X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

“I’m the best there is at what I do, and what I do best isn’t very nice. I’m the Wolverine.” – Logan

Number of Times Seen – 3 (3 Apr 2009, 2012 and 21 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Origin story of Logan’s life for centuries which helps explains how he worked for the government and eventually had his body infused with adamantium.

My Take on it – This is such an enjoyable origin film and they present it really well from start to finish.

Having not been a fan of the X-Men comics, I never quite knew the background story of how Logan became who we know and this film gives us so much insight into how he ended up become the character that has become so beloved in this franchise.

The history that is presented here spans nearly two hundred years and they find ways to show how much he changed over the course of the story.

WE get a clear idea how he became the cynical and maniacal character that we all know and love and that helps build on what we already know about him from the previous films.

The way that his rivalry with his brother comes about and is presented also works really well in establishing who he is and where his boundaries are.

They manage to pace this story quite well especially given the fact that we get to see numerous snippets of his life which helps propel him further along his journey.

We also get to see the kind of man who was over the course of his life and how various events affected him both for better and for worse.

This also allows us to see that he isn’t just a war machine, but can also be a very caring and loving human being when he is left alone to live life to the fullest.

The special effects of this film help to enhance the story even more and allow for things to seem even more relalistic especially given the fact that the world where these films take place is quite similar to our own.

The actions scenes are done really well and help keep things so enjoyable to watch unfold because it is relentless from start to finish.

Bottom Line – Yet another amazing addition to this series. They manage to take the most notable character of the franchise and give us his history which spans more than 200 years.  The story works really well in explaining how and why he became the cynical character that we are use to seeing.  His rivalry with his brother is also explained quite well and we get a clear understanding of why he acts as he does. The story is paced really well in order to allow us to see the various integral points in his life that help propel him further along throughout the story.  We also get to see what kind of man he was over the various points in his life which develops the character even more since we get to see that he isn’t just a war machine, but can have feelings.  The effects are great and enhance the story even more. The action sequences are quite elaborate and help make us believe that this kind of story could really take place in a world very similar to ours. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On March 31 2009, a bootleg copy of this movie was leaked on-line. The copy had no watermark, unfinished alternate visual effects, and a different font for the credits. But by the time the movie officially released in theaters in 2009, it had been downloaded about 4.5 million times. Roger Friedman, a reporter for FOX News, wrote an adverse review of the movie based on the leaked copy. He even described how easy it was to find and download the movie. His review was immediately removed, and he got fired. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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2 thoughts on “X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

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