By Cody (Phoenix, Arizona)
Wolverine is the face of the X-Men franchise. With the exception of the more recent 2011 film X-Men: First Class, the Wolverine has been a major role in each film so it was only a matter of time before a prequel starring Wolverine was made to please the comic fans and the film-goers. However this film is more like the one both audiences would rather forget even exists.
When listing good vs bad, the good comes first. Hugh Jackman is meant to play the part of Logan who continues to show his acting skills despite having such a weak script to work with.
The other upside to Origins is the character of Sabertooth played by Liev Schreiber. Some don’t particularly like Sabertooth in this movie, but I respectfully disagree since he is the first true Sabertooth we’ve seen in film. Sabertooth is in the first X-Men movie but he has only a few exceptionally short lines, and that’s all, so I do have appreciation for how Schreiber treated the role.
Those are the good things in the film and it all goes downhill from there. I mentioned the weak script already so I won’t go back into it. The special effects are stressful to the eyes. The CGI is noticeable and clashes with what’s real in each shot.
Several characters are either underdeveloped or underused. Many characters appear then either die, disappear, or are only in it for a stretch of five minutes. The film editing is also something to mention. At often times a scene ends then it goes from one situation to the next with little to no filler time.
This film has elements of a fun time-killing action movie, but with weak story & characters, CGI that looks like someone slapped a cartoon on the screen, and some sub-par pacing, X-Men: Origins Wolverine had potential but turned out to be a waste of time and money. You can take my money and my time but when you start to take both, I draw the line and I’m not going to show any mercy here.
Some people enjoy this movie, and I can respect their opinion but this movie just did not sit well with me.