Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wolverine Review

This review is a little late in coming but alas here it is.  Wolverine I am sad to say has an itch that it just can't scratch.  All the ingredients are there, but it just doesn't leave you with that mmmmmm good feeling.  For almost a week I have been trying to put my finger on it and I think it falls into the same trap that Watchmen fell into.  They try to pack everything into the film.  Almost to satisfy die hard comic purist at the expense of a good film.

It's as if they did the film by checking off boxes rather than by making a movie.  There were too many cooks in the kitchen and the belief is that the formula is too good to fail.  Underneath all great comics is a love story and the love story with Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins) is never fully developed between her and Wolverine.  So when tragic things happen we just don't seem to care.  The film is more of a Bro-love story between two brothers. Liev Schreiber is a good Sabertooth.  I know the heavens are going to open up on this but...I did not care for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.  I want someone who's off screen presence would fit.  Hugh looks the part, but something is missing.  Also I think Wolverine needed a side kick to add some comic relief.  There is no humor in the film.  In the way that characters play off of Hellboy's temper.  A guy with a short fuse whose always ready to blow.  Such seriousness all through Wolverine caused it to be melodramatic.

 Now about the score.  It just did not do it's job properly.  There was never a memorable theme and that's critical to pulling in the audience.  

Its very sad to see such a great potential lost and these big comic films have to be very careful not to fall for their own hype.  Story, story, story.  We lets hope Star Trek makes up for it.  Live Long and Prosperous. \\//.


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