Directed by Gavin Hood
A peek into the psyche of the X-Men’s most conflicted hero
X-Men Origins: Wolverine “tears off a bit more than it can devour,” said Richard Corliss in Time. The life stories of superheroes from Spiderman to the Hulk have been known to be complicated—intricate, slightly ridiculous biographies “only a lonely, comic-book-reading kid” could understand. Wolverine, though, takes things to a whole new level. Written by David Benioff and Skip Woods, the movie promises to “deepen our understanding” of the “adamantium-clawed mutant,” said Stephanie Zacharek in Salon.com. But, in fact, it explains little and “gives us less.” All we learn about Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is that he’s Canadian and has a brother (Liev Schreiber) who’s also immortal but more sadistic. Together they’ve fought through a century of conflicts, from the Civil War to Vietnam, but now they’re enemies. Wolverine is a “hodgepodge of loose ends, wild inconsistencies, and stale genre conventions,” said A.O. Scott in The New York Times. The difference between the brothers is never explored, but both men forget their origins by film’s end—as will you.