Reviewed Jun 07, 2012
The fourth 'X-Men' branded movie arrived acrest a huge wave of publicity (the rough cut 'leaked' on-line; the revelation that there are multiple endings for different markets), but the extra word-of-mouth this has undoubtedly generated helped gloss over some of the movies' rife shortcomings.
Some of the movie feels rushed, not quite the finished product and that applies to the script as much as the CGI. Some of the dialogue is clunky (also, where are Logan's wisecracks?) with too many characters crow-barred in for too brief a time, whilst the fight that serves for the grand finale feels as though, after building up to it for 20 mins, it was hurried out of the way to get to the (inevitable) sequel set-up.
On the positive side, Liev Schreiber is intimidating and imposing as Victor Creed and Jackman disappears in the shadow of his charisma. Lynn Collins tries hard as Kayla (just enough of a hint of Native American) and the opening montage is very clever.
It might function as mindless summer entertainment, but it is mostly a disappointement due to what it easily could have been, as a big Wolverine fan (I own comic #1 onwards) perhaps my expectations were too high. It makes one wonder what director Gavin Hood reportedly clashed with the studio over and where Fox intends on taking the 'X-Men Origins' brand considering Marvel are now a studio on their own right.
Wolverine may consider himself the best at what he does but he needs a little more practice at making movies.