The big-ticket movie this weekend at the theatres of course comes to us from Hollywood. It's on the life of Wolverine, one of the more interesting characters from the Marvel Comics super-hero series X Men.
Now, unlike, say a Spider Man, Super Man or even Batman, X-Men have little resonance in India. Partly because we didn't quite grow up with them.
This is Hollywood's fourth, the latest Star Trek film, Wolverine is a sort of a post-dated prequel. It explores the origin of the character itself. So, we first watch the superhero with his villainous half-brother as kids. Both have who has the same powers.
Then they fight the American Civil War, the 2nd World War, and even the Vietnam war. Why, I am not sure. Except that they're patriots. And they're now having similar fun in Nigeria.
Under the command of a crazy colonel, Wolverine realises his missions are actually jingoistic, and destructive for the sake of it. He gives up, before he must fight the enemies within. Fans of Australian hunk Hugh Jackman will probably enter the theatres for him alone. But it's sad that of all the super heroes, Jackman had to settle for this.
Wolverine, if you didn't know already, is gifted with knuckles that fish out sharp, thin swords. This doesn't seem a big deal. Because otherwise too, he is indestructible. Nothing can kill him.
Of late, films on super heroes like Spiderman have explored the vulnerabilities of the character. Since Wolverine is actually invincible, it makes him super-boring actually.
The movie then relies entirely on special effects and first-rate work on CGI, or computer-generated images. For sure, you're wowed in some parts.
But an entire movie with absolutely no layers, not one kick-ass line of dialogue and hardly a new twist to the material? It can become hard to take after a while. Batman upped the ante with Dark Knight. This one just gets dumb and dumber.
It almost surprises me that the director of this film also made the incredible gang-street drama Tsotsi. It's South Africa's City of God or Satya. You must catch that film. I hope Mr Gavin Hood got paid well for this seriously lazy work.