Look, here’s the deal: I’m seeing “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” on the big screen. That’s all there is to it. I’m not ruining the opportunity to watch Wolverine bone-claw his way through the adamantium on a dingy TV or computer screen with unfinished special effects ala the leaked workprint from earlier this month. And FOX is telling me that the workprint is missing new, crucial footage anyway and is months old, and there are still new footage to be added. Like, TONS of new footage. And FOX wouldn’t lie to me, would they? They’re good, honest people, right? Um, not so much, it would appear.
Here is one of AICN‘s pooper scoopers on the workprint and the finished version, of which he has apparently seen (being a real, honest to goodness paid critic and such, we imagine, though apparently not one above breaking his contractual agreement not to spoil the film on the web, ahem):
Well, having seen the finished film, the mystery is solved: the workprint version IS in fact identical to the release print, sans effect and some audio work. It’s obvious that FOX is trying their darndest to keep this news from getting out, because it will eliminate most of the motivation for people who have seen the workprint to pay for a ticket.
He also mentions that a lot of the scenes from the trailer, like the one with a young Ororo (aka Storm) and a scene of Wolvie at the beach with his recently-killed girlfriend doesn’t show up in the finished movie. I could do without both scenes, though I found this a tad disappointing:
The finished effects are lackluster, to say the least – some really bad CGI work made me groan numerous times (especially, but not restricted to, Patrick Stewart’s cameo). The scene with Stewart looks so much better in the workprint – trying to digitally de-age him did NOT work this time around…
Disappointing, but not unexpected. I think you could tell from the trailers that a lot of the wirework just doesn’t work. I mean, whenever Wolverine is tossed through the air it looks OBVIOUS he’s being jerked back by a big rope that, apparently whoever did the jerking wasn’t strong enough to give it that fluid motion. I mean, damn, Hong Kong filmmakers do this thing flawlessly on a tiny budget, and the “Wolverine” folks can barely make an effort with their gazilion dollars? Ridiculous.
And oh yeah, apparently Patrick Stewart has a cameo.
Below: Wolverine vs. Gambit. See, this is what happens when you play cards with your friends using real money. It never ends well.