I get it, I do... The kids who grew up reading the X-Men and Wolverine comics are now big Man-Children like me and have more grown-up tastes, but does that really mean that we need to take a property like Wolverine, who on film has existed firmly in the PG-13 realm for 6 outings now, and give him the R-Rated treatment to try to cash in on the excitement over the success of Deadpool? f you are sitting there saying that there isn't a correlation, then ask yourself why the 3rd solo film has been announced for quite some time now, but they have only settled on an R rating now that they are largely done counting the piles of Deadpool cash. Hollywood has always had a bad habit of jumping on the trends-de-jour at breakneck speed, but this time I think it's not a good move. Here's why-
I'm a father first and a movie lover second (although truth be told, it's not always in that order depending on the day(or shall I say release date.)) One of my absolute favorite things to do is to take my children to the movies. I can not overstate the joy it brings me to see the love and excitement of film pass along to my little ones. When the first X-Men movie came out in 2000, my oldest was only 11 months old. He was not one for superheroes yet, so I had to wait a bit. By the time X-Men: The Last Stand came out in 2006, I was able to get him caught up in time to take him to the theatre to see the film on the big screen. We, along with my other kids, have enjoyed seeing just about every superhero film in the theatre since. This is firmly in tradition territory now, but given that the older kids are still only 16, 15, 13, and 10, it looks like we will have to skip Hugh Jackman's "last" turn as Weapon X due to the Deadpool effect.
When trailers for Deadpool came out, I had a hard enough time telling the kids that just because the Marvel logo was at the beginning, didn't mean that they would get to go see it. Mind you I am no prude, I believe that all three of my favorite films of all-time are R-rated and I enjoy a salty tale as much as the next guy. But for these little ones, I am a firm believer that there is an age appropriate time to let them see certain things. When the next installment of Wolverine comes out, I know that the pushback I get from them is going to be much worse since they were allowed to watch all preceding films in the series, so why can't they go see this one?
My question for Fox is this... Were the other Wolverine movies not violent enough? I seem to remember many people getting impaled, slashed, even decapitated. Will dialing it to 11 really add that much? Maybe we need more language to make a good film. I can only recall two F-bombs in the previous movies. Somehow I doubt that the problem with X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the lack of profanity though. How about boobs then? personally, I thought that they did try that in Origins but I guess The Blob doesn't do it for everyone.
I have absolutely no doubt that an R-Rated Wolverine will make huge gobs of sweaty money (and some of that will be from me,) but is it necessary? Will it make the film better? Will it make my job as a movie loving, kid loving dad harder? The answer to at least one of those questions is yes. Only time will tell on the other two.