Here’s the movie review for the SHOUT! Factory DVD, Marvel Knights Wolverine: Origin Written by Eisner Award-winner Paul Jenkins from a story by Joe Quesada, Paul Jenkins and Bill Jemas with captivating artwork by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove.
“Wolverine is the best there is at what he does–although of course, what he does isn’t very nice. But long before he was a member of the X-Men, a tormented experiment of the Weapon X project, or even a savage bar brawler known as Logan, he was simply a young boy.
What incredible forces created this man, the world’s greatest killing machine? For years, Wolverine has searched desperately for answers from his past, from the wilds of the Canadian wilderness to the teeming cities of Japan and beyond. And despite his perseverance and longing for the truth, he remains an enigma to himself and those around him. But, in this landmark event, Marvel reveals all: The birth and childhood of young James Howlett…the intriguing secrets of his family history…and the tragedy that changed everything.”
This animated movie has in every way captured what made this one of the best origin stories Marvel has to offer. The emotion, the trauma, all just created an atmosphere in which you believe that this must be why he is the way he is now. They created a story that stands on its own. Something that adds to the appeal of his character through sympathy. His life has been filled with tragedy and that is what we see throughout this movie. Nothing new compared to what he goes through now, but back then everything was new to him and that is how he truly grew as a character. Even if you knew this story already from the books, the animated movie manages to be just as engaging if not more because of the effort put into it.
You can tell with this story here that they know Wolverine. When you watch something like this you expect to be drawn in to the same character you read in the comics. They took the time to think of a story that many fans would appreciate and aren’t familiar with, and turned it into something entertaining yet memorable. What Wolverine went through between his sickness, death of his father, beatings, and the loss of both Rose and his memories is something you don’t forget. What defines Wolverine all starts here.
The voice acting was very natural. Mainly between Logan and Rose. You felt the pain and confusion that surrounded Logan, and you felt the innocence of Rose as she finds herself thrown into a situations in which she has little control. Personally Logan’s voice was a bit off in terms of pitch, but you still know it’s him because his voice is intimidating.
Like other animated movies alike, the art style is something that is unique to all the motion comics alike and like the rest they manage to capture the essence of every event that takes place. Between the expressions, actions, transitions, and detail are all done so well. They intend to make you feel like you are seeing the book come to life on-screen and that is generally what I got from it whilst I watched the movie. Just the process in which they brought motion to these pictures is something to admire for the fact that they wanted to make it still feel like a comic and did just that.
Bonus Features Include:
The exclusive retrospective with the Eisner Award-Winning creative team behind ORIGIN. Joe Quesada, Paul Jenkins and Bill Jemas take the time to explore how they brought this story to life and why it is a very important story not only to Wolverine but to Marvel in general.
Total Feature Running Time: +/- 66 minutes