Last year the summer movie season was kicked off without a hitch with the Marvel superhero-too-fun-to-pass-up epic, Iron Man. This year Marvel kicks off the summer again, except this time it’s with our favorite mutant, Wolverine. While it’s not quite the experience of Iron Man, X Men Origins: Wolverine proves to be a fast-paced, super-heroic and fun display of sheer force. If you don’t know what this movie is about, you must be a vegetable. The movie, hence the title, centers around the experiences of one of the X Men, Wolverine. The 1 1/2 hour film mainly centers around his childhood in the 1800s, him getting his powers, him joining this group of mutants, then having to defeat this organization, all the while answering questions about how Logan lost his memory and how the actual “X Men” started. This was one of the best parts of the film in that we don’t just have to sit and watch Hugh Jackman be naked for nearly 2 hours, we get to see all of those around him that kind of shaped his beginnings, which was one of the best parts to me, but wasn’t quite fleshed out enough. I was thinking to myself sometimes “Okay we’ve seen enough Wolverine, let’s see more Wraith or Blob”, but I do have to take my hat off to the filmmakers for succeeding at something I didn’t expect them to even do. I’m just like that kid that “Just wants more”. As always, one thing Marvel really knows how to do well, is action. I, along with a lot of other people in our theater were gasping, applauding, and just laughed out of pure wonder at some of the awe-inspiring action sequences. Within the first ten minutes you’ve got tanks exploding, three different wars being fought, and DEADPOOL, and it only gets better from there. I don’t know why, but for some reason this movie just pushed the limits as to how big, how just amazing fighting choreography can be in a summer blockbuster. The fights between Logan and Victor are especially jaw-dropping, and just plain cool. This one also did really well at diversifying the locations. It’s not just the warehouse, the laboratory, the construction site, this team really kept the movie fresh with several different backdrops for the movie to take place in. The island, Gambit’s bar, Wraith’s Gym, the Test Area, the Farm, it felt like I was looking at a bunch of postcards with horrific violence attached! Back to the different variety of characters, Marvel did a cool job of designing each of these characters and bringing seemingly unimportant characters to the big screen. Wraith, Gambit, Blob, Zero (Kinda), Sabretooh especially, and DEADPOOL all are designed just so incredibly well and look so freaking cool. This kinda brings me to my first complaint. NOT ENOUGH DEADPOOL! He’s in there for like 10 minutes (Spoiler Free Comment), and although it’s a cool 10 minutes, you just want more. Ryan Reynolds does an awesome job of bringing Wade Wilson to life, jokes actually funny! Also, the movie could drag on in spots and gets its gears a little stuck in the mud. The rest of my complaint just comes together as one, that the movie needed to be a little longer, and would have been cooler had they fleshed out the extra mutants more. That’s not necessarily a deduction, just a suggestion. Marvel put so much unexpected effort into the extra characters and teams(although there could have been more), the mythology of these characters, cameos, special effects, and just so much more it’s hard not to like this movie. I went in expecting to not like it, so maybe that’s why I loved it so much. If you love Marvel or just superhero movies, you’re spending $10 wisely. Overall, this is THE reason I watch superhero movies. You get a cool story, awesome action, CHARACTERS THAT ARE COOL AND INTERESTING, and an experience that’s 100% worth my $10.
4 1/2 out of 5