw a bit more about this world and Logan himself.
I’ll admit that I don’t know the exact details and history of Wolverine, so I have to be honest and say that I don’t know if this movie is accurate or not. I can say however that I enjoyed this movie very much and feel like I know more about Logan and what drives him and his actions. We know from the first movie that a person’s mutation usually reveals itself when the person is under extreme distress. It seems this would be the case with Logan himself. The film begins with us discovering how he comes to know that he is not like most people. It was very reminiscent of Magneto’s origin show in the first movie. I really felt an emotional connection with the young Logan and the struggle going on in his head. Hugh Jackman bears his claws with just as much ease as the previous films. No one can deny that he IS “Wolverine”, and has made a fully realized character of this iconic mutant. This movie shows us more of his humanity than ever before, and not just the mutation he possesses.
We also learn more about Sabretooth, as played here by Liev Schreiber. This is certainly a better portrayal than we saw in the original film. Back then he was made out to be a mindless soldier, unable to think for himself, and who simply was a wild animal who was tamed by Magneto. In this movie, he is cunning, hungry for power, fast, possesses extreme strength, and who shares more with Logan than we ever knew previously. He shares a bond and history with Logan that has affected both of their lives and the direction each has chosen to go with their actions. The thing I enjoy most about this movie is the portrayal of both these characters and the scenes they share together.
There are a couple of other strong performances including Danny Huston as William Stryker and Lynn Collins as Logan’s love interest Kayla Silverfox. Stryker is much younger than the last time we saw him in the second movie, but the part that he plays in Wolverine life is fleshed out and is the primary focus of the plot. I felt that the continuity of the second film is continued in this one including the production design of the Weapon X program lab and they have kept the key plot plots brought out from before. His primary weapon to use against Wolverine is Silverfox herself. The story told about Wolverine, Sabretooth, Silverfox and Stryker are the highlights of this film.
The few issues I have with this movie are the sheer number of characters that have been incorporated in the plotline. There are simply too many people to juggle and try to give any kind of character development. Granted, some of these characters are incredibly cool like Gambit, Deadpool and the Blob, however there simply isn’t enough time to flesh out all of these characters and do them any justice.
There are some incredible action pieces in the film that fully utilize all of the abilities of the various characters, however I really wish they had stuck with the story of just Wolverine, his role in the Weapon X project, the past he shares with Sabretooth and the his relationship with Silverfox. However, I think this is a much stronger film than the previous X-Men film and I really think that with more character development fewer characters, a line of origin films could be incredibly insightful and entertaining. If you’ve enjoyed the world of mutants and want to enjoy two hours in a theater, I recommend going to see Wolverine and learn a little more about what makes him tick.
A. Renfro – http://blog.comicbookculture.net