X-Men (2000)

The beginning of the freaks!

Amid increasing fear and bigotry, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) provides a safe haven for powerful outcasts like Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Storm (Halle Berry), who are genetically gifted mutants — and the world’s newest, most persecuted minority group. In an explosive battle for freedom and honor, the X-Men take on Magneto (Ian McKellen) and his band of evil mutants, who relish the public’s paranoia.

Director Bryan Singer, who also did The Usual Suspects, does a good job with this material because he doesn’t get too chaotic with all of this action. The effects are seamless, not a big thing in these days of CGI, but still a difficult thing when dealing with human beings who keep moving around and talking. It’s good to watch a film where it isn’t always possible to tell which are the fake shots and which ones really happened. Now of course, there are action sequences here that are pretty awesome, but he also allows a lot of down-time for these characters to talk and be developed. However, that’s where my real problem with this film lies.

I liked how this is a film that’s based more on its characters than other superhero films, but there is almost too much time devoted to the characters. These characters were cool but the problem was that the film focuses too much on them and not the story so the big climax at the end, ends up being sort of anti-climactic.

I also felt like there was something missing from this final product because although they show all these different powers that all these different superheros have, it almost never seems to add up. It’s no secret that the studio rushed this film so it could make the summer blockbuster deadline. There are some lovely details that would’ve made this film extraodinary but didn’t make it thanks to the dollar driven movie studio.

Though, the main reason why I enjoyed this a lot is because I love X-Men, and even though the story may be a bit weak, you still can’t help but love all these characters. Hugh Jackman is perfectly cast as Wolverine because he has that total bad-ass look to him, and those funny side-cracks to him that just make him a likable superhero from the beginning. Patrick Stewart is also great as Professor Charles Xavier mainly because he’s just that lovable old man, who is always one step ahead of every one else. Ian McKellen is a perfect villain as Magneto, and brings out the devious attributes within Magneto that make him such a memorable villain. Everybody else here is pretty good too such as Halle Berry as Storm, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, James Marsden as Cyclops, Anna Paquin as Rogue, and the always sexy Rebecca Romijn as Mystique.

Consensus: The action is fun and the ensemble is perfectly acted, but the story is too centered on all these different characters, rather than focusing on a good story, but if you’re a fan of the comics you’ll have a good time.



  1. Haven’t seen this film yet, although seemed to have seen every other movie going lately – in some cases an unfortunate move………… As you write such great movie blogs I have decided not to spend/waste any more time reviewing movies and keep to the other incidentals that take up my time and thoughts – Its amazing you get to review as often as you do – there is always more of a pressure with reviews on movie (gigs/exhibitions etc) as you need to get something up there for your readers before the things moves on………………Awesome work

  2. 6/10? This is an outrage!! (Lol I’m just kidding.)

    But seriously, X-men is one of the fav movies of all time! Heck, I use this movie as the banner on my blog! 😀

    • Hahah I was surprised too! I don’t know what it was but I remember as a kid being totally in love with this film and when I watched about a couple of weeks ago, it didn’t really do much for me. But I’m glad you love it!

  3. Looking at the X-Men trilogy before this year, I’d say the original was the best. X2, also Singer, was good but again maybe too much talking. And then X3…isn’t talked about. I really like Bryan Singer as a director, though, even with Superman Returns.

    After this summer, I will say that I think First Class is the best X-Men to date. It was awesome, and hopefully something we’ll get more of!

  4. I think I may have actually enjoyed this film a bit more than “First Class” … need to give it a re-watch, though.

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