The Washington Times - May 6, 2009, 03:07PM

By Heidi Haynes

When it comes to movies of almost all kinds, I classify myself as a Movie Sucker, meaning that I will pretty much enjoy any movie that is entertaining, regardless of its actual quality. Laundry lists of technical achievements aren’t really my bag, and I don’t search for hidden or deeper meaning in a movie. All I ask of a film is that it be entertaining and tell a good story, and I’ll pretty much to go the theater to see anything under the promise of popcorn.


That said, I went to the theater to watch X-Men Origins: Wolverine this weekend. Now, here is a movie that had it all, in my opinion: action, explosions, love—both brotherly and romantic, redemption, hope, a decent plot and a guy on a motorcycle. It was a comic book movie in every sense, and one that was quite enjoyable and pretty believable, for the most part (unlike some of its comic-to-film predecessors that shall remain nameless).

X-Men Origins: Wolverine: (L to R) Taylor Kitsch (Gambit), (John Wraith), Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Tim Pocock (Cyclops), Ryan Reynolds (Wade Wilson), Lynn Collins (Silverfox)

Perhaps I thought it was good because I’d heard it was only so-so and went in with slightly lowered expectation. Perhaps I liked it because I’m a sucker and had a large bag of popcorn in my lap. But more importantly, perhaps I liked it because it’s a good movie, plain and simple, and people are entirely too critical of movies these days. Sure, it’s no Shawshank Redemption, but it doesn’t claim to be. It was fun to watch, kept me engaged for the entire run and had plenty of That-Was-Cool moments. 

As it stands, I’m really not interested in hearing anything against the movie because I choose to remain a Movie Sucker. Hearing about a film’s downfalls and having gaffes pointed out or hearing about how poor a performance so-and-so gave in the film is so unappealing. It’s much more fun to go to the movies as a rube and fall for nearly everything than to be constantly disappointed or looking for the flaws or thinking how the film could have been better. I liked Wolverine and that’s that.

Heidi Haynes works for Sideshow Collectibles.