Thursday, May 7, 2009

Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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Title: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Distributor: Marvel Studios (20th Century Fox)
Director: Gavin Hood
Writer(s): David Benioff (screenplay) and Skip Woods (screenplay)
Staring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity.
Running Time: 107 min (1 hrs and 22min)
Synopsis: Wolverine lives a mutant life, seeks revenge against Victor Creed (who will later become Sabertooth) for the death of his girlfriend, and ultimately ends up going through the mutant Weapon X program

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert:
2 Stars
Michael Phillips: 2 Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: C+

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: Skip It, Ben Lyons: Skip It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 36% (Rotten), Top Critics: 15% (Rotten), RT Community: 65% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 44 out of 100, Users: 5.9 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 54: (3.4% A, 27.5% B, 50.9% C, 16.7% D, 1.3% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: C+ Users: B+

My Review

Source Material: Based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Wolverine

Acting and Dialogue: B+, the casting of this film was great. Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, and Ryan Reynolds all put up awesome performance. As for the dialogue it got cheesy in some areas while others were funny and whimsical. I didn’t like William Stryker character at all.

Art Direction: C, great special effects.

Cinematography: B+, it wasn’t Oscar worthy by far but Donald McAlpine puts out good work again.

Direction: B-, in my opinion it was to quick of a pace. I think the movie should have focused a little more on the “Weapon X” team members. All one gets is one or two quick scenes of each character then they are killed off. I understand it is a Wolverine origin so the main focus should be on him but with any comic book movie there has to be solid supporting character arches also.

Sound and Music: C, seemed very basic for a summer comic book movie.

VFX: C, some of the visual effects was very noticeable and had a very low quality aspect. The majority of the special effect like the exploding cars and stuff look good.

Overall: C+, For the most part it was entertaining but with the many cinematic flaws I can say I would recommend it to the general movie audience. You may want to wait for the DVD. The “failure” of this film I think could go back to Bryan Singer should have stay on to direct X-Man: The Last Stand.

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