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05 April 2009 @ 08:26 pm
I got to see an advanced copy of Wolverine: Origins  
I'll skip the detail on how I was able to see this a month before its official release.

Overall, I liked it.  Let me just say that right up front.  If you liked the Wolverine from the previous movies, then you'll like this movie.  If you are a diehard X-Men fan like me, some of the smaller details will make you roll your eyes.  The movie basically sums up the entire Origins comic in the first five minutes of the movie.  With one major difference, of course.  In this version, Sabertooth is the groundskeeper's abused son.  They don't refer to him as Dog in this early flashback, but as Victor.  And the movie takes the huge step into the totally uncanon by making Wolverine and Sabertooth half-brothers.  *rolls eyes*   

There are a few other cameos from The Blob, which I thought was pretty true to character, and Deadpool which started out true to character and then quickly veered into I don't know what, but it was nothing even close to canon.  They might as well have created a new character.  Which then brings me to Gambit.  I was wondering how they were going to crowbar him into this movie and my guess was so far from what actually occured.  You see, Stryker was gathering specific mutants for his Weapon X experiments and in his hunt to find Stryker, Wolverine seeks out Gambit because he is the only mutant to have escaped Stryker's clutches.  Okay, not a bad way of involving my favorite Cajun, but they screw it up royally by introducing a teenaged Scott Summers as Stryker's next target.  Hello, Gambit is much younger than Scott!  Major faux pas there.  As for Gambit himself, he was passable.  I only wished they gave him the red-on-black eyes.  Seriously, its like Wolverine not having claws.  They are as much a part of Gambit as the playing cards.  His eyes did glow red when he used his kinetic powers, but meh...not good enough.  The actor that played him  was a good physical likeness, but Cajun accent?  What Cajun accent...there was none.  FAIL!  And not once did he say "mon ami.'  They could have thrown in at least one for a little fanservice.  We got a "oh my stars and garters" from Beast, but we got nothing this time around. 

So, you may not feel cheated out of your $11, but if you know anything about the X-Universe, you will find yourself cringing.
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Jukebox: GambitGraveyardjukebox_csi on April 6th, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
I was kinda afraid of that. I was trying to figure out why they put Scott in the movie, when it was obvious he/Wolverine didn't 'know' each other in the original X1 movie. And Gambit is younger than Scott, as you say. Of course, it could be argued that no one really knows how old Gambit is since he drank from the elixir of life while in the Thieves guild. ^^;

I've been a bit disappointed about the lack of red-on-black eyes. It was mentioned in the Gambit Guild forums (or maybe the Gambit Appreciation Thread on the Marvel boards) that it may have been that the red/black wouldn't transfer to the big-screen without looking hokey. *shrugs* Personally, I'd prefer they have it and the accent, since those are as much a part of Gambit as his bo-staff.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on April 7th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, but we have an idea when he drank the elixir and his age at the time and that still makes him younger than Scott. There was all that time-travel mumbo-jumbo when he was hunting Sinister in the past with that whole Black Womb thing, but I still say that he is younger.

And with the CGI they have nowadays, the red-on-black eyes were doable. I wonder if they even tested it or just skipped it all together.
Franfranwi on April 6th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC)
It SUCKS when they give the movie reins over to someone who probably never read a comic in their life. WHY go to the trouble of making this movie if they're not going to give the fans what they expect? They just end up pissing off a lot of folks and the movie will be condemned by the fandom. Idiots.
evilkat_meowevilkat_meow on April 7th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
That's something I'll never understand. Its like the directors refuse to take what everyone knows and expects and create their own "vision." I realize that not everything translates well, but come on...messing with certain things should just be obvious. Yeah, we'll make Wolverine and Sabertooth brothers! It will be more compelling that way!