Hugh Jackman, the world’s most sexiest man, dons the sideburns, the metal and those high-waisted jeans in the new X-Men Origins: Wolverine; we’ve seen it (in a cinema, not a dodgy online version), so read our review after the jump.
Following the success of the original trilogy, there’s a lot of pressure riding on this flick, particularly after numerous reports of expensive re-shoots, on-set fights and an internet leak of an incomplete version.
We went in as fans of the series, but held no expectation that this was going to live up to the hype or the originals. We were pleasantly surprised.
Despite the fact that Jackman is an all-round Mr. Nice Guy, he dons the Wolverine scowl – and the white wife beater – well, and faces off against Liev Schreiber’s Victor in some incredible fight scenes.
Overall, the movie is fast-moving and slick, with audiences brought up to speed on Logan’s back story within minutes (including through the fantastic opening title sequence). The film then focuses on the relationship Wolverine has with his brother (Schrieber), his girlfriend, and ultimately, revenge.
Ryan Reynolds makes an appearance and bangs out his usual schtick, while there was a surprise cameo (we won’t spoil it) that brought a smile and applause from the audience.
Overall, X-Men Origins: Wolverine has more than enough spark to reignite the franchise, so here’s hoping to a sequel featuring Halle Berry’s Storm sometime soon!
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