Directed by Gavin Hood, Wolverine is the first installment of the Origins group of movies where the back story of each main character from the X-Men franchise is given a full length feature film. This film stars Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Danny Houston, Will i Am and Lynn Collins. The X-Men movies are sci-fi/action films and are set in an alternate reality where mutants (those born with special abilities) exist and are trying to find a place for their kind in the world.
After a traumatic childhood experience 2 young mutant boys set out on their own. Years later, the two men are recruited as members of Team X, a group of highly skilled mutants, by Major Stryker the team leader. The teams actions cause one of the men, who is come to be known as Logan, to leave. He seeks a much simpler life and over the next 6 years finds work as a lumberjack and settles in with a girlfriend. His old commander shows up and tells Logan that someone is killing the members of the disbanded team and asks Logan for help but Logan refuses. A short time later Logan finds his girlfriend murdered and agrees to help Stryker. Stryker reinforces Logan’s skeleton with a super strong metal. After the procedure Logan, not trusting Stryker, leaves the compound and begins a quest of revenge for the death of his girlfriend.
The storyline for Wolverine is a complex one. This is intriguing as Wolverine was a childhood favorite mutant of mine. It was a joy to see the story come to life. The screenplay, written by David Benioff and Skip Woods, was extraordinary and worthy (in my opinion) of telling Wolverine’s story. Hugh Jackman plays the part of Wolverine perfectly and I really couldn’t imagine anyone else playing the character. Liev Schreiber, who plays Victor is also really good. Not sure if it’s a compliment but he plays a good bully. Will i Am hasn’t been in a ton of movies but he did very well as John Wraith. I was impressed with him.
As X-Men goes, this film could stand on it’s own. A strong cast, a compelling story and brilliant set designs add up to a box office blockbuster. While the other X-men movies were good, I felt that the stories being told were getting a bit dry. This film has breathed a fresh breath of air into the franchise and if this is any indication of the path they are going with the Origins storyline, then we are in for some great movies over the next few years.
I give this film a 4.5 rating. The whole enchilada. It’s not quite a classic but it was never meant to be. Entertaining? Absolutely! I will be looking forward to seeing this out on DVD as it will be immediately added to my collection. If you haven’t seen this one yet, then you are missing a great escapists film. Check it out!