Monday, June 8th, 2009


 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Duh. Of course I’m gonna watch this!

PEOPLE: Hugh Jackman reprises his Wolverine from the X-Men films, being the first actor since Christopher Reeve to play a comic book hero in 4 consecutive films. Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, quite a different role from his role in Just Friends.

QUIRKS: Based on the Marvel Comic universe, and its population of mutants.

…And we finally get Gambit this time! Yay!

VISUALS: Suitable visuals for a world that is very much like our own, only with mutants. At times, Wolverine‘s adamantium claws looked a little too CG. But other than that? No complaints here. Even The Blob’s fat suit wasn’t that bad. We also have the best depiction of Cyclops’s powers ever, even if it is only for a few seconds.

TRIVIA: There are two different endings that can be viewed after the credits. In one, Wolverine is in a Japanese bar, drinking to remember his past. In the other, a character people thought was dead shows up.

POLITICS: The main politics in this movie were that the government is quite willing to lie to you and ruin your life, if it helps them create a destructive weapon. Don’t trust the military!

BAD STUFF: They changed the canon a little bit. Logan (Wolverine)’s name was originally Jimmy? Him and Victor Creed (Sabretooth) are brothers? They really shouldn’t go messing with such things, but it’s not like Marvel hasn’t done the same thing. In the Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine is Sabretooth’s father! And Sabretooth was created by Chris Claremont, who had intended him to be Wolverine‘s father.

Some have complained that there was “no action” and “all the minor characters were only in 2 scenes each”. Comic books tell very long cumulative stories, the likes of which simply do not fit into a feature film. Get over it. This is merely a setup movie for potential future movies. If you want a complete story, you’re going to need twelve hours, like the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.

Also, they should have called Agent Zero “Maverick”, because that’s who he was. David North pretty much only went by Maverick in the comics. And he was German, not Korean. (WTF?) They also should have called Silver Fox by her Silver Fox name at some point!

CONCLUSION: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 8.5/10. It’s about time. Marvel Mutants need more movies — 100 more!

RECOMMENDATION: Anyone whose read hundreds of X-Men and Wolverine comics should greatly appreciate the chance to see a film completely about Wolverine, his motivations, and what shaped him. Here’s hoping for a sequel! Let’s see some Lady Deathstrike next — he was at Japan at the end of this film; a good setup for him to meet Yuriko Oyama/Deathstrike (who already appeared in the 2nd X-Men movie).

But if you enter it with the snobbishness of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons — you’ll hate it. Keep in mind that most Marvel characters have appeared on many, many different alternate universes, from the “Ultimate” line of comic books, to the Age Of Apocalypse comics, to Neil Gaiman‘s 1602 universe, to the “What If?” comic series. This movie is not the standard canon; it’s a slight deviation. Don’t thumb your nose at this — deviations are extremely common in comic books, and this actually deviates less than many official Marvel comics.

MOVIE QUOTE: William Stryker: [from trailer] You were sentenced to death for decapitating a Senior Officer. Your sentence was carried out by a firing squad at ten hundred hours. How’d that go?
Wolverine: It tickled.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Ian didn’t like it. Evan‘s brother didn’t like it. A lot of people had problems with this movie…. And I haven’t the slightest clue as to why. While not representing the ultimate fanboy implementation of Wolverine, this was pretty damn close. (more…)

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