Another day, another matinee movie trifle.  I love the summer!

Plot Synopsis: I'm not a real X-men fan although I've seen one or two of the movies, so I don't know how closely this one followed Wolverine's comic book origins.  But the title really is a valid plot synopsis.  Over the opening credits you see Wolverine and Sabretooth (neither yet so named; Sabretooth is in fact never so named in the film.)  growing up over about 150 years of wars.  Then they fall in with Stryker.  Wolverine quits.  They murder his girlfriend; he gets adamantiumized; general chaos and attempted vengeance ensues.  Three Mile Island gets destroyed, a whole bunch of suggestively costumed teenagers get rescued (apparently including at least Storm, Cyclops, and Emma Frost).  Patrick Stewart appears in the last moments of the film in what may be the most random cameo ever, as Xavier.  How he knew to turn up with that fancy helicopter and pick up the kids at that very moment, like an on-schedule school bus, no one will ever know.  But no matter, the children are "safe now." 

My Take: Why did I go to see this film?  I went to see this film because of the trailer before Star Trek.  The trailer showed Hugh Jackman in skin tight clothing, and/or partial lack of clothing.  Very nice.  I am particularly fond of the torn-up, filthy wife beater.  There is a shortage in this world of movies meant as eye candy for those who like boys.  This movie did not disappoint at all in that aspect.  Hugh Jackman jumping stark naked out of a waterfall?  Yessirreebob.  The movie was basically boys being boys playing with other boys and boyish toys in extremely tight and/or nonexistent clothing.  As promised by the trailer. 

As for the plot?  Well, as I said above, I cannot judge it from a fennish perspective.  It was a perfectly serviceable action movie plot.  It did not suffer from an excess of making sense.  There was so much going on, so many nemeses, that it, well, it wasn't exactly hard to follow, it just...didn't suffer from an excess of making sense.  I would say the first hour/hour and a half was delightful mindless summer fun.  The last 30 minutes or so was just so nonsensical (especially, as mentioned above, the Picard cameo) as to be a loss.  
I went to see this pretty randomly, at loose ends on a weekday afternoon with nothing much to do.  Choices were fairly limited, and I picked this. 

Plot Synopsis:  This is A Christmas Carol remade as a romantic comedy.  The protagonist, rather than denying the spirit of Christmas and being a stingy bastard, denies the spirit of love and is a locked up serial womanizer.  It's actually sort of brilliant and makes a very real type of sense.  I left the movie wondering why no one had gone there before.  Admittedly, the whole "ghost" thing is a little weird since none of the relevant people are dead.  (Except the Marley figure, an uncle who raised the protagonist to his woman hating ways.)  Anyway, I don't even really need to give a plot synopsis, because you know the drill.  The protagonist goes to his brother's wedding and behaves badly.  Three ghosts come and show him a) all the bad he's done, b) the mess that is going on amongst his loved ones right now, and c) how he and his brother will both die sad and alone if he doesn't change.  Then, he changes.  Everyone lives happily ever after.  Even though the wedding cake is destroyed. 

My Take: I probably would have enjoyed the movie more if I were fond of either of the lead actors--Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner.  However, it was a cute romantic comedy.  Nothing special, but really surprisingly not bad.  A fun trifle for a summer afternoon.  (Or whatever season mid-May really is.)  If you don't like the genre, it definitely isn't for you.  It probably isn't worth an actual movie ticket in any case, unless you, like me, get the occasional hankering to just go to the movies.  However, if you do like the genre, it's worth putting in your queue. 



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