A couple of days after watching X-Men: Days of Future past on blu-ray, I had the urge to watch another X-Men film, but I had watched them all last May. Well… Not all of them. There was one left and you know which one I am refering to.
That’s correct, I watched X-Men Origins: Wolverine. God help my soul.
Yes, I do own a copy. But in my defense, it’s on DVD, which I purchased for five bucks at the grocery store. Okay, I probably got hosed, but it contains a history of Wolverine by Stan Lee and Len Wein, which is probably worth a fiver.
It would be far too easy to crap on Wolverine, the hard part is trying to find anything nice to say. The scene where Logan gets injected with adamantium was pretty good. I liked Kayla (Lynn Collins). Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson was cool, but he didn’t have much to do. Taylor Kitsch was great as Gambit. It was nice to see the Blob.
But that’s the thing isn’t it? I have talked about this is pervious posts, so I will hit the highlights: One of the big problems of the X-Men franchise is that the writers seemingly chose the characters at random or at best, like a pick-a-mix at the candy shop. The First Class film was nothing like the one in the comics, because the timeline didn’t fit. Days of Future Past rebooted everything except First Class, but killed off a few characters, including Banshee, Angel, and Emma Frost. Why? I don’t know. Maybe plotwise it was for the best. I hope they don’t regret it down the road.
Even without the reboot, it seems that the filmmakers were willing to retcon Wolverine. In that film Emma Frost was Kayla’s younger sister (!?!) which makes no sense to me. There is a deleted scene in which a young Ororo (Storm) makes it rain. Director Gavin Hood explained that the scene was deleted because it made no sense, since Storm didn’t recognize Logan when he showed up at the mansion in the first X-Men movie. Da fuh!?! Then explain this: one of the kids rescued by Wolverine was a young Cyclops. Yes, his eyes were covered the whole time, but don’t you think he would have asked someone about the person who opened the cages? No one would know his name, except for Professor Xavier, but everyone saw the big dude with the metal claws; how many of them can there be? Then there is the fact that two of the rescued kids were Banshee (First Class) and Quicksilver (Days of Future Past).
And then there was Deadpool. Actually, he was Deadpool in name only. Saying Deadpool was in X-Men Origins: Wolverine is like saying the Mandarin was in Iron Man 3.