But X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a movie that really needs no warnings of the kind. If you are going to see it, you are going to see it. Regardless of the press it gets. Or of the opinion of some faceless, nameless blogger like myself.
But I'm gonna give it to you anyway.
I joined Slyde in the early morning drizzle on Saturday to be the first 40-year old kids on the block to see this one. I live on a small block. Slyde was so excited he got to the theater a full 45 minutes before the film started. The theater wasn't open yet, so he had to walk around the outlet shopping area in the drizzle. Silly boy.
I was hoping the film would be in IMAX, but alas...no. That's kinda the reason I picked this theater. That and the close proximity to Chipotle Grill. Fat boy gotta eat.
I thought it was a solid film. Nothing spectacular. No "Wow!" moments. Just a solid waste of around 2 hours. And there is nothing wrong with that. They messed with a lot of backstory elements for a lot of the characters in this film, but I found myself not caring that much. I knew they were gonna do it, so why bother getting worked up about it? I just rolled with the adamantium punches.
A quick rundown: Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber are a ferocious pair of war-mongering douchebags who don't appear to age or suffer any long-term effects of bayonets, bullets or cannon shots to the gut. They "join" a covert group of ruffians each with their own unique abilities, until Jackman discovers he has a conscience. It must have been under his facial hair somewhere. Flash forward a bunch of years and someone is picking off members of the dream team, or so we are led to believe. Jackman is convinced to undergo a bonding experience with some heavy metal, and before you can say snickety-snickt he winds up with the girl, the gold watch and everything.
OK. It didn't happen exactly like that. But like I said before, if you are going to see this film then you are going to see this film. Doesn't matter much what I say.
And I say there are worse ways to spend a rainy Saturday morning. It wasn't great, but you probably knew that already from the trailers. It wasn't even very good. But it was...solid. Like a good crap.
PS - I thought Gambit was decently portrayed in the film. I have no idea what he was doing in Wolverine's origin story, but I stopped reading/collecting comics a long time ago. Maybe Marvel changed the story again. I dunno.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Ryan Reynolds? Really?.