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Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Patrick Stewart as Professor X, and Ian McKellan as Magneto really steal the show. They've embodied their characters, and work well together. The message of discrimination is never played heavy-handed, but it comes across. All in all, a solid performance.
Michael Kamen's music is wonderful and fitting. Just the right amount of adrenaline and somberness. (I recommend you by the CD as well as the DVD!)
In short, X-Men is a rewarding superhero flick. People with children however, should be warned that there is an amount of violence, but it is not gory. All in all, and excellent movie.
What distinguishes this film from other lesser film adaptions is an intelligent script, or at least intelligent for the genre. Character development isn't sacrificed to make room for more standard mindless special effects and action setpieces, like in some movies ("Batman and Robin", anyone?).
The in-jokes are funny, and the characters' history and motivations are treated with a fan's level of respect.
If the filmmakers can retain those elements of character-driven story and a respect for the source material in future installments, then they may have a successful movie franchise on their hands.
Update January 01, 2015: My review from 2000 --- I meant it at the time. Just watched it again today for the first time in about 14 years. I have to say that it didn't hold up as well as I'd hoped. It really comes off too serious and self-important now. In the years since the release of "X-Men" we've been treated to several of its sequels, a spinoff, 3 really decent Spider-Man films (and 2 that were terrible), 3 "Iron Man" films, two "Captain America" films, 2 good "Batman" films" (plus one really horrible one) and one "Avengers" film. The first "X-Men" now seems dated and tired by comparison. And a little boring, too.
I'm not a fan of the comics, in the sense of knowing them well and buying them. I might have bought a couple, and watched a few episodes of the animated series. What I saw I liked, but it was some time ago, and when I came to see this movie, I was missing a lot of stuff, even basic stuff, like what Rogue's power is. But I knew enough to know who most of the characters were.
The movie, IMO, was meant mainly as an exposition to next ones. It looked like this, although this feeling wasn't as strong as I got when I saw Spawn. There was still enough of a story and conclusion here.
I liked it that it's not a special effect movie. Yes, there are great special effects, but they are so well integrated, that they just look natural. The only time I felt an effect was a little forced was when Jean Gray shows her telekinesis power when she's working on wolverine. But generally the effects were so well done, that they did their job of fleshing an impossible world without drawing attention to themselves, and there was enough story to keep you engaged and not thinking of them (unlike, for example, Star Wars Episode 1).
What I really liked about this movie is that it's deep and interesting enough. It goes way beyond just action, or even character interaction (which is also done pretty well). The initial scene, with Magneto's parents being taken to be cremated by the Nazis was pretty strong, IMO (a friend I saw the movie with thought it was a bit too much to put a reference to the holocaust in a blockbuster movie, but I disagree).Read more ›
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This was a great start to the X-Men series. It was well told, with great actors, and a very compelling story. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Dr SpaceMan
While I enjoy this movie, the digital download does not work very well. I have tried several devices to watch it on and nothing seems to work well with it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jake
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