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Review: X-Men: Origins–Wolverine

May 28, 2009

(on Memorial Day…)

 

It started out as an innocent trip to the mall to buy a new pair of shoes for Autumn. Oh, alright, two new pair of shoes. And one for Lawson, because you can’t do something for one and not do it for the other without a Battle Royal.

 

It turned into a new shirt, a candle, some bath gel, and a movie. Yup, another one. I do have a life, but it’s been a weekend.

 

We saw X-Men: Wolverine today, and I’m kind of wondering, in retrospect, what the rating was. Think I’ll check that out really quick. Hold the phone…

 

…oh, right. PG-13. Probably should’ve checked that out prior to taking the kids. Oh, well. It honestly didn’t occur to me that I’d need to. We’d seen the first two X-Men and they were fine—a little vengeful in places, but nothing the kids couldn’t handle. This one, though, was different. It was…angry. Bitter.

 

And well it should be. It’s the story of Wolverine’s origins, and he has a lot to be angry about. Mutation, betrayal, death, several lifetimes of violence. The film’s darkness, though, was actually a bit disturbing for Lawson, and he’s not generally disturbed by anything. Around fifteen minutes into the movie he moved over to perch in my lap, no small feat for a six year-old who weighs just under half my size. There he remained for the duration of the movie, putting my right leg and arm soundly to sleep.

 

Don’t get me wrong—I liked Wolverine. I’m pretty easy to please, though, being able to find enjoyment in dramas, action flicks, romances, comedies, kids’ movies, and yes, even comic book adaptations alike, as long as they’re well-crafted, acted, and scripted. This one had an interesting cast of mutant characters, effects that fell into the cool category, and Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber as the reluctant hero and villain. Did I say Hugh Jackman? I meant Hugh Jacked-Man. Yeah. I liked Wolverine. I liked him a lot.

 

I’m not so sure this was a movie for kids, though. It definitely appeals to kids, with its Marvel comic book billing and its X-Men forerunners, so that’s a negative in my opinion. The PG-13 rating is in effect mainly for violence, of which there is a great deal, one scene with Logan and love interest wrapped in sheets (very low key), and a bit of language. The language got a little amped up toward the end—“GD you” or something to that effect, among other things—in the heat of the battle. It shocked me a bit, but I guess as comic books, once geared almost exclusively toward kids, make the mainstream transition toward more adult “graphic novels” and become much edgier themselves, we can expect their movie counterparts to do the same.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 30, 2009 1:24 pm

    I think this is a movie I will be attending this summer. Thanks for the review!

  2. hintonrae permalink*
    May 31, 2009 7:30 pm

    I liked it–it’s a great one if you have a discount theater, in particular. I think my next flick will be Terminator–but definitely when I don’t have the kids. 🙂

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