X-Men Origins: Wolverine | Gavin Hood, 2009
I like every X-Men movie that had come out before before Wolverine, even the third one that gets much maligned for being a step down from the great X2. So, I was really looking forward to this. I skipped it when it came to theaters because of the reviews and the previous were awful. So, to my surprise this was not as bad as I thought it would be. It isn’t good, but not bad.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is, as the title suggests, an origin story. It follows Logan (Hugh Jackman) from his childhood, through all the american wars of the 1900s, to the present day when he joins a special team of mutants for the army. He’s the best of his team, but he gets tired of killing people so he quits, but since he is the best, they are not going to let him off that easy. Things happen that turn him into the Wolverine we all know and love, then there’s action and explosions, and then more pointless action and explosions. And then we are back to the beginning.
There are two things that nearly killed the movie. One was the script. It is full of cheesy one-lines (some quite fun though), and characters but the writers did not take the time to develop them more. They are just there to arouse interest among the masses so that when their movie comes out it’ll be a hit. Then there is the direction. Gavin Hood won an Oscar for his movie Tsotsi, but he brings nothing new to the table. He pretty much transfers the words on the script come alive, and that is not a good thing. His work here is sloppy. No good director would have settled with how the movie was shaping up, even though there obviously was studio interference here, as with every FOX movie.
With that said, the movie was quite fun at times, mostly because of Hugh Jackman, Liev Shriver, Danny Huston, and Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds is only in the movie for like two minutes, but he delivers.
Had it not been for some of the actors involved, this movie would have been a disaster. Hopefully the next one will be better, but with it being relesed by FOX I doubt it, but I can hope.