Wolverine the Movie (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

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This prequel to the X-Men trilogy of films is quite a good watch. It runs just under two hours and though very violent, there is no blood (and therefore has a PG-13 rating). It is directed by the Oscar-winning director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi and Rendition). This poster is for the release in France, I think – but I liked it more than the others.

The story is interesting from several perspectives, not least of which is Jimmy Logan’s (Hugh Jackman) Canadian citizenship! I went to see the film with a sister who was stationed at our convent/book store in Toronto for 9 1/2 years and another sister who is visiting here now from Toronto; they loved the Canadian link! So Wolverine is both a mutant and an ‘alien’, so to speak…. The source materials say it was filmed in Australia and New Zealand.

According to Wikipedia the X-Men trilogy has grossed more that $1 billion worldwide. X-Men and Wolverine fans will surely like this film.

I don’t have much time to do an in-depth review right now so I will just say, that I bet there will be a sequel to the prequel… And be sure to stay after you think the film has ended.

This has a comic book-into-film feel to it, as would be expected. The super-hero story is pretty thin but it has heart, even when revenge seems to become Logan’s motivation. I was glad that there weren’t too many characters to keep track of. There is the usual “free will” choice vs. revenge theme, but watching Hugh Jackman zoom through this comic book universe (that at times reminded me of Spider-Man and other Marvel characters) made it worth the time as an entertainment.

The fact that it has no blood resulting from the violence can be problematic for kids who may not yet be able to distinguish between fantasy and reality – so it is a good talking point for parents and children.  Many films don’t show the consequences of violence, like blood, to keep a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. But consequences are important to consider.

I liked it well enough.

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