X-Men Origins: Wolverine has had a long, bumpy road to the cineplex. Director drama. Online leaks. Swine flu. Rumored secret endings. Confusion about online leaks. Free foam claws in Washington Square Park. But hoopla be damned, this prequel to the X-Men trilogy hits theaters this Friday night, unofficially kicking off the summer blockbuster season. Which begs the question: Is all of this just FOX’s way of trying to disguise the fact that they’ve delivered fans a movie that’s just so-so? Let’s investigate.
Exhibit A: In one of the first print reviews, the Daily News gives the movie one star and runs with the headline “‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ is a ‘superhero fiasco.'” His bottom line: Jackman is good but can’t make up for lackluster directing and a forgettable supporting cast.
Exhibit B: Did you know that will.i.Am was making his on-screen debut in the movie? We didn’t.
Exhibit C: Oprah has mysteriously stopped Tweeting after asking Jackman out for dinner before his appearance on her show to promo the film. Did he tell her how bad it is?
Exhibit D: It’s currently at 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. To give you some perspective, Watchmen, which many considered a box office bomb, is at 64 percent.
Exhibit E: This is all probably moot because as Slashfilm notes, “MovieTickets.com reports that over 229 screenings are now sold out for X-Men Origins: Wolverine as of 9:00am.”