We dive into the past of the X-Men’s Wolverine and explore just what kind of life he had before he lost his memories and joined the iconic group.
X-Men Origins: The Wolverine, directed by Gavin Hood, is a deafening slap to the face to X-Men purists or anyone that is familiar to the X-Men stories. But not just an ordinary slap to the face; I’m talking “someone thought it would be funny to slap you as hard as possible in the face with a frozen Tuna” kind of slap to the face. The film betrays the original stories to the point where I wondered if the production team had even heard of the X-Men or did they truly believe that they had an opportunity to re-create the character Wolverine. Maybe someone who wasn’t familiar with the X-Men would enjoy the film or perhaps someone who only focuses on any other aspect other than the story itself. Though I imagine if you were to ask that same person what they thought about the movie afterwards he or she would say “I like the camera angles.”
Within the first few moments of the film the re-imagining of Logan becomes evident as Logan obtains claws made of bone. On top of that, the opening is confusing and over dramatic as Logan obtains his claws after seeing the dead body of his perceived father, shouts to the sky in dramatic fashion, gets angry, and uses his newly obtained bone claws to kill the guy that turns out to be Logan’s real father after just meeting him seconds before. All within three and half minutes. Yeah, quite a bit there isn’t it? Afterwards he does what any young boy who just killed his father after seconds of meeting him, he goes on the run with his brother and starts fighting in wars. By the way, the man that turns becomes Sabertooth, Logan’s rival from Magneto’s brother hood, is his brother in this movie.
After going through the years together, Logan (Hugh Jackman) and Victor (Liev Schreiber) eventually get recruited into a special forces unit where Logan meets Stryker (Danny Huston) for the first time. Together, along with a select group of mutants, they travel from place to place killing innocent people in search of a special kind of material. Logan decides to call it quits and six years later he lives on the top of mountain in the middle of nowhere in small cabin with a woman. Whether they are married or not is unclear, but hey they’re in love and that’s what matters. At least until Victor and Stryker decide to hunt him down and ruin everything. Some people just can’t stand other people’s happiness. Afterwards, Logan makes a deal with Stryker to get the jump on Victor, and it then when we see the wolverine born. Oh and for anyone familiar with deadpool, he shows up toward the end as an amalgamation of mutants that resembles a mild version of Baraka from Mortal Kombat when he fights.
Overall, there are too many ideas presented in the film that not only conflict with the earlier X-Men and X2 films, but present the story in a bad light. When adapting a story with iconic characters that has a large fan base there is bound to be some backlash from said fan base if key elements as to why they like those characters or stories in the first place are drastically changed. Like Deadpool for example. Additionally, there is little to no point in an origin story or prequel if the story does not add up to the original films. There are moments sprinkled throughout the film that indicate some of the X-Men members have been involved with Logan or Professor X a lot earlier than first believed, but are not acknowledged within the original films. The film tries too hard to be a great one full of drama, tragedy, and twists. But in doing so it comes off as bad. But hey, I like the camera angles.
Release Date: May 1, 2009
Starring: Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Will.I.Am
Director: Gavin Hood
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Action/Adventure / Thriller
Runtime: 107 mins
Official Website: www.foxmovies.com/movies/x-men-wolverine
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IMDB Page: @XMenOrigins
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B.A | Japanese | San Diego State Univ.
My name is Eddieson. I’m an open minded dreamer that likes to look for new opportunities, experiences, and challenges in life to make things a bit more interesting. After graduating from San Diego State University with a Japanese degree and minor in Business, I landed an office job in Shinjuku, Japan where I dealt with online marketing matters as well as content creation. Though I come from an international business background I could never escape the alluring call of an emotionally manipulating story, regardless of the medium, that could turn the toughest body builder into a two year old child watching The Muppets and eating “pig newtons”. So long as the story is well done it doesn’t matter to me whether it’s presented as a comic, video game, anime, book, movie, or even an interpretive dance with bananas and jello. After some intense independent study I have not only been more than inspired to join the industry, but brought to a point where I wonder why I gave up pursuing this stuff in college and turned to a course of pulling my hair out before each exam. Regardless, I love stories and hope to be presented with the opportunity to tell my own; most likely through writing. With a fire in my heart and goals set I am actively gaining skills each day to hopefully one day help others in their endeavors as well as achieve my own dreams. |Instagram @BlaEddieBla| View My Articles
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