Disclaimer: I am a fan of comics, a serious fan of comics and overall a fan of the WANTED comic. My opinions are going to be skewed and should not be taken as the sanction or prohibition of a sane reviewer.
EDIT: Check out a graphic representation of why The Comic is Superior
Let me first state three impressions I got from this film overall, the director loves slow motion, Glass breaks into little squares when people run through it and script consistency was not job #1 when the final shooting script was used.
For example, we are treated to a superhuman display of speed and agility by someone who were are initially led to believe is one of only two people with said magical skills in the movie. However, later in the film it is revealed that this person is not one of the two. While it is demonstrated that “Sloan” has some skills, only James McAvoy’s character is supposed to be in possesion of said magical killing abilities. Why then in the twist do we find out that the character of the dead man is not whom we are told he is, thereby negating the “only two people” line from earlier? Perhaps I misheard it?
Angelina Jolie can look as if she wants to eat children if she holds her head a certain way, in the first scene with Angelina Jolie she makes a kind of concerned/concentration face that lets me fully believe that she is a hardened comic villain. It’s too bad the story strays so far from the comic, as her character is totally wasted. (literally)
I am aware that Mark Millar was enthusiastic about the film; but this is one of those situations where the creator and the fans might have to disagree. “Wanted” the film is a great ation film, but the loss of the “evil” parts of Wesley’s training and the total loss of the wanton violence and wonder of the Super Villains makes the movie less entertaining than the book. I like the movie, but loved the book.
I didn’t think “Wanted” was horrible, and enjoyed the action, but won’t recommend it over the book. If you are in the mood for a hard action movie with a great deal of visual flair, by all means, check it out. If you are a fan of the book, don’t go into it expecting too much.