Adamantium Bullets and You

MV5BMTI2MTgyNjExM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzU4MjkyMg@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_With the trailer for the The Wolverine being released recently, my excitement slowly builds for the film. Now, I don’t hide my disdain for X-Men Origins: Wolverine in the slightest. I think it’s a cash grab film of the highest order, something churned out by Fox to make money during the writer’s strike. Even Hugh Jackman agrees with me. But now, in light of the release of the sequel’s trailer, I’m going to do something I never thought I could: I’m going to find some positive things about X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Now, the plot is a complete mess, so that’s out. But there are some good performances in it, namely from Hugh Jackman and Liev Schrieber, who’s extremely underrated as Victor Creed/Sabretooth, a character who doesn’t even go by his mutant name in this film if memory serves.  When you look at these two, it’s clear that they were giving their all, and it makes me even more angry that the movie wasn’t better to accommodate these performances. Schrieber looks like he’s having a lot of fun in the role, and I hope he gets another shot at playing Creed in the near future (maybe even as a cameo this summer). As for Jackman, what else is there to say about him that can’t already be said? At this point, he can play the part in his sleep, and he clearly did his best with what he was given (not to mention getting into insane shape to play the character), but unfortunately, even great performances couldn’t save this movie.

The use of Deadpool in the movie is a well-worn topic that doesn’t even need to be brought up again, other than to say this: Ryan Reynolds was perfect in the first ten minutes, then disappeared into some Mortal Kombat  Baraka reject. So instead let’s talk about how the most interesting part of Origins lasted a whopping 7 minutes: Wolverine and the mutant task force known as “Team X”. Just imagine an entire movie (or a half hour) of “Team X” ransacking places and running black ops missions for Stryker. Not only would it have guaranteed more action, but it would’ve   sold Wolverine’s motivations for leaving the team a lot better than a quick montage and showing us one mission.

The same can be said for the moment Logan gets his adamantium. In the comics, it’s always been implied that Logan was abducted for the experiment, whereas in the movie he signs up for it. Regardless of the fact that we’d already seen glimpses of this in X-Men 2, it kind of rings false that Logan would sign up for the procedure. Yes, it’s still tragic that he finds out he’s duped into the whole thing by the end of the movie (oh, spoilers I guess), but I prefer the comic method, as it sells home the fear that humans have against mutants, and their views of them as different from the rest of them.

I won’t even mention the adamantium bullet that causes his amnesia, mainly because I will go into a berserker rage myself and chuck this keyboard across the room.

There were a lot of things that factored into X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s suckitude. It was in production during the writer’s strike, there was an unproven indie director at the helm, it was leaked a month before release, and was made to make money so Fox could keep their franchise train rolling. But I have faith that the crew behind The Wolverine learned their lesson, and the few glimpses we’ve been shown in the trailer already look better than what was in Origins. And maybe I have been too hard on Origins in recent years.
Nope, just remembered the adamantium bullet.  Seriously, who thought that was a good idea?

 

With the trailer for the The Wolverine being released recently, my excitement slowly builds for the film. Now, I don’t hide my disdain for X-Men Origins: Wolverine in the slightest. I think it’s a cash grab film of the highest order, something churned out by Fox to make money during the writer’s strike. Even Hugh Jackman agrees with me. But now, in light of the release of the sequel’s trailer, I’m going to do something I never thought I could: I’m going to find some positive things about X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Now, the plot is a complete mess, so that’s out. But there are some good performances in it, namely from Hugh Jackman and Liev Schrieber, who’s extremely underrated as Victor Creed/Sabretooth, a character who doesn’t even go by his mutant name in this film if memory serves.  When you look at these two, it’s clear that they were giving their all, and it makes me even more angry that the movie wasn’t better to accommodate these performances. Schrieber looks like he’s having a lot of fun in the role, and I hope he gets another shot at playing Creed in the near future (maybe even as a cameo this summer). As for Jackman, what else is there to say about him that can’t already be said? At this point, he can play the part in his sleep, and he clearly did his best with what he was given (not to mention getting into insane shape to play the character), but unfortunately, even great performances couldn’t save this movie.

The use of Deadpool in the movie is a well-worn topic that doesn’t even need to be brought up again, other than to say this: Ryan Reynolds was perfect in the first ten minutes, then disappeared into some Mortal Kombat  Baraka reject. So instead let’s talk about how the most interesting part of Origins lasted a whopping 7 minutes: Wolverine and the mutant task force known as “Team X”. Just imagine an entire movie (or a half hour) of “Team X” ransacking places and running black ops missions for Stryker. Not only would it have guaranteed more action, but it would’ve   sold Wolverine’s motivations for leaving the team a lot better than a quick montage and showing us one mission.

The same can be said for the moment Logan gets his adamantium. In the comics, it’s always been implied that Logan was abducted for the experiment, whereas in the movie he signs up for it. Regardless of the fact that we’d already seen glimpses of this in X-Men 2, it kind of rings false that Logan would sign up for the procedure. Yes, it’s still tragic that he finds out he’s duped into the whole thing by the end of the movie (oh, spoilers I guess), but I prefer the comic method, as it sells home the fear that humans have against mutants, and their views of them as different from the rest of them.

I won’t even mention the adamantium bullet that causes his amnesia, mainly because I will go into a berserker rage myself and chuck this keyboard across the room.

There were a lot of things that factored into X-Men Origins: Wolverine’s suckitude. It was in production during the writer’s strike, there was an unproven indie director at the helm, it was leaked a month before release, and was made to make money so Fox could keep their franchise train rolling. But I have faith that the crew behind The Wolverine learned their lesson, and the few glimpses we’ve been shown in the trailer already look better than what was in Origins. And maybe I have been too hard on Origins in recent years.

Nope, just remembered the adamantium bullet.  Seriously, who thought that was a good idea?

 

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