Overview: Because the first two X-Men movies didn’t show enough of Wolverine’s origin story, the character finally gets his own spin-off. 20th Century Fox; 2009; Rated PG-13; 107 minutes.
The Good: This movie, unlike its immediate predecessor, at least tries to have character development. Does it succeed? Not really. The opening scene and credits are do a good job building up both the relationship between Wolverine and his brother Sabretooth and their inevitable falling out. Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber have good chemistry, and they make the first portion of the movie fairly enjoyable.
The Bad: That first, good portion of the movie lasts about fifteen minutes. After that, viewers are treated to the same scene of Wolvie getting an adamantium coating that’s been in every other X-Men movie, a neverending parade of new and rebooted characters that have nothing to do with the story, action scenes that are poorly rendered and have no stakes, and an inexplicable amount of screentime for will.i.am. The conflict between Wolverine and Sabretooth soon devolves into incomprehensible growling matches, and there’s a love story that nobody cares about.
The Seriously, Seriously Bad: There is far too much going on in this movie for its short runtime, and very little of what’s going on is interesting. The X-Men films, which are meant to be ensemble pieces, featured too much Wolverine at the expense of other characters. Origins, which purports to be a Wolverine movie, adds a ton of unnecessary characters and tries to make itself into an ensemble piece. Even worse, it does so in a way that makes it seem like producers were just trying to check the boxes next to various mutants’ names. There’s no concern for organically integrating characters into the story or for having the characters act like themselves. Fan favorite Deadpool, known primarily for his wit, spends a good part of the movie without a mouth. Literally. It’s a disorganized mess that barely has the right to call itself a movie.
Overall: Origins has almost nothing to offer aside from a sleek opening sequence. The best part about the film is that it kept the rights to mutants in Fox’s hands long enough for X-Men: First Class to be made.