The first two chapters of the comic book are amazing in a really appallingly questionable way, but once all the life transformation stuff is out of the way and the boring revenge story kicks in, it just becomes very shooty and dull. Does Wesley casually rape and murder Britneyish popstars during his training in the film? Is he even a proper supervillain (which is the whole point of the whole thing in the comic book) or just a bog-standard-albeit-very-good assassin? Does his mentor have a taste for underage prostitutes? Is there a big monster made of the shit of evil dictators from throughout history? Because I've not seen any of those things mentioned in the film reviews (so far).
No, the film's nothing like that, Nick - it's definitely much more geek-chucked-in-at-the-deep-end with all the corresponding cliches you'd expect to find. It's nowhere near as bloodthirsty as the comic sounds, at least in terms of Wesley's character.
I loved it, mind. Some moments were brilliantly indulgent (the part where he pwns his boss and 'friend' in particular), and the twist was really effective. But what's with Angelina
playing assassins given the job of bumping off someone they like? As far as one-trick ponies go, it's a weird one.
James McAvoy was excellent too, I'd say it was one of his greatest performances. And bearing in mind I'd even do him in character as Mr Tumnus, watching him giving it the whole tough-n-sexy routine in Wanted had me all kinds of hot and bothered.