Summer Blockbusters Quick Review - X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Summertime's here, which means that major movie studios will be flooding cinemas with their big-budget, sometimes long-awaited blockbusters.  Being the movie buff that I am, I'll try and see most of these blockbuster movies and give you, the reader, a quick review of them.  However, please keep in mind that this is my own personal opinion and that it might not reflect your own.  I'm just trying to help you out, you know.

First movie review of this feature goes to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  I had been anticipating this movie ever since they announced it and couldn't wait for it's release.  Wolverine is one of my favorite Superheroes (with Spidey being my favorite) and I was hoping for a decent depiction of his origins.  On that account, director Gavin Hood did a pretty good job.  From fighting in all the major wars alongside his brother Victor (a.k.a. Sabertooth) to his final confrontation with Weapon XI (X-Men aficionados might know who that is), everything is done very well and honors the source material from the comics pretty well.  Hugh Jackman does a spectacular job once again as our titular character.  As for the rest of the cast... well, let's just say that there's nothing to write home about here, aside from Ryan Reynolds, who does a very decent job as the decadent and somewhat insane Deadpool.

Speaking of which, I thought there wasn't enough emphasis on some of the other mutants featured in the movie.  Where the hell is Gambit?  I mean, we see him for 10 minutes when he first encounters Wolverine and a little bit in the end, but that's pretty much it.  Same goes for Deadpool, although he does appear more often than his card-throwing counterpart.  There are some great surprises for X-Men fans in the movie however, with special appearances from familiar faces.  All in all, it's a pretty decent popcorn action flick and a great treat for fans of Wolvy and the X-Men legacy.  Oh, by the way, you should stay until the end of the credits.  There's a pretty neat little scene which will definitely make fans smile broadly.

Theater or Rental?: Theater
Score?: 7 / 10

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Posted by DBoy

Summertime's here, which means that major movie studios will be flooding cinemas with their big-budget, sometimes long-awaited blockbusters.  Being the movie buff that I am, I'll try and see most of these blockbuster movies and give you, the reader, a quick review of them.  However, please keep in mind that this is my own personal opinion and that it might not reflect your own.  I'm just trying to help you out, you know.

First movie review of this feature goes to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  I had been anticipating this movie ever since they announced it and couldn't wait for it's release.  Wolverine is one of my favorite Superheroes (with Spidey being my favorite) and I was hoping for a decent depiction of his origins.  On that account, director Gavin Hood did a pretty good job.  From fighting in all the major wars alongside his brother Victor (a.k.a. Sabertooth) to his final confrontation with Weapon XI (X-Men aficionados might know who that is), everything is done very well and honors the source material from the comics pretty well.  Hugh Jackman does a spectacular job once again as our titular character.  As for the rest of the cast... well, let's just say that there's nothing to write home about here, aside from Ryan Reynolds, who does a very decent job as the decadent and somewhat insane Deadpool.

Speaking of which, I thought there wasn't enough emphasis on some of the other mutants featured in the movie.  Where the hell is Gambit?  I mean, we see him for 10 minutes when he first encounters Wolverine and a little bit in the end, but that's pretty much it.  Same goes for Deadpool, although he does appear more often than his card-throwing counterpart.  There are some great surprises for X-Men fans in the movie however, with special appearances from familiar faces.  All in all, it's a pretty decent popcorn action flick and a great treat for fans of Wolvy and the X-Men legacy.  Oh, by the way, you should stay until the end of the credits.  There's a pretty neat little scene which will definitely make fans smile broadly.

Theater or Rental?: Theater
Score?: 7 / 10

Posted by Gearhead

I thought Will i Am was pretty good. I would give it a 6 out of 10. 

Posted by Tru3_Blu3

I heard the movie was pretty bad by most of the critics. Not going to watch it.

Posted by DBoy

Tru3_Blu3: If you listen to what critics have to say before selecting which movie to see, I honestly pity you.

Posted by ElectricHaggis

I went to see the movie on friday and, for the most part, enjoyed it.  There was some dodgy stuff in there for sure though (one being a sudden and short-lived tone change involving Blob).

Posted by JamesF

I'll probably just wait for it to come out on rental. Nothing really compels me enough in this movie to go pay more money to see it now. If it was the next X-Men movie, that would be a different story...

Edited by Tru3_Blu3

Dennis-

Here's the thing, man. I don't want to waste 6 bucks on a horribly structured movie that could've been so much better. Super hero movies like Iron Man and TDK should be enough to teach the idiotic script writers on how to make a comic book movie. A movie where the director and the screenwriter put their heart in soul in a movie deserve all the money in my pocket. But if a movie development team just makes a random movie based upon a well-known series or character just to get some money in their pockets makes me pity the movie itself.

Sorry lad, but just because the movie has "Wolverine" on it doesn't mean it's going to be good. Story structure FTW.

Posted by Everyones_A_Critic

Despite the poor reviews from critics I still want to see this one...Hopefully this weekend.

Posted by lordofultima

No interest in this movie, but my taste in movies is ridiculously varied, and I tend to like movies that a lot of people find awful -- so when someone says a movie is "bad," I'm usually all about it son!

Posted by JonnyAvacado

Good review Denis..being a movie buff as well, I liked your opinions.  I thought Deadpool's design was somewhat  bad, mostly because it differed so greatly from the source material.  Ryan Reynolds character work as DeadPool was spot on though.  Definitely needed more Gambit.  I thought that certain mutants, mostly Emma Frost, should have had more screen time.  She is one of my favorites from the comics...

Absolutely agreed about the scene after the credits...great stuff!

Posted by Bruce

Star Trek!