since di pa ko makatulog, eto muna.
XMEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
d. gavin hood
c. hugh jackman
pitch: the story traces the origins of wolverine from being a "noble fighting" mutant into being the vengeful menace that he became. chuva.
catch: masyadong pa-cool, pacing and visuals suffered
wala, bitin ito. it's not visually spectacular, the ending leaves much to be desired (pero expected anyway), and the pacing is... weird.
ewan. that sums it all up, actually. nothing more to say hehe. pero it worked for me and at the same time, it didn't. schizo, yes.
i've been a fan of the xmen series but only when it began having an animated tv series back in the '90s. hindi ko bet masyado ang magbasa ng "men in tights" comicbook sagas, kahit pinoy pa ang lead animator nito. pero just the same, aliw ako sa konseptong piniprisinta ng series: a population of mutated humans with extraordinary powers/abilities have been growing, some doing good while some doing evil stuff. er, flashforward to 2000s - does this sound familiar? but i digress.
when it made a leap into film, naturally, mas naging bet ko siya. mas nabuo ang 3D-ness ng materyal sa akin, never mind the chaka chaka script ng first XMEN movie (esp. the haller dialogues). with halle berry as storm and sir ian mckellen as magneto, benta na siya agad sa akin! tapos ang usapan! put a sexy dark-skinned pretty girl and a gay rights icon in a film and you had me at "what would you prefer, yellow spandex?" chos. and we saw wolverine patching up bits and pieces of his past in that one. this movie is actually serving as his prequel, of course.
as a prequel, it served its purpose. we saw how his bony extra "fingers" became the lovably sharp metal claw thingies we know now, and how he lost his memory, linking this film to the first xmen film. tapos ang kuwento. we also discover the origin of his xmen name, at ang iba pang chenelyn chuva chuchu back story, with the pasulpot-sulpot na familiar uncanny xmen here and there. keri ko yun.
pero di ko sure kung bakit it leaves me so bitin. maybe this won't happen if the visuals were somewhat spectacular. walang masyadong pizzazz yung texture in general. or maybe it's the action sequences, na hindi gaanong bombastic for me, na too staged and too choreographed by people-who-rip-off-hongkong-martial-arts-stunt-choreographers. something like that. or baka dahil alam ko na kasing it will do its job of impressing us with the usual formulaic elements of the "hollywood summer blockbuster" genre. hm pero hindi rin e. dapat may kuwento. bakit yung TOMB RAIDER?
pero meron naman. hitik pa nga sa kuwento, e, pero di ko pa rin masigurado kung bakit di benta sa akin ang kuwento. parang sa ibang parts may lull (like that whole sequence ng lovely chummy moments eklavulet ni logan at ni kayla chuva - sooo predictable, lalo na nung umapir na si victor mini-wolverine-like sa daanan niya laterzzz), sa ibang parts bigla na lang super-dump ng plot dumps (like that part na kinukuwestiyon ng isang heneral si col. stryker about the col's biased study as deeply rooted to his son being a mutant chuva -- hello, bad example of expository dialogue itey!!! laslas!).
i guess this is one of those films that you'll super-love or super-hate. i'm caught in the middle. maybe this is why i react this way. hm.
ewan. feeling ko... baka hindi na dapat naging pelikula ito. maybe they have to do a mini-series na lang or a series of one-hour specials chronicling the origins of each xmen. baka mas benta pa yun. pero as a film? parang kapos kasi e. yun. yun siguro yun. some parts feel stretched para maging feature-length siya when in fact this could run in just about an hour. yes, maluwag ang naratibo, hence weird nga ang pacing, and therefore the lulls.
yun. so yes... di siya worth it panoorin sa big screen. not even the "cool" tricks could save it: mga pa-art-e tira ni gambit (na hello, china-channel ba niya si brandon lee sa THE CROW???), mga pa-cool sword tricks talo bala ng baril ni ryan reynolds (hindi na siya nag-grow mula sa antics niya sa BLADE: TRINITY) and of course ang pa-wolf attack ni liev schrieber (na sumisigaw lang ang aura niya ng "i want to be *the* wolverine hehe) na hindi rin naman...happy tignan. ewan ko ba. yun yun e. hindi happy tignan ang images. kaya siguro di nagwo-work for me ito, subconsciously. hay...
basta. sayang. na hindi rin. bitin. sayang.
oh well. let's just wait 'til they make an origins film of storm, or jean grey. winner pa siguro yun. tapos kay diane keaton nila ipa-direk hehe. kung kaya ng powers niya.