Timon -> RE: Wolverine (1/5/2009 9:25:27 AM)
If this film were an animal it would be roadkill. Not just a armadillo or a dog, but a freakin' huge cow. This film would be a bloated dead cow that is right next to a town in the middle of summer. The stench of it so vile that it carries across homes and cafes and shops making everyone uncomfortable.
Hyperbole? Sure. Sue me.
This is a really bad film. It has not been thought out, has some of the weakest effects work I can think of in a modern blockbuster, and is directed like a TV pilot. It also has more green screen work than 300. Only it looks like something from an old Bond film when they used rear screen projection.
Brett Ratner -all is forgiven! You no longer have the title of making the worst X-Men film!
I am a big fan of the first two X Men films – the first is one of the best demonstrations of a medium sized budget delivering blockbuster sized entertainment. The second one paved the way in showing how intelligent superhero movies were possible. The third, well after tonight I have a new appreciation for it. Its not great, but moves like a freight train, is crammed full of ideas and has some dynamic fight scenes (Magneto and the prison truck is far far better than the Wolverine vs helicopter scene in this film for instance).
Wolverine looked good. It certainly had some good writers involved, a director who had made an impressive film, and Hugh Jackman getting in on the production side of things seemed to me to be a singal that things were looking up for the franchise.
Walking out this evening I am at a loss for words. Where did it all go wrong? The next part of the review is going to go in-depth on spoilers so avoid if you want to see the film (but please, go and watch X Men 2 again – really, I'm looking out for you here)
Rouge: "Does it hurt?”
Logan: "Every time”
I'm paraphrasing, but that line in X-Men perfectly sums up who Wolverine is, and the rage that is within him. This film doesn't get close to paying off those lines. In the first film, we felt his pain a few times when the claws came out. In this film they are used for comedic effect.
I swear during the credits in the World War One scene a Spitfire shoots at a trench. I'm willing to be corrected here, but if I saw what I think I saw then it just goes to show the wilful ignorance on display.
The relationship between Creed and Logan, which should have been at the centre of the film, gets played off screen. Logan walks away and suddenly its war? What sort of abusive relationship did these two guys have? There needed to be more build up to why the fell out.
Wolverine getting the adamanitum (sp) felt like it was a scene that they had to do, but wanted to get over with as soon as possible. Why was Logan to become indestructible? I'm pretty sure he was taking bullets and blunt force trauma before the experiment. How did Stryker know Creed wouldn't take it?
Logan's girlfriend. So so dumb. The twist may have worked (of course they then reverse it straight away) but seeing how they faked her death made the whole thing stupid. Creed injects her then puts syrup over her? Does Logan bother looking for marks? What did he do with the body? Did he just leave it there to rot? I don't know if she was brought back as a result of reshoots, but it would have been better if she remained dead.
Where the heck did Gambit run to, only to run back over roof tops to attack Logan and Creed? He was punched out right behind Logan. Such a useless character and a fop to fans who wanted to see him.
Did you know this film was set in the 70s? Me neither.
Wolverine vs. the Blob - a character whose makeup makes Juggernaut look like a Grade A Stan Winston creation. And then he puts on boxing gloves. Singer must be pissed that all the work he put into the character has turned to crap.
The film really reaches it nadir when, after the experiment, Logan meets up with Ma and Pa Kent. Yes, that is who they are. Bet Clark was away on business, but left some clothes for Wolverine to wear. Ma and Pa Kent bring the film to a halt with their folksy charm and generosity. In Singers film Wolverine comes out of the lab covered in blood. Here he gets a blow dry and a motorbike.
And did they really need to shoe horn in a reason for his name being Wolverine? Could we not have got along with the idea it was his "name” in Vietnam?
The fight on the Statue of Liberty pisses all over the fight between Obi Wan, Qui Gon and Darth Maul in this film. The Sabertooth/Wolverine fights in that film were more fun as well.
And what was with the bullets at the end? You had a mutant who could tell people what to do by touch. Could she not have told Logan to forget everything due to the pain it was causing him as she lay dying? Could Stryker not have used his son to block Logan's memories? And why did it happen where it did? It seems pretty obvious to me that he lost his memory at Alkaline Lake.
Talking of which, the Logan we see in this film does not mesh up with the character we are told about in X Men 2. I always had a feeling that Wolverine was not a nice guy before the experiment and was working with the government.
Then we get the Patrick Stewart cameo. I am not convinced that he is actually there on screen. It almost looks like a mo-cap experiment. The de-aging in part 3 was a little off, but no where to the degree it was here. And why does he show up at that point? How does he know what's happening? And more to the point, why is his partner at the time, Magneto, not tearing up the island? He isn't known to be a fan of people being kept in cages.
I could go on about the awful writing, the total waste of characters that could be good (Reynolds had potential, but was wasted. Totally wasted).
This is a void of quality entertainment. It takes no risks, and doesn't seem to have a point to it – something which all the other X-Men films have. We see none of the wider world and how people react to mutants.
I'm sure there are people who loved it and will say that I am looking too deeply into it, but I'm not even looking for the flaws here. If you like the character then nothing will stop you from seeing this. If however you just like a good time at the movies, or are a fan of the X-Men films, then avoid.
It's a dull film that is badly staged and I really hope the production teams take a step back and realise that the superhero movies from last year really showed how the genre is maturing. The Hulk is much much better film than this and it is regarded as the worst of last year's crop.
Fox are behind on the times and I have no doubt that Wolverine will not be looked back on fondly in a decade's time.
On the drive home, my brother and I discussed all these points - was it set in the 70s?! If so, the production design was awful? Silver Fox posing as his girlfriend, dying just so he gets angry and volunteers for the Weapon X project?!? Worse. Plan. Ever.
How did Gambit get off the island? If he's been running for two years, why does everyone know where he is? Victor has no problem finding him.
What happens to Victor? Does he fall into a plot hole? Is his memory wiped too somehow so he doesn't recognise Logan in X1? How does Stryker get back into a position where he's advising the President in X2 after killing a general and going rogue?
Then there's the whole Deadpool thing - I'm not a huge comic fan, but isn't he meant to be sarcastic? Why is his mouth sewn up? Can Logan's blades REALLY deflect Cyclops eye laser? He's controlled by typing stuff on a keyboard? Why didn't he just use the 'diamond skin' power all the time?
So many questions and the more I think about it, the more it makes less sense than I though. Of course, during all this post-film discussion, my girlfriend told us off, saying we were over analysing it... but it does seem very sloppy.