Last weekend was the weekend that allegedly kicked off the Summer 2009 movie season. The first summer blockbuster out of the gate is none other than X-Men: Origins: Wolverine, a movie that should have just been freaking titled, Wolverine. I really wanted to believe that this movie could be worth spending ten dollars on at the local cinema hall. However, the more I read both from far greater critics of film than I as well as your average man-on-the-street I cannot justify paying to see this film and will wait until its Blu-Ray release in the Winter.
The biggest reason why is it seems that two great characters, Gambit (played by Taylor Kitsch who I love on Friday Night Lights) and Deadpool (played by Ryan Renoylds who is actually a decent actor) are for all intents and purposes nearly butchered. Gambit, next to Wolverine himself, is my all time favorite character in the X-Men universe. When the fabled animated X-Men cartoon was on Fox Kids back in the day, I use to pretend I too could make playing cards into explosive weapons. Whomever did the voice work for Gambit has stuck in my mind and I can’t imagine him sounding like anyone else. Taylor Kitsch can barely hold together a Southern drawl in Friday Night Lights, I don’t know if I want to see him attempt a very difficult Cajun accent and dialect. If he’s not flirting with Rogue or being abrasive to other X-Men, I don’t know if I can get behind that Gambit.
It’s a damn shame to say this. The talent certainly is there even if its a bit of a stretch to view Liev Schrieber as Sabretooth after Taylor Mane pretty much resembled the character (though he had no real dialogue or development) in the Bryan Singer X-Men film. Hugh Jackman is talented enough and really, Bryan Singer and the casting director of the first two X-Men films found a gem for playing the beloved Logan. I cannot fathom anyone other than Jackman playing the man made of adamantium. Yet a 36 percent rating at Rotten Tomatoes means that something went horribly wrong. I’ll be saving my cash for Star Trek (which I’ve never ever liked but am somehow still drawn to this “reboot”) and Terminator: Salvation for the month of May.
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