Wolverine: Stirring My Inner Teenager

WolverineOh 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. ย 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!

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12 thoughts on “Wolverine: Stirring My Inner Teenager

  1. Ok I haven’t seen this movie yet but after your post I very much doubt that I’ll fall asleep again before watching it with the kids. Very possibly tonight!!!
    I love superheroes and other forms of “comics” literature. I always did. Rendreing a Science fiction story into a movie, for instance, especially one which uses cinematography to enhance its original plot with action sequences and special effects often leads to a state of visual and mental delight for adults (who are not stiff to start with) and for kids.
    After you taught me a thing or two about cooking (I recently tried your Shepherd’s Pie, ummmmm) now you’re bringing in the movies. That’s what I like most about your blog. Never a dull moment.
    And ah, a Transporter:-) I know it’ll come true one day. I just hope that we’re still around then.

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    1. The movies are truly amazing to watch these days, Abufares! I do hope you get a chance to see Wolverine…the kids will really like it!! (including your inner one!) ๐Ÿ™‚

      So glad you tried the pie. I assume “ummmmm” means you liked it!! lol!

      Thanks so much as always.

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  2. I haven’t seen Wolverine yet, although it was always on my list. Nothing stirs the imagination like a superhero story. I still remember watching a series of 3 Spiderman episodes where all the Marvel superheros were taken to Mars, to fight the best of the best Marvel villains. It was the ultimate fight of good against evil. I’m getting excited just writing about it.

    Oh, and my superhero weakness… Jessica Alba in Fantastic Four. I rest my case ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. You know, Omar, I missed out on the Fantastic Four. Guess I’ll have to rent it…but first I must know was it the movie or Jessica that was so enjoyable to watch?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Your Spiderman episodes sound good too. Wish I’d see that one!! Thank for dropping by!

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  3. What a coincidence!! I just saw Wolverine last night!!

    You know, for some reason I tend to walk past Sci Fi movies at the video store, except, of course, for Star Trek, where I, too, pray at the altar of Picard. But if I do watch them, I’m immensely entertained. This movie was one of them. I especially liked the final scene. Don’t worry, I won’t give it away, but that dignified figure, stepping down off the helicopter had me clapping and giggling like a kid! I just knew there was a sequel coming!

    I think Abufares has hit upon an interesting point. Now, with modern computer graphics animation, we’re able to project onto the screen visual effects that are probably very close to what the writers (and the readers) of these comics had in their imaginations when they wrote them. And I just love them! They are truly visually stimulating. When you add to them a good story, you’ve got truly great entertainment. Like a lot of the animated movies I watch with my kids!

    Next week, “Iron Man”, recommended by my wife, whom I acknowledge as the Sci Fi authority of our household.

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  4. I haven’t seen Wolverine nor any of the X-Men flims.
    My absolute favorite is Superman, tne only Superman my generation knew: the one played by Christopher Reeve. To me, he IS Superman, just as Sean Connery IS James Bond.
    Although you’ve made me curious about those mutants.

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    1. Gabriela, I couldn’t agree more about Christopher Reeve. I tried to watch newer Superman movies with other actors but they just seemed wrong somehow. I was always a Roger Moore fan…he was Bond when I was growing up. But now, the new Mr. Blond Bond…mmmm…I can handle that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve quite enjoyed the two most recent Bond flicks.

      Mutants are a curious bunch!! lol! Give it a whirl…but just a warning…they are violent but if that doesn’t bother you…you should be in for some great entertainment. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Hey! Roger Moore was the James Bond I grew up with too! LOL!
    It’s just that Sir Sean Connery incarnates better the idea I have for the 007. Just as I can’t imagine another Atticus Finch, or another Rhett Butler, to name just two of my favorite characters.
    On the other hand, the Blonde Bond is really something…
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, Gabriela!! Sir Connery definitely was the most suave of the bunch. I just liked Roger Moore’s humourous twist on Bond. But ya…Danniel Craig…hmmm.

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