So, yesterday, my sister and I went to the movies; we still had some monies left over on our gift certificate and, seriously, she has been bugging me about when Wolverine
was going to be released since the trailer leaked from ComicCon last year. She is a Liev Schreiber whore, and also a lesbian; you... figure it out, I've given up! Anyway, we decided to do a night show, which we almost never do, because of convenience and also because we wanted a nice, electrified audience, which you usually don't get at a noon matinee show. Which also meant lots of people which meant a bit of anxiety for me, but once we got our tickets and grabbed our favorite seats (we got there a half an hour in advance; really it's the only way I can go to a movie without a full blown panic attack! ;-P) it was awesome.
Yes, I truly, truly liked Wolverine
, much more so than any critic I've read (and sometimes I wonder, from the things they've been saying, if we were even watching the same movie) and most likely more than most of my flist. I like Hugh a lot, he's charming and handsome and though not his biggest fan, I am a die-hard X-Men fan so it was a no brainer. Especially because I am indeed an insane Gambit maniac and a fan of so many of the actors individually. Hugh was fantastic, Lynn Collins was a huge surprise, Dom Monaghan for his very small bit was amazingly touching and beautiful, Will.i.am was funky, Ryan Reynolds is, well, freakin' Ryan Reynolds. And Liev. I have to say, my sister finally converted me. I don't think I'd call it the best performance in the movie because Hugh so owns the role of Wolverine, but the strength he was able to bring, and the depth of character--that's how you do it! That's how you use that kind of material to build a real, complex character. Danny Huston was fantastic, but maybe I expected too much from him and it wasn't a complete home run, though he was still pretty spectacular!
And Taylor. You are Gambit now. which means he exists in the real world and I now want to have his really human babies instead of just little pencil and inked ones! xP
The story was mostly a mix of Origins
, which I've yet to read, and some very familiar stuff from Weapon X
, which isn't an insult: to be true to its sources is the greatest compliment I can give it. I especially loved how it was actually a direct prequel to particularly X-2: X-Men United
, which I haven't heard that many people address.( Spoilers under the cut )
So, as you could probably tell by now, I liked it. Others have questioned my taste in such matters, feel free to do the same but I'm not apologetic for it. I loved Ghost Rider
and the Daredevil
director's cut. And Punisher: War Zone
. The comic book genre, and especially Marvel adaptations, are my life's love so when one hits all the marks like this did, I will gush. And it's a testament that Wolvie's not exactly my favorite of characters and I still thought the movie held up as a film.
So, I got the Deadpool ending! Anyone get Wolvie in Japan?! ( Cut for spoilers and a very silly anecdote about my sister predicting the Deadpool ending )