MONKEY REVIEW: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

May 2, 2009

wolverineAs a superhero film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is more Iron Man than The Dark Knight stylistically and in tone, and nowhere near as good as those films, but it’s still pretty entertaining on its own terms. Directed by Gavin Hood, and part of a projected X-Men Origins franchise, it tells the story of how Logan (Hugh Jackman) became Wolverine, the indestructible man with retractable metal claws in his hands. Though the movie tends to lurch forward instead of flowing from scene to scene, it’s got a number of terrific action sequences going for it and kicks off with an excellent opener, and it’s got some memorable special effects (with some serious exceptions towards the end) and some truly dazzling visuals, the latter of which makes it worth seeing on a big screen. It is in no way groundbreaking for its genre, but then it doesn’t seem like it was designed to be, either. Its sole ambition seems to be a summer popcorn movie, and it succeeds in being entertaining, thrilling and frequently quite funny. The jerky pace does kill off some of its momentum, and it’s quite violent (especially disturbing scene: graphic depiction of a head shot, minus the splatter but including the impact), making it highly unsuitable for very young audiences, despite the ubiquitous presence of Wolverine toys at stores currently. It does have a pretty decent moral lesson, however: Revenge sucks. All in all, a pretty satisfying first salvo in the summer movie wars, 2009.

MONKEY RATING: TWO MUTANT MONKEYS

(For a brief explanation of the Monkey Review rating system, click here.)

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