4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"X" Definitely Marks the Spot...,
This review is from: X-Men 1.5 (DVD)
After several attempts to bring movies based on Marvel Comics heroic characters to the big screen failed, "Captain America", "The Punisher" (Dolph Lungdren's version from 1992), and 1994's lost in limbo "Fantastic Four", not to mention numerous legal battles and the fact that technologically speaking Hollywood wasn't ready, it seemed as if all hope was lost that comic fans would get to see their icons on the big screen. Then a miracle occured, and an ambitious, young director named Bryan Singer (director of "The Usual Suspects") approached 20th Century Fox studios to direct a feature length film based on the comic book exploits of everyone's favorite group of mutants, the X-Men. Fox, to everyone's surprise, gave the film the ok to begin production, after assembling an A-list cast that includes; Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, and Ian McKellan, it was finally time to do justice to Marvel Comics' legendary team.
"X-Men" focuses on one of the X-Men's most popular characters, Wolverine (a then unknown Hugh Jackman), as he struggles to find himself and help a young runaway named Rogue (Anna Paquin). As Wolverine and Rogue join up with this team of mutants known as the X-Men, who led by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) believe that humans and mutants can co-exist peacefully, a group of renegade mutants led by Magneto (Ian McKellan), who don't feel the same way towards humans, are attempting to mutate everyone on Earth into mutants so Magneto may lead the world into a mutant utopian society. However, Magneto's methods are not quite human friendly, and the X-Men must stop Magneto before it's too late.
Once the credits rolled at the end of the movie, I knew, and everyone else knew that this awesome movie would open the gates and allow future comic book movies to be made once again, and not just Marvel comics, but DC Comics (who hadn't had a movie since "Batman & Robin") as well. "X-Men" with Bryan Singer's help, proved that comic book movies are big business as long as the source material is treated with respect and done properly from a more realistic approach.
"X-Men" was a very well written, directed, and acted movie that gave comic book fans and audiences in general something that everyone could enjoy. For comic book fans there were some minor gripes about changes made to some of the characters origins, but nothing significant enough to take away from how great this movie was, or what it would mean for other comic book characters being brought to life on the big screen.
"X-Men" is rated PG-13 for violence and language.