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Category Icon 05-03-2009, 04:52 PM
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Yesterday I watched the prequel to the X-Men trilogy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While I watched it I was not bored, and the 7 rating I gave it is about 3 points of Hugh Jackman in a tank top. But during the movie, and after leaving the theater, many plot holes, continuity issues, and unnecessary scenes / people became clear.

From the very beginning, scenes were "shoehorned" into the movie just to make fanbois cheer. But the audience actually snickered at the young "James Howlett" raging over a dead body -- apparently his first rage. The short scene that followed was unrealistic; however, the opening montage of James and Victor Creed (Sabretooth) fighting in wars from Civil through Vietnam, was cool. Again, I wasn't bored with the film; the action was sufficient to keep my interest. But looking back, much of it was not believable. It was almost like they had a result they needed to get to -- Wolverine getting adamantium, Wolverine losing his memory -- and wrote the script to achieve that goal ("wait, he volunteered for the experiment! Remember X-2? Write it that way), rather than simply writing a good story.

As far as characterization goes, they seem to have de-clawed Wolverine; he's by far the nicest boy scout in the entire movie, which is a bit jarring. Liev Schreiber was excellent as Victor Creed (although he really looks nothing like Sabretooth), and Ryan Reynolds didn't get nearly enough screen time as Deadpool. I hate to disappoint Gambit fans, but there was absolutely no reason for him to be in the movie at all. Every scene he was in was contrived and essentially screamed at the audience, "Look, it's Gambit!" His obligatory fight scene happens for no reason whatsoever. And the actor's performance was less than stellar for those expecting a "Ragin' Cajun" or even someone with a New Orleans accent. I won't spoil the rest by listing all the other mutant cameos.

I also won't spoil the gaping inconsistencies since they're vital to the plot. And although I did nothing but criticize it here, I did enjoy it and would probably purchase it. But that's because I'm a fan of the character. People wanting to see the movie for any other character except Wolverine and Sabretooth will be disappointed.


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