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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

It Just Gets Worse

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.

Those who thought Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand was as bad as it gets shouldn’t see X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Incredibly Gavin Hood (Rendition) has taken the crown from Ratner for creating the worst X-Men film. Wolverine is sloppy, poorly paced and full of every cliché a superhero/action movie could have. Sure, it has its moments of fun, mainly due to the characters of the X-Men universe and by the (mostly) talented actors who play them, but those who said there’s more stories to tell about these characters won’t convince anyone with this film.

It’s sad to think that as talented an actor that Hugh Jackman is, he’ll continue wasting his talent on Wolverine films (if he’s allowed to continue, which he probably will be). But it’s not his fault -- it’s those behind the screen that are to blame. He encompasses everything the character should, but the inherent problem with this film is that Wolverine’s charm is his mysteriousness.

That was mostly sustained through the original trilogy, but is completely shattered here. While it attempts to tell the “origins” of Wolverine it centers around how he actually came to be the Wolverine we know -- with amnesia and adamantium claws and it never really gets deeper into the psyche of who Logan is. We find out he was born in the mid-1800s and we miss over 100 years of his life. Those are the stories worth telling. X2 already touched upon this “origin” story and it would have been much more interesting to see Wolverine living in a different generation with different problems -- not the same ones he’s had for three films.

There will be those excited to see Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber), Gambit (Taylor Kitsh), Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) and the other new mutants, but many of them get barely any screen time and the time they do get feels rushed. Other than Jackman, Schreiber is by far the best talent in this film and his scenes feel the most personal. Schreiber is a gifted actor and he’s able to put some real emotion into the film. Most of the film feels as if they’re just going through the motions with gratuitous explosions and lots of Wolverine screaming to the heavens, baring his claws.

Those who were hoping for an exciting new chapter in this world will be sadly disappointed. If there happens to be another Wolverine story following this, and there’s a good chance there will be, we can only hope Hugh Jackman is surrounded by more competent filmmakers that will actually do the character justice.