I got to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine on Sunday night. This is my quick review. But before you read, consider this: I was an avid comic book reader as a kid. I generally like action, science fiction and superhero movies. I liked all the X-Men movies.
Now with all this said, let me tell you that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is terrible. Read on for a rant with a few mild spoilers.
There is no character development at all.
Every important part of Wolverine’s past is done in 3 minutes: he falls in love and the woman of his life is killed within a span of 5 minutes. He is talked into the Weapon X project and the whole thing is done in 5 minutes. He meets these nice old couple that shelter him, give him clothing, give him the speech about not revenge being bad, and they are killed within (yes, you guessed) 5 minutes…
They turned Marvel‘s coolest and most complex anti-hero into a boring, flat, unidimensional boy scout (that’s what Superman is for! and that’s ok!). It’s also very condescending to the audience to a point in which the characters need to explain what they are about to do before they do it. If you see the ending of the movie you’ll know what I’m talking about. Thank you William Stryker.
And if all of this is not enough, I’ll finish by saying that the movie is full of cliches and that the final boss (is this a videogame?) looks like he was lifted right out of Mortal Kombat. I almost expected to see health bars on top of the screen.