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I met with Jo today to catch the 6.15 performance of ‘X Men Origins: Wolverine‘ at the local Odeon.

Starring Hugh Jackman, it’s a prequel to the previous X-Men films and tells of how the character – Logan – becomes Wolverine.

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The film started much sooner than we expected – around 6.25 – as there wasn’t the normal endless run of trailers for upcoming films.

It was a slow start as the film took time to create the back-story, but before long, we were into the action where the special effects were truly superb. I was quite surprised at the similarity in an early part of the film with this and the story of Batman/Superman – both relying on the death of parents (Batman) and an elderly couple discovering the hero whilst out driving in their car and then befriending him (Superman). Thereafter, the story took a very different path – but I won’t spoil the plot here!

In the closing scenes, Patrick Stewart appeared as his character Xavier to give sanctuary to the young mutants. At least I think it was Patrick Stewart! They’d given him a digital makeover to make him look younger – but for me, he just looked a bit strange, like he’d ODed on Botox. Curious!

All-in-all, we enjoyed the film. Not the best of scripts (this wasn’t Hamlet by any means), but the action more than made up for it.

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Star Trek next week (if we can get in!)

Any comments?