X-Men Origins: Wolverine hits the DVD shelf today on single-disc, special edition, and Blu-ray.
So, what’s the right response? Sadly, I can’t muster up anything more than “meh.”
Although teh ‘monkey gave this one a pass in his review with our pal Eric from Scene-Stealers, I was left cold.
In this prequel Hugh Jackman returns to the role he began in X-Men. The movie gives us highlights of Logan’s life including his childhood, the first time he popped his claws (no, that wasn’t a euphemism), his falling-out with Sabertooth (Liev Schreiber), his doomed romance with Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins) and his first meeting with Stryker (Danny Huston).
Aside from a few unconnected moments (yes, Gambit getting knocked out was hilarious!) there’s little about the film that had me rooting for our hero. The effects are passable and there are a couple of fun (though brainless) action sequences, but there are plenty of plot holes Galactus could walk through without having to bend over.
Also along for the ride this time, along with Gambit (Taylor Kitsch), are John Wraith (will.i.am), Agent Zero (Daniel Henney), and even young versions of Emma Frost (Tahyna Tozzi) and Cyclops (Tim Pocock). None are all that memorable. In fact the only character besides Wolverine that comes off well is Ryan Reynolds as Deapool, well, at least before Hood totally destroys the character in the final act. Can’t have anyone upstaging Jackman now, can we?
The single-disc gives you a “Wolverine Unleashed” featurette, and the Special Edition and Blu-ray also offer “The Roots of Wolverine: A conversation with Stan Lee amd Len Wein,” deleted and alternate scenes, and a director’s commentary by Gavin Hood. In addition the Blu-ray gives you a couple extra bells and whistles including a look at the helicopter sequence and an X-Facts trivia track.
It’s not a bad movie (and a fair bit better than X-Men: The Lamest Stand), but there’s really nothing here worthy of more than one viewing. Unless you’re a huge Wolverine fan, or (like ‘monkey) have an unapologetic man-crush on Hugh Jackman, you can probably get everything you want out of one rent of the single-disc version.