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Eric Moro: And we’re here today to talk to you about X-Men origins Wolverine, a film that does exactly that, traces the origins of Wolverine prejoining the X-Men but through the weapon X program and his adamantium claws. Jim, we both were highly anticipating this film and I think we’re both equally disappointed.
Jim Vejvoda: Yeah, it’s pretty a lackluster uninspired action movie, some bad action direction and it’s just shoehorns in some of the characters. It’s just a big missed opportunity. That being said, it is better than X-Men The Last Stand but that’s—
Eric Moro: So, let’s get right into the performances of some very big names in this film.
Jim Vejvoda: Well obviously Hugh Jackman’s back as Wolverine, he’s good as always but it relies too much on what we know about him from past films. He’s not really developed as a character on a story script level. Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth is fine but the character is pretty one mode. Danny Huston is fine as a Stryker, the character playing in X-Men 2. But again it’s ‘Jackman Show’ and he carries it fine and he carries it fine. And he’s really the only reason why it’s a watchable piece of entertainment.
Eric Moro: I agree with you. Schreiber’s performance was the one that bombed me out the most. I mean as Victor Creed’s last Sabretooth, I understand they really wanted to play up the animalistic side of him as he is representing in the comics. But whenever he would fight, he’d get down on the all force and do like this wolf like thing that was just so poorly executed in my mind that it pulled me out.
Jim Vejvoda: There’s a lot of bad action direction in the movie. There’s a lot of over abundance of wire work, stuff that I though have gone on the style a long time ago except for the last scene, the climactic battle scene. It looks like they put all their budget and effort into that one and it paid off, it was a good scene.
Eric Moro: Not only all their budget and effort but it made me wonder because I agree that was the best choreographed fight scene, that somebody else direct that.
Jim Vejvoda: Yeah. And does make you wonder but I guess we’ll never know.
Eric Moro: So, let’s talk about, you touched on all these mutant characters and it almost seems like the film makers went through the comics. What are popular names, popular characters that you can just kind of page in whole, shoehorn into this movie?
Jim Vejvoda: Yeah, there’s a lot of arbitrary inclusion that makes me wonder like was it just about action figures and spin offs. Deadpool is in there, Ryan Reynolds plays him and he’s fine as Wade Wilson but when it comes to Deadpool and the armory is transformed, for me, I mean I could have played them because he’s covered up in makeup. Gambit is in there, the Blob is in there but again they’re all kind of shoehorn.
Eric Moro: Yeah and it messed with the chronology. As a comic book geek for me, I love seeing Gambit in the film. He had a little bit bigger role than I though he would based on the trailers so I could potentially see him in the spin of film but this is set in like late 70’s, early 80’s. It’s like in his 20’s, if they bring him up to modern day.
Jim Vejvoda: He’s going to be Tommy Lee Jones.
Eric Moro: Pretty much so I didn’t appreciate that as a comic book fan. While we wrap this up, give us your star rating and give us your final thoughts.
Jim Vejvoda: Okay. Overall, I'm going to give it two and a half out of five stars. It’s not the train wreck, I think he were expecting. It’s a pretty middle of the road action movie. It’s possible entertainment but I want it more than possible entertainment. I wanted a damn good X- Men movie and I didn’t really get it.
Eric Moro: Well, there you have it. For more coverage of X-Men Origins Wolverine, be sure to check out movies.ign.com.