Oh come on!! We all have a weakness for something that is probably not considered age-appropriate. Mine is for superheros and superhero movies. As a kid my favourite cartoon on TV was “Superfriends“. Then came the Superman movies with the late Christopher Reeve in the cinemas. And the list of lovable superheros grew, especially as Marvel and DC comics started pushing more and more movies onto the big screen. Although I never read comic books as a kid, I was fascinated by many of the characters they produced. I mean, what kid didn’t want some superpower to overcome kid problems? Actually, come to think of it, as an adult, there’s some superpowers I still covet (not to mention a transporter and a food replicator from Star Trek…but that’s another story).
More recently Marvel, in particular, has put out quite a few top grossing movies full of special effects and amazingly realistic computer animation. Off the top of my head I can think of Spiderman with Tobey McGuire as Peter Parker, Ironman with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, and the Incredible Hulk with the incredible Edward Norton as Bruce Banner. All which fully captured my imagination and left me looking forward to the next one – because you always know where there’s one there are sequels. My only disappointment is that the superwomen, of which there are many to choose from, seem to be evading the silver-screen as lead characters. I’m hoping their time will come soon.
We did get to see a few women strutting their stuff – in a superhero way – when Marvel came out with the X-men movie several years ago…well, in 2000 to be precise. It was a big hit among the comic fans and, I think – given the fact that it spawned three more movies in the last nine years – it easily generated a fan base of non-comic readers as well. The first three movies (X-men, X2, and X-men: The Last Stand) although I thought lacking in plot, were action packed and thrilling to watch. I was particularly fond of Patrick Stewart’s Professor Charles Xavier (probably due to my undying loyalty to Capt. Jean-Luc Picard – again with the Star Trek) and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.
As luck would have it, at least as far as I was concerned, this past spring X-Men Origins: Wolverine hit the cinemas. I desperately wanted to see it but with small kids, the cinema is not a place I see very often. So imagine my excitement when I spotted it to rent at the movie store yesterday! And let me tell you, I was not disappointed. In fact, it far exceeded my expectations. Not only was Hugh Jackman exceptional, but I found Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth very…compelling. It was fast-paced, the story line was intriguing, and the special effects…well…WOW! If you like this kind of thing and haven’t seen it yet…go get it. I can not say enough good about it. There were a few instances when I squealed with delight – kinda like I was 14 – which doesn’t happen very often during a movie! (a good thing in a public cinema!)
I’ll leave you with the trailer even though it really doesn’t do the film justice. If you’ve seen Wolverine or like superheroes, I’d love to hear your comments!