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Gavin Grades The Movies

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Wolverine (Rated PG-13) Gavin Grade: C Whether or not you like this movie will depend on how geeky you are, but not in the way that you think.  As I was getting up to leave the theater, an entire legion of nerds were behind me BLASTING this movie for being "horrible" and "ridiculous" and "pathetic."  In reality, it's not that bad.  My theory is that these virgin losers read online all the fanboy sites before seeing it, where those exact words were used and they wanted to feel "cool" by being part of that club.  "Wolverine" is not a great movie, it's not even a good movie, but it should not be vilified the way that it is by the comic book gestapo.  I think the problem may have lied in a rushed production, poor casting and a terrible script.  It can't be the fault of director Gavin Hood because if you ever saw his earlier Oscar-nominated movie "Tsotsi," you know he's capable of making a great film.  But maybe not a high-budget summer action.  We all knew that Hugh Jackman is the quintessential Wolverine, but I thought Liev Schreiber did a great job as well.  However some of the choices in secondary casting like Will.I.Am as Wraith were pretty awful.  (I really wish someone would tell these musicians that not all of you can make it as actors.)  Those things could be overlooked, but really it was the script and special effects that kept this film from reaching its full potential.  The script had some of the worst dialogue I've seen in a movie in a long time and a page-count that I'm sure was slashed by studio executives that wanted to make it 100 minutes.  So it ends up feeling rushed, watered down and stilted.  But the special effects hold hands with the script in partnership.  There are some scenes in the movie that look like a kid on YouTube could've animated it better.  I'm not kidding and everyone in the theater seemed to agree with the laughter at some of the scenes.  I wonder if we've been spoiled by films like "The Dark Knight" and "Iron Man" or if those films have just raised the bar on what comic book action could be, but either way, this film failed to reach it.  However, my girlfriend Stacy thought it was a "B" but I think it's because it's a movie full of hot guys and not one hot girl.


05/02/2009 7:54AM
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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05/03/2009 2:35PM
Good review of Wolverine. I was not a fan of the movie, but maybe I did have higher expectations after Iron Man and Dark Knight. You have to like the shout out to South Central PA, though. Did you enjoy seeing TMI?
05/03/2009 2:52PM
pulease! there was a couple hot girls stop being a jealous twit. what I will say is yes the green screen of the kids and captain bicard running to the helicopter looked ridic. BUT I have to stick up for Will.I.am- he was light hearted but still convincing. He was himself on screen...I liked that. I wish they would have developed Ryan Reynolds character better BUT the whole movie explains SO much about Wolverines past and his trippy flashbacks- not too mention his brotherhood with Sabertooth- loved that too. If you don't read into THAT much and just take it for what it is a great action flick about the X men then you won't be disappointed. I agree with Stacy and give it a B....+
05/18/2009 1:14PM
X-men origins: Wolverine was an amazing amazing movie! I can not believe you gave it a 'c'! I've seen in twice in the last 3 weeks! It defenitly deserves an A. about 93%. It was super super good. It gave so much intel on wolverine's past life. Sure the effects could of defetenitly been better but look at twilight! Huge success, very bad effects to be honest. They also could of cast better but over all the movie is truly amazing! So 'A'.
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