I just watched about 3/4's of this movie (missed the beginning) and was very impressed.
This movie kind of has the feel of the first few that came out long ago, it has that original X-men magic and feel to it in that it just flows and all the characters seem real believable.
The thing I like about X-men characters is that they're all flawed in some way shape or form, in that they remind you of your next door neighbor or some guy/gal on the street corner, or even yourself.
The X-men hero's just seem like believable characters who happen to be born with super powers.
Many don't even see themselves as 'hero's' but rather as outcasts, and really only a very few of them actually unite to form a 'super team'.
But the rest are just out there getting by best they can.
I really enjoyed this movie a lot, especially that one guy who could move at hyper speed.
And in this movie they brought back many of the original cast members and is why it just flowed, the fell right back into their natural roles very easily. The cast of X-men have really good chemistry together.
I enjoyed this movie way better than I did 'The Wolverine' which just focused on a single episode of his life without incorporating any of his former pals into the script.
This movie kicks butt...I watched it on HBO...not sure if it was released in movie theaters first in that I never go to movie theaters anymore.
The movie kind of plays out like a Shakespearian play or something, full of tragedy, romance, humor and bravado.
Most casual watchers of the X-men forget that Wolverine had a brother who appeared in the movie
But after that movie you never heard from him or about him again in any other of the series.
I believe his name was 'Victor' and he was Wolverines older brother and far more 'crazy' or animalistic.
'Wolverine, Origins' also seems to be one of the most forgotten movies in the X-men series but actually is one of the most important link movies of them all, as it explains why Wolverine is the way he is, why he had memory loss in the movie 'X-men', and it explains a lot of other things, even Striker and Wolverines relationship.
But back to Victor, Wolverines brother, you just never hear about him ever again after this movie.
Like Wolverine he could regenerate damaged tissue and had claws, but his claws were more like a Tiger or bear claws.
And if anything I'd compare his mutation more to that of 'Beast man'..
Victor was basically the Beast in that he had incredible strength, the only difference was Victor didn't have to transform, he could stay in his natural human form and still have his powers.
But he was one crazy hombre and movie ends with him and his brother parting ways after defeating another mutant gone mad.