Sean Fenwick / The Recorder
After X-Men 3 few people had any hopes for there being another X-Men movie. Likewise, many viewed Fox as the devil for destroying what the previous two films set up. X-Men Origins: Wolverine tells us who Logan was before his memory was taken from him.
The recent trend in comic-book movies is realism. The Dark Knight showed everyone how realistic the super hero world can be, X-Men Origins: Wolverine does not. This movie is over the top from beginning to end, there is seldom a moment when you stop and ponder if that could really happen. Sitting through this movie is like reading a comic book, there are explosions every few seconds and tough guys jumping out of helicopters.
Fox spared no expense in putting as many mutants they could in Wolverine. Hugh Jackman returns to the roll as Wolverine – no big surprise there. The real surprise was Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth/Victor Creed.
Schreiber exploded with feral rage every second he was on the screen. The character of Sabretooth was always an animal and this film decided to go a different route. We see an intelligent killing machine that as vicious as he is smart.
Another actor who shined in his role was Danny Huston as William Stryker. The X2 Stryker was an old man with a vendetta for all mutants. Huston shows us a completely sane human being who slowly loses his mind and becomes the typical mad scientist bent on destruction.
Ryan Reynolds shines as the merc with the mouth Wade Wilson/Deadpool.
As for the rest of the cast everyone is a spot on embodiment of all their mutant characters.
Directed by Gavin Hood (famous for his award winning Tsoti) X-Men Origins’ plot moves along pretty fast but doesn’t feel rushed in anyway. Besides a few moneymaker shots that we all saw in the trailers and TV spots (Wolverine rising from the tank looking extremely pissed) this isn’t exactly a break through for Hood.
The action in X-Men Origins is over the top. Mutant powers are used in full force and look great. The fights between Wolverine and Sabretooth are nothing short of epic and relentless. It may sound like I think this movie is perfect but that’s not the case.
One of the biggest problems in this movie was the bad computer-generated imagery. That’s right, a big budget action movie with a star studded cast and Hugh Jackman has bad CGI.
For some reason the simplest scenes had the worst effects. There is a scene where Logan is getting used to his new claws and it is obvious that the claws aren’t there. It astounds me that the first X-Men movie, that was made almost a decade ago, had better computer effects then this one.
As a huge X-Men fan my only concern was that this movie was better than X3, and it is. Perhaps not the best comic book movie ever made, but the best movie that looks and feels like a comic book.