Yep, this is my â€œJust saw it @ Midnight, and I want to talk about itâ€ mini Wolverine chat. I went to the midnight show (with my newly-minted 18-year0-old son) to the film, and he seemed to like it, although he felt that it needed more of the other X-Men involved with the action.
Personally, I felt that while I did enjoy the backstory which let us in on the fact that Wolverine (and his brother, who winds up being Sabertooth), are about 150 years old, and then we watch at the two lads grow up and fight in virtually every single armed conflict from the mid 1800s to Vietnam, which is when the real story begins. (Interestingly enough, the opening sequence felt a bit like the opening to Watchmen, only with not as cool a soundtrack).
Still, there was much snarling and sharp-edged weapons flashed through the film as well as explosions, and cameos of other X-characters (plus not one, but two tacked-on post scripts that run during the ending credits, as well as one surprise big-name reprise).
The film is fast and furious and plays well into the legions of who Wolverine is (hey, Iâ€™ve been reading comics since the very early â€˜60s and until recently I didnâ€™t know that Wolvie had this much back story (I stopped regularly reading X-Men in the mid â€˜90s). Anyway, even though I recognized many of the characters (there were a couple I couldnâ€™t completely place) and was aware of much of the plot threads that ran through the film, and still rather enjoyed what was going on in the film version of his past.
The interaction between Logan (Jackman) and Creed (Liev Schreiber) plays well and you can see some of the animosity that will keep them at each others throats. We get to see how an already clawed Logan has Adamantium (a super-cool, wicked-hard comicbook metal) is infused into his bones, and why and how he lost him memories (which he doesnâ€™t fully regain until the X-Men trilogy).
On the down side, those of you who donâ€™t know as much about his visceral past might find some of this film a tad tedious, plus as this is all prequel there are no colorful costumes, and many of the characters that you might have gotten used to seeing in the first films simply arenâ€™t here. Dylan felt that most views might want to see more of the kind of large-scale action from the first films, which is missing from this film, as it is much more of a personal story.
What surprised me, was that, yeah, it is a â€œschool/workâ€ night but the Midnight show at my local theater was not quite half full, and much of the â€œcrowdâ€ didnâ€™t arrive until just a couple of minutes before the lights went down and the trailers started to play. In years past, Iâ€™ve been to these events with theaters so packed that management opened up another screen. I canâ€™t help but to wonder if the crappy economy and the fact that a not-quite-completed-version was leaked online a month or so back hurt sales.
Still, it was a fun ride, and (I believe) still worth the trip out.