Ahh, the first Movie of the Summer. It's like a fresh, wonderful breeze after being locked up in a house for a month or the first kiss you get - full of anticipation, joy and excitement. And it certainly doesn't hurt that it has a perfect man in the leading role - a certain Mr. Hugh Jackman.
I don't know much about Marvel comics to begin with and my entire exposure to the X-Men franchise came in the form of the 90's cartoon and the previous movies. I do know that if I have to pick a favourite Marvel character, I'd be hard-pressed to choose between Punisher, Gambit and Wolverine. So, when I see there's going to be an origins movie for Mr. Adamantium himself, I'll admit - I'm pretty excited. And as April grew crueler and crueler, I looked more and more forward to it.
This brings us to the moment of truth, finally... and? Not bad. Now, I will admit that I'm tempering my original enthusiasm. I have to be cognisant of the fact that even rotten fruit would taste like ambrosia to a starving woman. In deference to some readers, I have to say: Spoilers Abound.
Originally, I freaked out when I heard about Professor X, even though he's in the thing for all of 30 seconds. And I really got excited when I saw that Patrick Stewart had actually stopped in for the 3 lines of dialogue! Originally, I was super-excited about Gambit having a trailer-worthy role. Originally, I thought Liev Schreiber just tore it up as Sabretooth, pardon the punnage. Upon reflection, however, there are some glaring problems. I won't even get into the storyline issues - I'm sure there are plenty of better-versed people than myself that can rip it apart. Things that I'm talking about are small: Gambit's should-be-sexy-as-hell Creole accent flits in and out, sometimes missing altogether; Deadpool's far too powerful and, yet, too-easily defeated; too little of some very cool characters.
All in all, was it entertaining? Of course! Things blow up when they're supposed to and get quiet when they're supposed to... I mean, there's even a very naked Jackman in not one but TWO scenes. But there was something missing, some little thing that I can't quite place my finger on. As a result, I just didn't feel like it was everything it could have been. 3 out of 5 stars.