3 Redeeming Qualities of X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Even though it is widely regarded as a terrible movie, I always look back at X-Men Origins: Wolverine and imagine what could have been. Let’s look at some of the highlights of an otherwise terrible movie.

1. Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed AKA Sabretooth

Fans of the comics and animated series know that Sabretooth was always a very important character in Wolverine’s story and in X-Men canon.

They’ve always been the counterpart of one another in terms of physicality. But in previous live action films he has been a henchman for Magneto and nothing more.


Then came X-Men Origins: Wolverine and we found that he and Logan really have a very long history. But what really stood out for me was Liev Schreiber’s performance, which, for me, is the best performance of the film.

His chemistry with Hugh Jackman, his menacing laugh and smirks, his fearlessness and his complex character.

“Nobody kills you but me.” How is that both a really sweet and really disturbing line of dialogue?

2. Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson – (but not as Deadpool)

I had to put that part in brackets in because they FUCKED UP Deadpool in this movie. How can you make the Merc with a Mouth WITHOUT the mouth?

What made the choice to sew his mouth shut was that when we saw Wade Wilson in the first act of the film, he was at his absolute quippy best.

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Pissing people off with his incessant talking and jokes. I knew from that moment that he would be the perfect Deadpool – a role he was born to play.

I’ve said before that this movie is both the reason we got Deadpool and the reason we almost didn’t get Deadpool. But one this is for certain, Ryan Reynolds did a great job as Wade Wilson.

3. Amazing Opening Credits Sequence

What made the film’s reception so infuriating is that it started off so well. The introduction, with Victor Creed (Sabretooth) and James Howlett (Wolverine) running away from home and then joining war after war, fighting (probably just for the sake of fighting) and the anarchist moments of Sabretooth as Wolverine tries his best to tame him and cover up for him, shows their relationship so well.


They are typical brothers: protective of each other but often despise one another. Plus, that “wake me when it’s over” line is how you knew Victor didn’t and probably wouldn’t ever give a fuck.

Here’s part of the opening of the film for you to enjoy:

What did you think of my take on this? Did these things kinda redeem the film for you too?

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Dean Ravell

Writer/director. Fascinated with all kinds of film and just wants to be part of the wonderful world of cinema.