Monday, May 18, 2009

Happy Victoria Day (a.k.a. May 2-4)

We saw X-Men Origins: Wolverine today. It hasn't been getting great reviews, but I thought it was a good, entertaining movie. Yeah, it's not deep, and the supporting characters aren't that well developed, and I suppose it's a bit formulaic - but it's a comic book movie, and I have different (lower) expectations for comic book movies.

I expect comic book movies to be entertaining and to add knowledge to the comic book universe. I also like there to be some action and an interesting story. Personally, I thought that this movie delivered; it was fun to watch, exciting, and interesting for a comic book movie.

The only thing I didn't like was the guy explaining the entire Wolverine history (comics, tv, and movies) to his girlfriend who knew little to nothing of the franchise. He talked and talked and talked and talked and talked through the entire movie.

As an aside: people, please don't do this. I don't *care* how much you know about the movie or its history. Your knowledge isn't going to disappear by the end of the movie. Really, it won't. So wait until after you've both left the theatre to natter at your companion. Anything else is annoying and disrespectful to the people around you.

I asked the guy to be quiet once and I thought about sliding over and kicking the back of his seat every time he opened his annoying mouth. I didn't do that because I thought Ian wouldn't like it .. but afterwards he said he thought I should've used my cane on him. I'll remember that for the future.

The fact that I don't know much about the whole Marvel universe or Wolverine's history didn't stop me from enjoying the movie. I may have enjoyed it more than someone who knows that history because the movie changed some details. So there, man who annoyed me.

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