Director: Gavin Hood
Writer: David Benioff (Screenplay), Skip Woods (Screenplay)
Hugh Jackman has shown a remarkable dedication to the character that made him famous, playing Wolverine in 4 X-Men movies and voicing him in 2 games.Â The problem is, this dedication can’t seem to pull an otherwise likable actor from being in a bad movie, and that’s really all X-Men Origins Wolverine is…a bad, bad movie.
The premise is to take the checkered past of Wolverine and stitch together a tale of intrigue and mystery.Â Unfortunatly, we’re left with something mediocre and sub-par.Â Hugh Jackman pulls off Wolverine with ease, and can you blame him?Â He’s been playing the character long enough to really get him.Â But then we get Liev Schreiber’s Sabertooth.Â Don’t get me wrong, Schreiber is a great actor, but come on…was Tyler Mane too busy to reprise the role from X1?Â There’s not even an attempt made to make the two characters close to each other, with XMO’s Sabertooth being sadistic, somewhat methodical and rather intelligent.Â Are we supposed to believe he became the angry, simple monster that showed up in the first X-Men?
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool?Â Forget it, he’s in the movie a good 10 minutes, and that’s Deadpool in name only.Â I won’t say what they’ve done, but quite frankly, they clearly have no idea what they’re doing with one of Marvel’s most popular characters.Â and instead have created a cannibalized abomination.Â Taylor Kitsch’s Gambit is…well, its Gambit.Â His role in the movie is barely there, and I don’t actually seem to recall any sort of a Cajun accent.
The plot is an attempt to make the most of the overly complicated Wolverine backstory, a huge mistake in my opinion.Â A lot of the character’s appeal has been his mystery, and despite it having been resolved in the comics, it still had a lot of potential for future movies.Â With the advent of XMO Wolverine, this mystery is now gone.
In short, this is a horrible attempt by FOX to create an origin story.Â This probably felt a little rant-y, and if it was, I’m sorry, but its just a disappointing attempt to create something that has so much potential to be so damn good!Â We know it can be, because we’ve seen it before with X-Men and X2.
There’s rumors abound already that this is going to lead to a Deadpool spin-off, and the Magneto Origins movie is supposedly still in the works, but if its anything like this one, its bound to be a flop.
Final Grade: F.Â After 2 hits and a mildly entertaining third entry, its time for the merry mutants to be rebooted or abandoned altogether.