Posted by Martin:
I am not a comic book geek. I have never been a serious collector of comics. I say that to define my own expectation of Wolverine. X-Men 2 was an excellent comic book movie, I even included it in a top ten list. But this movie isn't nearly as interesting as that movie was.
Wolverine was a sickly child
We are told that Wolverine was really a sickly child born in the early 19th century. But the writers couldn't be bothered with exaplining first of all, why was he sick, and secondly, why isn't he sickly anymore? Pre-credits he is a very sick child, during the opening credits he is a skilled war hero, in MANY MANY wars, and during the movie his sickness is never mentioned again. So the opening is simply to show that Wolverine has bones that come out of his hands like claws. (Apparently this is NOT how it happens in the original comics) The scene simply exists to say, "Look Wolverine Was Once a Wimp!" But why is that neccessary? It isn't.
Wolverine has joined the American Army, but he was born in Canada but never you mind that, In that time his brother Saber-Tooth has become a loose canon. So after some poor choices both Wolverine and Sabertooth end up being sentenced to execution by firing squad. Of course they survive. Unfortunatly we don't see the firing squads reaction when they don't die. Instead we see the cut to them imprisoned. What a great scene that was missed,
Sleepy Special Effects
From a techinal stand point the special effects are very lacking. To spend so little effort on the blades that come out of Wolverine's hands shows just how little effort there was put into this film. Which ultimately leads to boredom in the theater.
Being bored during ANY movie is a bad thing. It is sure death to a comic book movie.