I went to the theater this past Sunday and watched two prequels. Star Trek and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I saw ST first and kind of wished I hadn't already bought my ticket for Wolverine. Don't get me wrong. I wanted to see Wolverine as I've loved the X-Men since I watched the animated series on Saturday mornings long, long ago. I just wasn't sure how good it was going to seem right after watching ST. My worries were unfounded as it completely held its own and drew me in just as quickly as ST had.
While the opening scene the movie folks chose was definitely a good way to begin the flick, it was a bit confusing. It never explains what events led to the brothers being raised in different homes. Maybe this is something we're already supposed to know. Moving on...I really liked how they used the war scenes during the opening credits. The brothers take us from the American Civil War to the Vietnam War, hitting all the U.S. aided wars in between. They even go before a firing squad (with predictable results) which draws the attention of Stryker and really begins the story.
This film wasn't as flashy as the other X-men movies but didn't really need to be. I like that they showed the relationship of the brothers and how they came to be enemies. The one really cheesy part, for me, was when Kayla, Logan's girlfriend, tells him the story of why the moon is lonely. The story just screamed foreshadowing. It almost made me question the fact that Logan didn't get some kind of hint from it. But, this is a movie and just another case of the audience knowing what was happening before the character did.
I didn't like the ending of the movie. Not because of the way it was filmed but because of how it ended for Logan and Kayla. If you know anything at all about X-Men you already know that everyone does NOT live happily ever after. It made me want to watch the first three movies again so I'd be reminded that things do get better for our hero.
I saw Hugh Jackman for the first time in the original X-Men movie and he keeps getting better and better with each new film. By the way, thank you movie people for allowing us to see more of Hugh in this movie. And I don't mean screen time either. No full frontal nudity was shown but they came awfully close to it.
Liev Schrieber did such a good job as Victor/Sabretooth that I almost wish he had been playing the part in the other three movies. Tyler Mane did a noteworthy job but I do think I prefer Liev. It just dawned on me that he and Hugh were also in "Kate and Leopold" together. How cool is that? If you prefer action movies...not very. One of the other confusing moments in the film concerned Sabretooth. Stryker tells Victor that he wouldn't survive the adamantium procedure but never explains why. Curses!
When I read that Taylor Kitsch would be playing the part of Gambit and then saw pictures of him I was a bit disappointed. Inasmuch as a person can be in love with an animated character I was in love with Gambit for years. While Taylor is good looking he's just not Remy LeBeau. Then I thought that if he got the accent right I could at least enjoy listening to him. Not so much. I heard Cajun here and there but from what I was hearing he could have been from Texas or Oklahoma and I already hear those accents all the time.
The other characters I did like were Wade Wilson/Deadpool and David North/Agent Zero played by Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Henney respectively. I have a couple things to say about Ryan Reynolds. You go Scarlett Johansson...and what were you thinking Alanis Morissette? I've liked Ryan since Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place. He's funny and he's stinkin' good looking. Who could ask for more? Ryan was involved in yet another confusing moment for me. Maybe I need to go back and read the Marvel "comics". Ryan plays the part of Wade Wilson who will become Deadpool but is also referred to as Weapon XI. But! According to imdb Weapon XI is played by Scott Adkins. Someone please explain to me why Ryan didn't play this changed character also and why they have so many stinkin' names. As for Daniel Henney, I hope to see him in many more movies. He was most definitely not difficult to watch.
Sex - None. As mentioned before Wolverine is nekkid in this movie but manages to keep the important parts out of view.
Violence - Yes. And lots of it. I was okay with the war violence in that that's what happens during a war. However, I did not care much for the senseless murders in the village but neither did Logan. As these murders are an integral part of the story they should be included. I'll just forward past that part when I get the DVD.
Language - Not bad at all. No F-bombs and most of the cussing was limited to one scene.
Drugs - No
Alcohol - Bar scene. Not much at all.
Despite the confusion throughout I still thoroughly enjoyed this movie and will probably watch it again...and again and again. Maybe the DVD extras will enlighten us. Be sure you watch through the end of the credits. I keep forgetting about bonus scenes on movies now. Apparently I walked out before this one. Grrr!