Comic book film adaptations recently have become very serious and respectable with The Dark Knight and Watchmen demonstrating that films based on comic books can possess a high degree of plausibility, complexity and human drama. So it is rather fun to get back to basics with the latest film from the X-Men franchise X-Men Origins: Wolverine, as it is good old-fashioned High Concept B-grade filmmaking. As the title of the film suggests, it is a prequel about the background of the popular Wolverine character (once again played very charismatically by Hugh Jackman), who has animal like instincts, the ability to heal almost instantly and deadly claw-like bones that protrude from between the knuckles of his hands. X-Men Origins: Wolverine reveals how Wolverine emotionally, mentally and physically becomes the character that he is when audiences first encountered him on the big screen in Bryan Singer’s 2000 film X-Men.
After the triumph of last year’s brilliantly nihilistic Match Point Woody Allen returns to very familiar ground with Scoop. Again set in London, Scoop is classic Allen – light comedy with a murder mystery plot, supernatural themes and enough jokes about sex, death, psychoanalysis and philosophy to keep fans happy.
Darren Aronofsky’s previous films (Pi and Requiem for a Dream) were overrated exercises in style over substance, establishing Aronofsky as a talented visual director who needs a better grasp over his material. Unfortunately The Fountain is a giant step backwards into New Age nonsense.