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I wasn't much feeling like doing a review of Smallville this week, but I did go to the movies and see 2 of the biggest summer movie releases. 

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I'll start with Wolverine, because I saw that first.

Hmmm, well....Hugh Jackman has a nice body.

Honestly, I'm not a big X-Men fan, and of the X-Men, I'm not a big Wolverine fan.  So, that does beg the question why I even went to see this film.  And while I think Hugh Jackman is a decent actor with a great build, I can't really call myself a fan.  His acting in this film seems to consist mostly of screaming "Victor!" "ARGHHHHH!" and posing in such a way as to accentuate his muscle veins.  I found it particularly chuckle-worthy when he shows up for one of his many tussles with brother Victor (Liev Schreiber, giving a performance way too good for this film) having lost his shirt, and now only wearing a wifebeater. 

I know that Ryan Reynolds is probably being saved for a later film, whether that be his own series or a sequel, but he still feels wasted here.  And thats a shame.  But he's not the only one.  Most of the other mutants feel wasted.  They're hardly on screen long enough to make an impression. 

The one character who does feel like he was put to decent use was Gambit.  And the actor that plays him looks perfect for the role, and moves perfect for the role.  Unfortunately, he also garbles his lines and is in now way coming close to a New Orleans drawl.  Still, he pretty much comes across as one of the cooler characters.

The whole love story angle of this film left me cold, and its a pretty essential element.  I also didn't understand the point of the beginning of the film, with a young Jimmy and Victor.  Why was Jimmy sickly?  Who was the guy that wasn't his real father?  What the hell was going on?  The battlefield montages were cool, but sort of felt unnecessary and very long.

So, to sum up, not a horrible film.  Some decent FX (some cheap looking FX too).  But nothing to get excited about.

Now, onto to Star Trek.  Which I completely LOVED!

I watched the original Star Trek as a kid, and followed TNG as well.  But I'm not what you'd consider a Trekkie.  And with this film, you don't have to be.  But you also can be, and its still a good film.

I only had one complaint with this film, and thats some of the directing choices.  I'm not a huge fan of the shakey cam, and there was one scene in particular where the camera was shaking all over the place, and it drove me nuts.  Because it held no purpose for the scene.  Also, some of the fight scenes are hard to make out due to the way they're filmed. 

But with that aside, this film is so much fun.  And its funny!  Much funnier then you think its going to be.  The cast was spot-on.  Every single one of them.  My favorite was Karl Urban's Leonard "Bones" McCoy, but then I'm biased.  Eomer was totally my LOTR boyfriend.  But really, the cast was tremendous, and I left the theater wanting to go on a dozen more adventures with them. 

I also found it very clever how they created a storyline that explained why the continuity would differ from the original Star Trek.  Thats smart thinking, and it was done in a very subtle way.  There's time travel involved, and thats always a head scratcher, but this is one of those films where its just better not to dwell on it too heavily.

I did wonder why Winona Ryder in old age makeup was cast as Spock's mom.  Whats the point?

Star Trek was a film that I want to go see again.  In the theater.  And that doesn't happen very often.  The best way to describe it is Fun!  Just lots and lots of Fun!  I want a sequel right now.

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gildinwen
May. 11th, 2009 02:39 am (UTC)
I think Little James was sickly because it was the start of his mutation coming through. If his mutation was superhealing it would make sence that before puberty he was very ill.

As for the man who wasn't his father. James and Victor are half brothers yes? Or no? I haven't read a marvel comic for a while, as I've switched to DC.
jeannev
May. 11th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Ah, OK, that makes sense. It just went right over my head.
jlvsclrk
May. 11th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
My favorite was Karl Urban's Leonard "Bones" McCoy, but then I'm biased. Eomer was totally my LOTR boyfriend.

Totally! I'm so glad to hear he did well with the role. I have to wait 'til the upcoming weekend to see Star Trek because we're doing a family get together for my sister's birthday. I'm so happy to hear its worth waiting for!!!!
jeannev
May. 11th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
Its great. I hope you enjoy it!
canadabear
May. 11th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
I also didn't understand the point of the beginning of the film, with a young Jimmy and Victor. Why was Jimmy sickly? Who was the guy that wasn't his real father? What the hell was going on?

I think making wee!Jimmy sickly is just a wink at the fact that he's got one of the highest rates of regeneration in the Marvel world, IIRC. The man that was killed was who Jimmy thought was his father and who would have been Mr. Howlett. The bearded guy (Mr. Logan) was actually Jimmy's father, insinuating that his mother had been unfaithful, and also Victor's father. Jimmy's mutation manifests and he kills Logan for killing Howlett. It was all basically a way to make Victor and Jimmy brothers, which I don't believe they actually are in origin comics. In fact, it was the original intent to make Victor Logan's father, but that never happened.
jeannev
May. 11th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
AH, OK. Now I'm more confused, LOL I liked Mr Howlett though. For the 30 seconds he was on screen.
iris_summers
May. 11th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yes! I totally agree with ya about Star Trek. It was just so much *fun* to watch. I'm not a big stickler for canon-reverence, but the film managed to be respectful to the original while modernising it with lots of cool special effects and action and humor. The thing I was most surprised by was how funny I found it. All the snark and zingers and goofy humor.

And the cast was truly excellent. Never watched Heroes, so I was neutral towards Quinto (tho he was the most striking deadringer for the Original Character among the cast), but he did a great job as young!Spock. He was the closest in terms of both looks and the tone of his acting to the original IMO. But the rest did a fantastic job too. I especially liked Karl Urban, John Cho and the endearing cutie who played Chekov. :)
jeannev
May. 11th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'm no fan of Quinto's Sylar, but he was a marvelous Spock. He just totally got the character, and played his subtle humor so well. I was impressed by him, and I'd never been before. And Pine? What a find!

I think its one of those movies that really managed to do almost everything right. Films like that are rare.
amelietw
May. 11th, 2009 02:26 pm (UTC)
I think you just convinced me to go see those two movies, especially Star Trek!! :)

My favorite was Karl Urban's Leonard "Bones" McCoy, but then I'm biased. Eomer was totally my LOTR boyfriend.

I hear ya!! :D I just bought the "Doom" DVD to admire his skills.... (that was him right? I have a blank! LOL
jeannev
May. 11th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Definitely go see Star Trek. I'm recommending it to everyone.

Karl Urban is Foxy!
goodvibe
May. 12th, 2009 07:29 am (UTC)
So.Much.Love for Star Trek. Ray and I watched it over the weekend, and todays a public holiday here so we're going to see it again with his sister and the kids tonight. Terrific casting, and a great set up for future stories.

Haven't seen Wolverine yet, nor do I think I will either. I loved the first two X-Men films, but I have to admit, I think these origin-story movies idea is very lame.
jeannev
May. 12th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Unless you're really a Wolverine fan, or a Hugh Jackman fan, I can't say I'd really urge anyone to see that film.

But Star Trek? Everyone should go! And I can't wait for the next film. I wish they were already filming the sequel, because this film fills you with so much anticipation for the next adventure.
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