X-Men Origins: Wolverine

 

20th Century Fox

 

PG-13

 

Plot Summary: A young mutant seeks revenge on the man who made him a weapon of destruction.

 

Reason for the Rating: Intense sequences of action and violence, and some partial nudity.

 

If you've seen any of the previous Wolverine/X-Men movies, you will understand why a Wolverine origins movie was necessary. Not only do we love Wolverine for his dagger-like claws, his brusque communication style, and of course, his hair, but because he's a mystery. He doesn't remember his past, so we don't really know who he is, or where this internal anger comes from. But now we have been given the complete story.

 

Wolverine starts in the 1840's in the Northwest Canadian Territories. James Logan (Troye Sivan), a.k.a. Wolverine, is a young and sickly boy. His latent, mutant abilities are awakened when he sees his father murdered. Surprising his mother, James grows long claws from his knuckles, and kills the man. Running for his life, he is joined by Victor Creed (Michael-James Olsen), another young mutant. Together they face life, fighting side by side in numerous wars.

 

During the Vietnam War, James (Hugh Jackman) and Victor (Liev Schreiber), now men, are recruited by Col. Stryker (Danny Huston) for a "special team, with special privileges." This team, made up of other young mutants, is one that is willing to kill for information, and willing to kill for lack of information. It is this lust for blood that repulses James, and causes him to abandon his comrades and Victor.

 

Six years later, around 1979 (Wolverine would be a young 145-150 years old. Did I mention he's immortal as well?), James is again recruited by Col. Stryker, but this time to have adamantium bonded to his skeleton. Adamantium is a metal found in a meteorite that is stronger than any found on earth. This is where Wolverine gets his very cool metal claws, and where he gets his motivation to enter the world of mutants once again. While enduring the process of adamantium bonding, Wolverine learns that Stryker is leading a double life, and has been up to some pretty evil deeds. So, of course, Wolverine sets out to destroy Stryker and his followers.

 

As a movie, Wolverine has some pretty big shoes to fill, as it is not only following the X-Men movies, but a slew of superhero movies that have been released in the past few years. Spider-Man, Batman, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four are just a few of the many we have seen recently, and all have been box-office successes. I do have to say, Wolverine does not stack up to any of these movies. The storyline is weak and predictable, and is lacking in character development. As the audience, we aren't drawn into the character of Wolverine. We cheer because it's good vs. evil, and simply because it's Wolverine.

 

But that's what makes this movie so much fun. It's not a movie meant for serious critique, but for the purpose of entertainment. This is a popcorn flick at it's best--action, explosions, great CG, and good battling evil.

 

Grab your older kids, head for the theater, sit back, and enjoy the entertainment. Because that's what this movie is all about.

 

Let’s Talk About It

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• If you could have any mutation, what would it be and why?

 

• Have you ever felt like you didn't fit in? What did you do to be part of the crowd? Did it change anything?

 

• Tell about a time when you had to make a moral decision, either at work, school, or in your personal life. How did you make your decision? What were the consequences?

 

--JW

 

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