|Week 13: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
||[Apr. 29th, 2009|09:32 am]
The Independent Film Forum
The next film up for discussion in The Independent Film Forum will be X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Does Gavin Hood's new superhero flick with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine do justice to the Marvel original? Or was this a film too far for the franchise? Add your comments below and we'll print the best in the paper next week.
Here's a trailer for the film:
This was Empire magazine's underwhelmed response to the film:
"Wolverine is not as hateful as X-Men: The Last Stand, but it’s still a big old mess. Even a brief prologue in 1840s Canada, showing Wolvie and his half-brother Victor Creed (aka Sabretooth) as kids, raises questions that are never answered. Like, why does he stop ageing when he becomes Hugh Jackman? Or, who the Weapon X is his father and why do we care?... Can everyone stop making moody origin stories now, please? While not a disaster, this isn’t the claws-out, rampaging adventure we hoped for. No-one cares where Wolverine found his jacket — a spin-off with him kicking ass in Japan would have been way more fun."
What did you think? Time to have your say.
Is it faithful to the comics? Not entirely but then it was never going to be and we've read enough variations on these themes to be happy with this one. Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine and the appearances by Gambit, Sabretooth, the Blob etc. were equally satifying. It fits well with the continuity of the other films and hopefully will be the first in a terrific new series. Altogether excellent, although I hope to see Deadpool back in the next one.
2009-05-01 08:56 pm (UTC)
Hail the Lycanthropic Love God
What do you get if you mix Michelangelo's David; Mars, Greek God of War; and Edward Scissorhands' distant cousin? You get James Logan - mutant of my dreams - played to perfection by Hugh Jackman. It hasn't escaped me that His Loveliness is sporting the type of facial carpetry that is usually worn by members of Ye Olde Fishermen of the North's annual convention or regular subscribers of 'Sheep Shearing For The 21st Century: Is Dolly The One For You?' but I managed to look beyond the fur and I was pleasantly surprised.
This film has some truly Marvelous digital wizardry and breathtaking landscape scenery. The cinematography is sophisticated for a film of this genre and coupled with the special effects, makes for a truly fantasy-tastic experience. I think I may have been carried away by all the macho posturing of the many and varied duels (it does have enough to challenge an industrial fire station in Manly Town, Machoville) but not once did I think it was ridiculous, and that's strange when 90 per cent of the cast are non-human - so easy is it to get sucked into the comic book magic of the X-Men.
I think film fans will enjoy the motorbike chase to rival Steve McQueen in The Great Escape for metal machismo, and the gleefully-evil Victor Creed has a certain je ne sais quoi when he's growling and prowling around on all fours; one of the many displays of technical brilliance. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable escapist movie with some entertaining one liners. Note to Pierre Marco White: once Logan has done with his anger management, why not let him do a stint as head vegetable chef at L'Escargot? Think of how spectacular he could be with a head of cauliflower and a pound of carrots. Just a thought.
Bruce Willis must be seething because Hugh Jackman can finish a film in a more ripped vest than he can. In fact, Hugh Jackman is more ripped all round. To say that these X-men have largely eschewed costumes to promote greater believability, to have them turn up in the same outfit each time rather defeats the intent. Ever hear this plotline before : embittered former government operative opts for the simple life before being reluctantly dragged back into a internecine conflict by his ex boss, during the course of which he is consistently betrayed by his erstwhile colleagues and his lover is killed. Yes, it's all of that with superpowers. With the last twenty years of Wolverine comics back history to draw on, they might have come up with something a bit more original. Some nice fights. Next time, have him go up against John McClane for the honour of who gets to wear the sweaty vest.
There were enough plot holes in this to sink half a dozen movies. The sheer number of inconsistencies and clueless behaviour made it difficult to enjoy the movie even on a popcorn level.
So at the end of the film Stryker is taken into custody for the murder of a general. So how was he free to try to kill the mutants in X-Men 2? The mind boggles. I guess an X-Men movie wouldn't be an X-Men movie without planet-sized plotholes.