From the Balcony
X-men Origins: Wolverine
Directed by Gavin Hood
Review by Mark Edgemon
As a fan of comic book action feature films, I was curious how this
fourth installment would stack up to the prior three X-men films and
wondered if it would keep the franchise alive or relegate it to
X-tinction. I chose the Rave Theatres because they had 200 showings of
it daily and there is something special about viewing a film in a room
all by yourself. In this case, I was accompanied by family and friends
and so it was like having folks over to my personal home theatre.
I went to buy concessions prior to the movie, taking out a mortgage on
my house to pay for them and settled in with a small vat of popcorn so
large, I could hardly seen the screen.
Usually, I’m not really interested in origin movies or
prequels, because I like to keep the story moving forward. But my wife
is a big fan of Wolverine and so that gave me added reason to see the
In this movie we explore Wolverine’s past, from childhood
during the late 1800’s to present time. His brother, who
turns out to be Sabretooth, (who knew) becomes his archenemy, well one
of them anyway. By the end of the movie, he has so many archenemies,
his brother allies with him against a seemingly invincible super mutant
enemy, for the simple reason that as he puts it, “I
don’t want anyone to kill you besides me” a
sentiment shared by most brothers in this day and age.
A lot of good wholesome people die in this movie, I guess so we can
empathize with Wolverines motivation to get even with his brother and
also his mentor who created him and let’s see and also the
super villain in the final scenes death match.
The movie was dark (when is there ever a light sci fi movie) not only
in actual darkness, but also in tone and story development.
We were able to see a few more mutant beginnings like Cyclops and a
younger Professor Xavier who saves the younger mutants at the end of
All in all, an enjoyable way to throw away 90 minutes of your life.
I should say something about the restroom facilities at this theatre.
They do not have signs that read men or women, but emblems showing a
silhouette of a woman in a dress, a silhouette of a man in a business
suit and a third bathroom with one of each standing side by side. This
one should be avoided unless you don’t mind women passing by
you pointing and laughing while they watch you stand at a urinal.
© 2009 Mark Edgemon
Mark Edgemon is a writer in his spare mind and runs a studio production company during the day.
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