Friday, May 8, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Well, 20th Century Fox is back at it again. Well, trying at least. From a monetary standpoint it was predictable; let's be honest, who wouldn't want to make a movie on one of the more popular Marvel characters in their roster? Sadly, justice couldn't be done. The spin off of the X-Men franchise opened on Friday, to positive reviews....not from this viewer though.
With every film that's adapted from literature you have to give latitude to what they put on screen. I appreciate filmmakers that attempt to do justice to a story however; it shows effort. Instead of getting the script tight and its development properly laid out, we get several over the top moments that 'ooo' and 'awe' our eyes. Pluses go to Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber for depicting a better love/hate relationship between Logan and Victor Creed. Victor Creed from the first 'X-Men' had the look, but the villainy element just wasn't there. Liev Schreiber was a much better fit for that persona. An interesting challenge to Jackman’s presence. Like anything else it could have been better, but take what you get, right? The weakest points to this film have to be the story, and the arbitrary introduction of characters for irrelevant purposes (incorporation of Cyclops, Professor X, and Gambit). You would hope that filmmakers would learn from the success of 'Iron Man' and 'Spider-Man', I guess that's too much to ask for.
Needless to say, the 85 million dollar opening weekend, will properly set up a sequel to come within the next 3 years I suspect. Maybe by that point, the writers will wrangle the story a bit more to what loyal comic fans are familiar with. Even though I wasn't too pleased with the film, it is a hearty beginning to a summer film season. There was a mighty hiatus between Christmas and May. Hopefully, films will only get better as the summer progresses. With 'Wolverine' bringing in 85 million, I can only imagine what 'Star Trek' will bring in next week. Cheers!!!