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Grade B+

 

Gal Gadot plays the title role in this retelling of the super hero’s origins and first encounters with humans.  Raised to be a super warrior on an island of Amazons, fearless Gadot trains with the expectation of one day fighting the god Ares, who is thought by the Amazons to come back one day and kill all the humans and Amazons on the planet.  When a soldier (played by Chris Pine) crashes his plane near the Amazons’ island, his story of a great and terrible war happening all over Earth is interpreted by Gadot that this is the doing of Ares.  Gadot follows Pine into the world of humans where her kind heart will be overwhelmed with the duality of humans (their savage and loving nature).

At first, Pine helps Gadot blend in with the crowd, trying to ease her away from what he considers her insane mission of going to the front line to seek Ares and kill the god of war.  But no one can tame her spirit; and when the innocent are suffering, Gadot’s disguise comes off and Wonder Woman comes out in all her glory.

My most memorable, movie moment of “Wonder Woman” is the scene when Gadot is in the trenches with the soldiers.  Upon hearing of civilians trapped behind enemy lines, she shrugs off her coat and goes into No Man’s Land alone, fully dressed in her Wonder Woman armor.  Beautiful, exciting, and dramatic, she charges forward ready to kick some serious enemy ass.

Stripped down to its basic essence, this is a love story between two very likeable characters.  The awesome special effects and thrilling, action set pieces are just icing to a substantial cake.

— M

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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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