2010 movie log #28 - X-Men origins: Wolverine (2009, dir. Gavin Hood)
This is not nearly as good as the trailer. Not even close. Ok it’s quite bad i guess. So i will just make a long digression on why a wolverine movie was a bad idea instead.
You see, comic books don’t necessarily make the best source material. I know, shocking right? But it is. Take Wolverine for example. He’s a mutant beast man with feral instincts, an extensive background in all fighting things, super military enhanced metal bones and claws. He’s a ruthless killer, with a bad attitude to boot. He’s uncouth, unreliable, untrustworthy like a wild animal. Yeah, and he’s also immortal. And, i suppose, has kind of a good heart deep underneath the fur and his thick hide and the stainless bones.
This is two things. On one hand, so badass right? On the other, totally unreconciliable as a backstory to a character. No really, think about it, it’s a challenge to even come up with something remotely plausible. Nobody grows up to be both a hero and a savage killing machine. It’s not really a walking a fine line situation, it’s more like a big fucking chasm across the entire spectre of humanity there. You know, take all the people, normal curve of distribution graphic? On one hand, world saving, do gooder heroes. On the other, guys who murder with their own two fucking hands.
So, try as you might, you’ll never convince me such a man exists. And the more you push these two extremes together the lamer this character becomes: Wolverine’s wild side is seriously tamed down, and yet his actions as a good guy are morally questionable, bordering on the illogical