Unlike most Americans, I am not entirely thrilled about the new "Wanted" movie.
This is because I was a fan of the comic book a few years ago, and unlike Marvel Comics' new "George Lucas" approach to keeping the rights of their characters, the movie studio has totally changed this movie to be a mainstream America nightmare, instead of embracing the awesome unspoiled story.
IMBD says the following:
"Wanted" tells the tale of one apathetic nobody's transformation into an unparalleled enforcer of justice"
"In 2008, we're introduced to a hero for a new generation: "
"But, slowly, he realizes there's more to his dangerous associates than meets the casual eye. And, as he wavers between new found heroism and vengeance, Wes will come to learn what no one can ever teach him; that he alone controls his destiny"
**WARNING: I will be discussing things that may or may not happen in the new movie so if you don't want to read a spoiler, or you think you are better off not knowing the better story in the comic, dont read further.**
You see in the original Story, main character Wesley is a nobody. A cubicle dwelling punching bag. His girlfriend is cheating on him, he never knew his dad, his boss is a minority protected class status and yet verbally abuses him at work, he gets chased down by gang members when he goes home... etc.
He discovers his dad was a supervillain (not a lame assasain) and that he has inherited his dad's powers and place in the organization if he can prove himself. There is no message of "good" or "heroics"... Instead you are gripped by the story immediately as Wesley decides to stop being one of the sheep and becomes a wolf who hunts them. We root for him as he learns to take a punch, leave his cheating girlfriend, quit his job and becomes rich, powerful, and feared. Hey it's not the most morally correct plot, but the sensation of seeing Wesley get everything he ever wanted, leaves you a bit envious, and it's ten times better than that "Kill one, save a thousand" line Jolie gives in the movie trailer.... Give me a break, why do we need to make everyone a good guy?
Look. Heroes are great. I dig 'em. But you can't have a hero without a villain. Everyone wants to be the big bad wolf at one point. That's why he's so darn cool.
Despite this.... The nerd in me won't let me pass it, so I guess Hollywood wins anyway. See you Friday.
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