Archive: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) A Review

One of the many origin stories for the fan favourite X-Man, and this one just hurts all over.  They were just milking it at this point.

Certificate: 12A

Director: Gavin Hood

Screenwriter: David Benioff, Skip Woods

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds

Genre: Superhero, Action

Runtime: 107  Minutes

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

Hunted down like prey and always on the run, the mutant half-siblings, James Logan and Victor Creed, roam this earth for nearly two centuries. Having survived an endless string of devastating wars thanks to their incredible regenerative and self-healing abilities, the brothers, eventually, will part ways when Colonel William Stryker offers them a chance at redemption. However, against the backdrop of a personal loss, Logan will also confront an even bigger challenge–one that brings him head-to-head with the ugly face of retribution, and a technologically enhanced mighty adversary. Has the wild Wolverine the tools to vanquish him? – From IMDB

This film wanted so bad to be counted up there with the big guns of the X-Men Franchise which, lets face it, even back in 2009, was beginning to overstay their welcome.  And we hadn’t even had Apocalypse or Dark Phoenix yet. The plot here is a little sporadic, it tries to cram as many superhero origins into one film as it can and really NONE of them pay off.  Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was worth a lot more than this weak attempt at an origin story.

Wolverine himself as always is the best character in the film, Jackman can always be trusted to bring the goods in this role.  It’s a shame that pretty much everyone around him let the team down.  Liev Schreiber, typecast as a villain in more films than I care to count, does a fairly good job as the role of sabretooth, but the idea of the whole thing being a kind of overblown family squabble rather than an awesome superhero throwdown, took some of the shine away for me.

Although he would make up for it many years later, this was the first time that we get to see Ryan Reynolds play Wade Wilson.  And good lord what did they do.  The makeup is horrifying, taking away his ability to speak.  When really it is the witty and x-rated banter from Deadpool that makes his character so great in the first place.  If this was done just to keep down the BBFC rating then it would have been better to write the character out entirely, rather than reduce him to the farce we got in this film.  Same with Gambit, he is here, and he is a character most people would recognise, but only barely.  They gave him a weak role and pretty-boy makeover and that was about it.  A big disappointment for my favourite member of the X-Men (weird choice I know.)

If you are an x men completionist, then I guess you will just have to suffer through this one.  Otherwise, I really wouldn’t do it to yourself and just give this one a miss entirely.  If you do want a couple hours of self-flagellation however, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is streaming now on Disney+

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