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X-Men Origins: Wolverine review

The Cast:
Hugh Jackman - Logan / Wolverine
Liev Schreiber - Victor Creed / Sabretooth
Danny Huston - William Stryker
Will i Am - John Wraith
Lynn Collins - Kayla Silverfox
Kevin Durand - Frederick J. Dukes / The Blob
Dominic Monaghan - Chris Bradley / Bolt
Taylor Kitsch - Remy LeBeau / Gambit
Daniel Henney - David North / Agent Zero
Ryan Reynolds - Wade Wilson

Directed by:
Gavin Hood

The Story: From the first moment when his powers appeared, through war and peace and up to the moment when he stops being James Howlett and becomes Wolverine, we follow the steps of this x-man before he was such.

The Good Points: There was a task that wasn't easy at all for this movie and they managed to accomplish it... mostly: telling a century or so of story without making the movie too long to be actually watcheable. The movie is less than 2 hours long and that's an acceptable duration.
As with the previous X-Men movies, the casting is correct. Leaving aside the fact that they turned Maverick (Agent Zero in this movie) into some asian guy (which is not exactly the same as a german), both the actors chosen and the make up are satifying.
Finally, it's worth saying that this is an adaptation and therefore lots of changes have been made to both the story and the characters. But none of them go against the nature of them. Well, except for Deadpool... Argh, Deadpool! Don't make me start on Deadpool! Don't... *breaths and calms down*... As I was saying, they are ok.

The Bad Points: DEADPOOOL! Wait, I'll get to that later.
Going back to what I already said, the movie isn't too long to be watcheable... but it is longer than needed. There are several scenes that keep going over and over the same "inner conflicts" and that could have been cut without much lose. This is Wolverine, dammit, not Watchmen.
The make up and actors are ok but the characterization is (Agent) zero. Except for the main characters, all the rest appear for a few minutes and then are out of the movie without really having any display of personality. They are just a pretty power. And be aware that all that Gambit does is a cameo.
While changes are acceptable, there are some things that are just stupid. It's like they didn't make their homework. In particular, the fact that Cyclops' beams lit fires on everything they touch is annoying as Hell, since in the three previous movies (not to mention the comics) it's clearly stablished that they are just force, not heat. I could also point to many other contradictions... but I'll just tell you to check IMDB.
DEADPOOOOOL!!! No, wait, later.
Now, the worst part... The FX. Leaving aside the explosions and some stunts, the most heavy with FX scenes look terribly false (well, they are, but we shouldn't be able to see it so easily). And you can easily see this in the claws: they change size, shape, texture... And in the bathroom scene, they look as if they have been directly taken from a Disney movie. Also taken from a Disney movie is the fact that there's almost no blood in the movie and it has many continuity mistakes.
And now... DEADPOOL! He sucks (in the movie, not in the comics). That's all.

Best Moment:The whole Wolverine-Creed-Deadpool battle has some very cool moments. And the level of destruction that they manage to bring to every place they visit is interesting.
Also, there are a few humorous moments that manage to give a welcomed rest from all the pain, angst and shouting to the sky. The bathroom scene works pretty well in that aspect, even if Logan's using Mickey's claws at the time.

Stupidest Moment: Uh... Lemme choose... I'll go with the "bullet that erases the memory just because the villain predicted it" one. That's a classic.
Or the head falling rotating on a perfect axis.
Or Deadpools final transformation... but I think that's more than "a moment".

All in all: Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie. You won't feel robbed (unless, y'know, you are after you leave the cinema) or cheated. It's exactly what it promised: an action movie with a popular mutant. It just could have been so much better with a little attention to details and some work on the script...
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