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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

I recently got the once in a year chance of watching a movie on big screen.  I hope this isn’t the last but yearly I only get to watch movies on big screen during our company’s Time Out program for birthday celebrants.

Fortunately just like last year, our eyes feasted on another good comics derived movie.  It was Iron Man previously and for this year it’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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Hugh Jackman stars as Logan or Wolverine in the movie just like its two predecessor X-Men Movies.  I couldn’t imagine another Wolverine actor other than him.  He suits the role well.  I can almost imagine the voice being the same as that of the animated version.   It’s been a long time since I have watched the animated series.  I know Logan has been searching for his past but never knew the details until this movie. 

I don’t know if I just could no longer remember it but what is more fresh to my mind is the love triangle between him and Cyclops with Jean Grey.   Surprisingly, Summer (or Scott) seems to be too younger than Wolverine in this movie.   The age gap was so evident compared to previous movies.

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Another revelation to me is that Wolverine and Victor are actually brothers.  I am guessing that Victor is the Sabretooth.  Since this is origins, I suppose he has not transformed to that hairy creature with long strong claws.  Striker is suppose to put in adamantium to his body but did not happen in the movie yet. Perhaps Striker will do something different to him given how Sabretooth looks.

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Another pleasing to the eyes is the Hollywood break of Korean actor Daniel Henney as Agent Zero, son to Striker.  He is a sharp shooter but ended up dead with Wolverine’s adamantiums.  He was ruthless there killing the old man and woman who cradled Wolverine after the adamantium implant.  I must say Daniel Henney performed the not so big yet not so small role well. He doesn’t have a trace of being a Korean in the movie. Well he looks very American anyway when he is starring in Korean Movies or Dramas.

The plot of the movie revolves around Wolverine running away from the sad thruth of being a mutant.  In the course of trying to forget his real identity, he went to Canadian country and lived with a woman whom he discovered to be part of Striker’s plot to keep an eye on him.   Kayla Silverfox actually fell in love with Logan after agreeing with Striker to live with him.  She entered this agreement to save her mutant younger sister.  Yes, this movie has 1/3 of love story with it =D  not bad though in my opinion.

Overall, just like Iron Man, I enjoyed watching this movie mainly because I like animation, comic or manga derived stories.    It doesn’t have much of the bloody violence so you can tolerate watching the fight scenes.    Hugh Jackman still got some hotness in him and that is a plus factor not to mention some butt exposure he he he.

It was a good choice to feature Wolverine as the first mutant in this origins track back.   He has the most interesting twist in his character so I wonder who would be featured next in X-Men Origins…

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Movie Ticket 2008 – Iron Man

This is my first time in theater for the year 2008 and probably the only time.  Its been a long time since I was in and out the movie theater to watch film.  Since 2001, I have been to theater only once a year.  Thank you to a program in our company called Time Out.  It’s an employee event wherein those who celebrated their birthday for particular months are treated for some snacks and free movie.  The company usually closes the theater and makes the screening exclusive to employees.

I don’t know why I suddenly lost the urge to watch movies in theater.  I’d like to blame VCDs and DVDs… they make watching movies convenient right at your own home and whatever time of day you want.  There are some movies which I would really like to watch on big screen but almost always missed them and have the handy reason… it will soon come out in VCD or DVD.  I think its also because watching movies is a dating activity for me regardless if with friends, family members or loved ones; now everybody seems to be busy and could not find time to do so.

Today I got to see Iron Man the movie.  This marvel comic hero stars Robert Downey and Gwyneth Paltrow.  Not minding how real or how unreal the movie is since it is based on comic story, the cinematography and design of the film was great. I bet the producer spent millions in budget to come out with such effects and scenes.  It is so hi-tech that Stark (played by Downey) who is brilliant in creating machines, weapons, arms etc. has machines/robots as assistants.  Cool isn’t it?  They are not plain robots because they interact with Stark, they talk as if it can sense what Stark feels or needs.

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I love it that there is not much focus on love interest … so the story revolved around the making of Iron Man.  The movie is likewise light as there are some lines and scenes that made the audience laughed.  I specially liked the part when Pepper (played by Paltrow) said to one of the lady flings (Stark being so famous frequently engaged in a one night stand) that as Stark’s assistant she even at times comes to pick up his trash.  Starks talks a lot to his assistants in the lab and the robots are able to talk back or act in anticipation — very human indeed.  This in most cases stirs a little laugh specially when the robots appears to be too intelligent by acting in advance.  Also, even if the story is about terrorism, killings were not done in a manner that will make you puke or close your eyes.

I am not a big fan of Math and Science so hearing all those calculations, experiements, elements etc. just made me say to my mind whew cool~  I guess Downey performed a good job in palying the role of Stark, I am glad he has recovered from rumored addiction (if true as he lost so much weight then) and his body is well buffed.  He has aged but definitely did not lose that great bod.  I last saw him big screen from a movie opposite Marissa Tomei, entitled Only You.  Ironically, Iron Man Downey in that movie is very neat and clean looking. 

Overall, Iron Man is something entertaining, its fancy  but not boring.