Review by Vives Anunciacion
Inquirer Libre May 05, 2009
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Directed by Gavin Hood
Based on characters from the Marvel comic books
SPOILERS beware, may contain story spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movie.
Manny vs Godzilla. Manny vs Chuck Norris. Manny vs Wolverine. Sigurado ako na hindi pa naikakasa ni Wolverine ang matatalas niyang kuko, pinatulog na siya ni PacMan.
I really wasn’t expecting anything from this movie, coming from (X3) X-Men: The Last Stand, which I found inferior to the first two. Having said that, I find Wolverine a decently made summer movie, a lot of times laughable and a few times impressive, but eventually the weakest in the X-Men franchise. It can be argued that the Dark Knight model of “darkening” the superhero movie won’t work with all comic book characters, but, hey, not all men are created equal, particularly in the comic book universe.
Sabi nga ng title, this is an origins movie. X-Men Origins elaborates in nearly two hours the origins of Wolverine, formerly John Logan (Hugh Jackman), his arch-nemesis Sabretooth, formerly Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber), the nature of their relationship, as well as roles in General William Stryker’s Weapon X program and the emergence of Charles Xavier’s X-Men.
The movie jumbles up storylines from the comic books, which was why my friends and I kept asking each other what really happened. As far as referring to the source material, the movie is remarkably distant from the events in the comic series, which means purist fans may be get confused, at the very least.
The best part presented by the movie is the dichotomy between Logan/Wolverine and Victor/Sabretooth, kung saan ipinapakita ang kaibahan nila sa isa’t isa each time that they encounter each other. In much the same way that The Joker was played very significantly as a thesis/antithesis of Batman in The Dark Knight (which made that movie great) this movie could have easily gone the same route because the filmmakers took liberties with the story anyway.
Unfortunately, Wolverine suffers from another Studio requirement to feature as many other characters in the franchise for future movie spinoffs, this story had to go to many turns left and right to make way for The Blob, Gambit, Silverfox (the beautiful Lynn Collins), ad infinitum. Add to this issue are the numerous laughable effects and action scenes (Agent Zero, played by Korean drama superstar Daniel Henney, is mala-Lito Lapid, while the final confrontation between Weapon XI and the feral duo has a what-the-hell-yun-lang ending. Twice my friend laughed at the crane shot when Wolverine cried over Silverfox. Nahawa ako sa kaniya.)
Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool and Danny Huston as General William Stryker are pretty good in this movie, but Liev Schrieber takes away the shine from Wolverine’s adamantium claws because he’s really good as Victor/Sabretooth. Sabi ko nga, sayang na hindi kinoncentrate ang kwento sa kanila ni Wolverine.
In film terms this isn’t a terrible movie, it actually is a decent one. But for all the promise this beloved character could have been in his own movie, this is just meh. Parang Pacquiao-Hatton, exciting na rin, pero 2 rounds lang pala.