As the title states, we are shown the origins of Wolverine — my favorite comic book character — before he joined the X-Men, before he had Adamantium claws and skeleton, before he had lost his memory of who he was and what he did.

Very early in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” it is revealed that Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman) and Victor Creed, a.k.a Sabretooth (played by Liev Schreiber) are brothers.  Accepting the facts that they are both freaks of nature and that most of the world will not accept them for who they are, they stick together for several hundred years, fighting countless wars that give them an outlet for their rage.  Eventually, a special unit of the military headed by a soldier played by Danny Huston enlists Jackman and Schreiber for top-secret missions.  One of those missions causes a major rift between Jackman and Schreiber, and Jackman walks away from his unit.

It’s not long before Jackman’s past catches up with him, destroying his peaceful life that he struggled to build; and now Jackman seeks the help of Huston so that Jackman can become more powerful in order to defeat Schreiber.

One of my most memorable, movie moments of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is the scene when Professor X appears.  Why is this memorable?  Because Professor X is walking.   In the movie, “X-Men: First Class” Professor X is paralyzed in the early 1960s.  “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” takes place possibly in the 1980s or 1990s.  If there’s anyone out there who knows how to reconcile this discrepancy, let me know.  Until then, I call shenanigans!

My most memorable, movie moment of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is the sequence when we see Jackman and Schreiber fighting side by side during the Civil War, World War 1, World War II, and the Vietnam War.   It was intense, and gives the audience a very quick lesson in the powers that these characters have and the strong bond that they share.  The opening credits during this sequence does ruin it a bit.

Although I enjoyed this movie, I expected more from it.  After all, it is about my favorite comic book character.  One problem I’ll address is the PG-13 rating.  Wolverine and Sabretooth are characters that deserve an NC-17-rated movie in order for the audience to really know how violent and bloodthirsty these two characters are.  Putting them in a PG-13 movie is like forcing the NFL to play touch football.

But as I said, I still enjoyed it.  There is enough action, violence, drama, and a plot twist to keep your heart-rate up.  The direction and screenplay are good, and Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine is outstanding, as always.

That’s right, bub.

M

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