Wolverine is a good start to the summer film season. Not the most amazing film I’ve ever seen, but entertaining. I’m sure some comic book nerds are going to cry heresy, but this film does the job as far as popcorn flicks go. It gives the whole beginning from Logan’s childhood up to the present in a very stylized manner that is similar to how they summed up the back story of Watchmen. Mostly it focuses on how he was created and upgraded as an adult and the creation of the X-men. We also see how his love/hate relationship with Sabertooth came to be and get an introduction into the wonderful world of mutants. This film is no “Batman Begins”, which is one of the best comic origin films ever. But it does the trick and it got me revved up for the summer. “Star Trek” next week, another origin film, will raise the stakes. Just like “Iron Man” did last year after “Hulk”. But still, “Terminator” looks awesome. I know, McG which gives me pause, but I think they survived his antics well. Anyway, I digress. Hugh Jackman plays his part nicely and several kick ass fight scenes with Liev Schreiber were well worth it. Ok so you gotta endure some cheesy dialogue, but that never goes on that long. I’d love to jump up and attack a helicopter, while wearing mutton chop sideburns. Who wouldn’t? I mean as a nerd I guess I liked it. I wanted to yell “Wolverines!” and shoot some Soviets with Patrick Swayze, but another time I guess. This film didn’t offend me, but didn’t make me want to go out and buy a set of claws or grow Mac Davis sideburns either. It just did its job. Like an issue of Justice League. Passing the time until some amazing graphic novel comes out and changes the way my nerd brain looks at the world. So yeah, start your summer off early with a nice appertif of Wolverine. But save room for the crazy Starfleet kids and Skynet being up to its old tricks. Don’t forget the Illuminati looking for a little payback. And PALM STRIKE some sugary treats down your pie whole. The summer is here as far as I’m concerned, so let’s get to it!
Author: Graham Elwoodhttp://grahamelwood.com
In addition to being a stand-up comic and filmmaker who likes going into war zones, Graham is also the Supreme Commander of the Palm Strike Army and a Samurai in training. His CDs include The Comedian’s Got A Boo-Boo and Palm Strike Dance Party. He also directed and starred in Laffghanistan, a documentary about his first USO tour entertaining the troops in Afghanistan. Graham starts every day by surfing, swinging his katana, and wondering when a real rain will come and wash all the scum off the streets... www.grahamelwood.com