Wolverine grows up with his brother Victor Creed, progressing through multiple wars before joining up with Weapon X. He then later has to return to Weapon X's leader, William Stryker for help, getting his Adamantium claws in the process.
Overall this was a good film, but it wasn't brilliant, and had a lot of disappointing parts to it. The story itself was amazingly handled, adapting some of the most key parts of Wolverine history brilliantly, but there were still some things that let it down, and the overall story structure could have been better. The main thing was a few of the character's, that were a little off, and not as I'd imagine them to be. There was however plenty of action, as well as some explosive action, which was entertaining, but it didn't take away much from the bad. I haven't seen any other films by director Gavin Hood, but he did a decent job of this one, and I don't feel that he was the reason for the bad parts of this film, blaming the designers, and writers for that.
Although some of the character's were off a little from the comics, I generally liked the cast choices, with certain ones being perfect for their respective roles. I will however once again start with the main character Wolverine, who is always played perfectly by Hugh Jackman. To be honest I feel that Jackman's performances as the character is enough to keep fans who hate any of the previous X-Men films give it another chance, as he's simply amazing at playing the emotionally scared character, with this being one of his best performances bar his performance in The Wolverine. He also handled the action scenes perfectly, and added humour when necessary which was nice, and well handled. The rest of the cast which included Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed, Danny Huston as William Stryker, Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox, Taylor Kitsch as Gambit, will.i.am as John Wraith, Kevin Durand as Blob, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool (Wade Wilson), as well as others all did a great job of their characters (even if they not accurate to the comics), with Reynolds portrayal of Wade, and Screiber's of Creed standing out the most.
Another concept that was shown in this film was that of Weapon X, which we last saw in film during X2: X-Men United. Now Weapon X is another key story to Wolverine's history, with it originally being how Wolverine got his claws (now being how Wolverine became indestructible). Again not a lot was wrong with the adaptation, and I actually liked how they went down the line of having a Weapon X team. The members of the team were also well picked, as although some I couldn't care much for, it was nice to see the likes of Wraith, and Blob, as well as Wade. I also liked how they didn't waste a lot of time showing Wolverine getting the Adamantium put into him, as we've seen it before, and it would have slowed the film down too much.
Wolverine has had a lot of relationships over his life, and this would show yet another one, this time being with Silverfox. Now besides her connection to Wolverine I don't know a great deal about her character so can't really judge on how well she was taken from comics to screen, though from the little I know I personally feel it was well handled. I also liked how she was a catalyst for the story of this film, and that parts of her history were shown in this film, which was nice.
There was also some great action scenes, and although I didn't like Deadpool the fight between him, and Wolverine was visually amazing. I also really enjoyed the chase with Wolverine trying to avoid a Weapon X helicopter, and the bar fight between Wolverine, and Creed was also very dramatic, with a lot of depth, and mood.
There would also be a credit scenes, as well as an alternative scene, one of which teases a future Deadpool film, with his mouth now open, and the other having Wolverine in a bar, teasing The Wolverine film. Besides being low level teasers these don't do much for the film, and especially the Deadpool one considering it was said that if he featured in a film again they'd be forgetting his appearance in this film.
This was a good film, with some problems. It had plenty of action, as well as emotion, and was brilliantly cast. It also perfectly adapted some of the key parts of Wolverine's history, as well as add on top of that. This was still however nothing amazing, as it lacked in overall structure, and ruined Deadpool. I would however still recommend at least seeing this film once, as it's definitely worth a try, as you're bound to like it to a certain extent (just don;t expect to necessarily love it).