This is Ron Salfen, “At The
Movies,” and here’s my commentary on a film now
showing at The Majestic Theater in
Wolverine” is one of those prequel movies that
are so popular with
OK, for those of us who are not
“into” the original X-Men comic books, the story
line is still somewhat comprehensible.
A couple of boys in the Canadian territory in
1845 seem to have special wolf-like powers.
After they grow up, they don’t seem to age,
either, and helpfully lend themselves to fighting wars,
first for the North in the American Civil War, then in
World War I, World War II, Viet Nam (what happened to
Korea?), and we fully expect to see Desert Storm, but
something happens along the way, and this is where it
gets murky. An
American colonel takes the two “talented” men and
recruits them into a “special force” with other
“mutants,” now doing covert ops for the
So, from almost-noble patriotic motives we have basically been reduced to lust for power, greed, and revenge. Therefore all the slashing and CGI combat really doesn’t excite the imagination, because there’s not enough clear distinction between the “good guys” and the “bad guys.” (Rooting for a prison escape seems morally muddled, as well, especially for a comic book plot.) The Special Effects are pretty good. Hugh Jackman is a true star as “Wolverine.” But that’s not enough to overcome the absence of clear plot, the viewer deception, and the utter lack of anything approaching humor, whimsy, or lightheartedness. Isn’t this supposed to be fun?
This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM