Saturday, May 2, 2009
"I Thought You Were the Moon, and I Was Your Wolverine": Nog Kicks Off Summer Movie Season!
So that "moon" line is my pick for most unintentionally funny moment in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It sounds just clunky and cloying enough to be written by George Lucas in one of his romantic New Star Wars moments ("Kiss me again like that time by that lake in Naboo" is damn near an accurate paraphrase of an Attack of the Clones line). Unfortunately, there's little else in Wolverine that's bad enough to be amusing and even less that's actually worth anyone's time. "Origin" flicks are cool these days, but you need an interesting origin story for it to work! So all you're left with is several shots of Jackman howling at the sky in pure berserker rage and a lot of cool shots of adamantium claws emerging. And, for the ladies, there's a scene of a bare-assed Jackman sprinting across a pastoral landscape. There's no character you can really care about here and even the action scenes (which are why we're forking over cash at the multiplex, after all) are relatively humdrum. It's probably not the worst "big" movie we'll see this summer (Transformers II and Angels and Demons can likely vie for that title) but let's just pretend the summer movie season actually kicks off next week, with Star Trek.