PaulRom Reviews: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

In my first review of the X-Men franchise, I take on what's commonly considered the worst of the series (and usually considered one of the worst in the genre). Is it really as bad as everyone made it out to be? Hit the jump for my review on the film...

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By Paul Romano - 6/7/2011
Ah, yes. X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Whenever the average fan boy hears the name, they freak out in horror of the film. Origins is up there with Catwoman, Batman & Robin, Spider-Man 3, etc. as one of the worst comic book films of all time. It derailed the entire X-Men franchise from what it was originally - a well-grounded franchise where the first two installments were some of the best CBMs ever. But is Wolverine really THAT bad? I don't really think so.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the first prequel to the highly successful X-Men trilogy, centering on the most recognizable character of the X-Men world, Wolverine (he really had most of the spotlight in all the films, anyways), as he's fighting for vengeance against his brother and his having adamantium fused into his skeleton (including his ever-so-popular claws). He teams up with Gambit, the random will.i.am guy who has Nightcrawler's powers, and others in his search for vengeance.

Perhaps the biggest flaw within the film is the script. Some of the things that happened didn't make a lot of sense, such as Silver Fox's 'death'. Wolverine seeking vengeance for her 'death' is pretty much the plot of the entire film, and when it was revealed that she was alive the whole time, it more or less defeated the entire purpose of Logan's actions in most of the film. Then they killed her off at the very end for real, which made things even more odd. Was her being kept alive til the film's end really necessary?

Another MAJOR flaw within the film was the usage of Deadpool/Wade Wilson in the film. Ryan Reynolds was great as Wilson, but around the end of the film where they transformed him into some kind of....zombie, that's when things were messed up. I can tell you right off the bat that the Origins version of Deadpool is NOT Deadpool. Pretty sure thats something that every comic fan can thoroughly agree on.

Yet another obvious flaw is the lack of character development (which seems to be a problem with the other X-films). The dude who's played by will.i.am is forgettable enough, and I'm personally glad that Sabretooth snapped his spine. The backgrounds of him and Gambit, among other characters, are ones I would've liked to see be more developed in the film. Other characters, such as Blob and Emma Frost (speaking of which, I won't get into the continuity debate in this review; it can be expanded into the comments however), weren't really needed in this story, IMO.


Regardless of the film's (many) flaws, the cast was mostly solid. Hugh Jackman was yet again perfect as the title character, and I find it impossible to see someone else donning the claws. Leiv Schrieber is very good as Sabretooth/Victor Creed, doing a far better job than Tyler Mane's atrocious version in 2000's X-Men. The aforementioned Reynolds was also solid as Wade Wilson, while cameos from Cyclops, Professor X, etc. are very nice easter eggs.

In the end, however, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is full of mediocre waves (mostly within the script; I thought the action was excellent), but it works well as a mindless action thriller. While it's nowhere near as good as Bryan Singer's films that made the franchise good, it's at least (for the most part) an improvement over Brett Ratner's film, The Last Stand (reviews on all three films will be posted within the coming weeks). Hopefully with the success of Matthew Vaughn's First Class, the franchise will be revived from its mediocrity and become what it once was - one of the best franchises in CBM history.

I rate X-Men Origins: Wolverine 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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Destroyer14 - 6/7/2011, 11:45 AM
Good review, I enjoyed the film myself.
DC1MARVEL - 6/7/2011, 11:48 AM
I loved it the first time, liked it the second time and the 3rd time I watched it, i realized it was garbage
SH - 6/7/2011, 2:41 PM
My Dad and I are the only two people I know who enjoyed the movie.
CapFan79 - 6/7/2011, 3:40 PM
I sort of like the film. It seems funny to me though that the best part is the opening credit sequence. Not sure why they didn't just make a 2 hour film of all the battles & other stuff over 100 years. You have a guy who's like 150 years old. The film could've dealt with the horrors of war and adapting to an ever changning 20th century.

I mean, imagine if there was a WWII scene where Wolverine's company stormed the beach, beat up Nazi's and is the one that liberated Erik Lensherr from the concentration camp. It would've made a compelling film. So many lost opportunities with Origins.
superbatspiderman - 6/7/2011, 7:58 PM
I enjoyed all the X Men movies including this one. Yes it had its flaws but it is still enjoyable to watch. The worst part was the Deadpool thing that was pretty stupid even tho the fight with him was cool. The cgi of this movie was also not very good I don't know if anyone else noticed that. The main redeeming qualities of this movie are Jackman as Wolverine and Schreiber as Sabertooth.
Ghostt - 6/7/2011, 8:36 PM
movie was mostly garbage except for a few cool scenes. You pretty much pointed out most of my dislikes of the movie. I just cant believe people get together when making this shit and think, 'Yes, this is gooood!" DO they not like comics at all? damn near anybody on this site could be used as a reference to keep the script writers on track

@capfan79 true on the WWII bit , I smell Wolverine cameo in Captain America..lol
Stumblin - 6/8/2011, 11:53 AM
My biggest gripe about the movie is this:

They make a six shooter with left over adimantium...why? Did they really think six bullets would be enough to stop Wolverine? Makes no sense.

Then he gets shot in the head and loses his memory...however! Why is it in the beginning of the movie you see him and Sabretooth about to be executed by a team of shooters, and this movie wants me to believe not one shooter aimed for Wolverine's head? Bull shit, this movie makes as much sense as taking a crap in your hand.
NateHawk89 - 6/9/2011, 6:55 AM
here's my take on it: i loved the movie! the ONLY thing i didnt like is the way they handled Deadpool at the end of the movie. that was NOT Deadpool. but that's the only thing i didnt like. everything else i liked! i feel it was better than X3: The Last Stand

that's just my opinion. dont kill me for it
RABB1T - 6/10/2011, 10:27 AM
In the original Xmen movie, I liked that Sabertooth because he captured his animalistic personality, but Victor Creed in Origins had the emotion and the feel of Sabertooth. I think mixing the two in another film (owned my Marvel) he would be perfect. Besides that this movie was from a simple movie viewers point... a fun movie, good (if you have to say it) from a comic book geeks point of view. This movie [frick]ed everything that was X-Men and burned it alive! I still want to murder everyone attached to this project for what they did to Deadpool!!

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