Leave me suggestions in the comments. Note: comic characters are not ALWAYS superheroes. Note #2: pre-existing characters only. No Unbreakable…
Two mutants, Rogue and Wolverine, come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team, the X-Men, must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.
A promising start of the X-Men universe on the silver screen, X-Men is a fascinating work of science-fiction & a terrific addition to the superhero genre film. This is the first time I've watched it & now I'm wondering what the hell actually stopped me from checking it out earlier. The only other X-Men instalment I've seen before is X-Men: First Class & if it wasn't for its latest sequel which brings back the cast from the original trilogy, I wouldn't have bothered to give it a go & would've again missed out on what actually is a pretty good film.
Set in a not-so-distant future in which few people around the world are mutants; possessing superhuman powers that has also resulted in them…
"Oh and Logan? Stay away from my girl."
Ever since Marvel became a household name, I've been planning to return to the scene of the crime and investigate where this hero of the box office got its powers. While X-Men was neither the first Marvel Studios live action co-production (Blade) nor the one to really launch the studio into the spotlight (Spider-Man), for me it signified the superhero genre's shift from the realm of b-movies, cult classics, and relative obscurity onto the center stage of the American blockbuster. It may have only grossed a modest $300 million compared to Spider-Man's $800 million, but it proved that you could use wonky sci-fi characters in a mainstream action movie to get audiences…
Bryan Singer gave himself quite a chore with 2000's "X-Men." In the space of a single film, he needed to introduce the personalities and powers of an ensemble of beloved characters, allowing each the opportunity to stand out and be recognized. For the most part, he succeeds, and "X-Men," while not the greatest superhero film, is a solid motion picture. It lacks the personality of better superhero and better X-men films to come, but it gets the franchise off to a good start.
The film begins by moving across eras and introducing its major players. Magneto, Rogue, and Wolverine are given separate moments before they are integrated into the film's plot. This allows Singer to establish a serious tone and…
We are the future, Charles, not them.
After Joel Schumacher had run the Batman franchise into the ground the superhero genre didn't seem all that hot. Except for the surprise hit that was Blade there really wasn't much going on as far as "comic book films" are concerned, almost hard to believe considering it's almost a genre of film now.
Even before Schumacher though, the Batman films were still a bit goofy under Tim Burton. As a huge fan of the X-Men comic books at the time I remember being worried the film was going to suck because Hollywood didn't have a good track record of treating comic book films with much respect. Even the holy grail that is…
The first X-Men has a great deal to answer for, or perhaps a better description would be, a significant legacy, as Bryan Singer's cinematic introduction to the Marvel world of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters arrives with such stylish blockbuster economy it helped kickstart the biggest Hollywood dominance perhaps in history - the superhero movie franchise. X-Men isn't solely responsible, Sam Raimi's subsequent Spider-Man trilogy equally have a part to play, but Singer can certainly be classed as a pioneer of the age of comics we are currently revelling in, with no sign of an end point any time soon. It's fair to say, however, that X-Men feels more of an extended trailer for subsequent adventures & the franchise in general…
After a couple years since my last visit with the original films, I decided it was the perfect time to give the first X-Men film a spin and recall how the cinematic journey of the famous mutants began, as Days of Future Past will be hitting theaters in just over a week. What is easy to forget is that this film was released in the year 2000, fourteen years ago already and the tone of the summer superhero blockbuster has changed drastically since then. X-Men feels far smaller in scope than the typical release of the genre these days, with director Bryan Singer along with a screenplay by David Hayter focused on world and character building rather than a game…
With poor character development, a rushed plot, and not quite enough focus on its complex themes, X-Men is not as thought-provoking or enjoyable as its premise may suggest, but with mostly great performances (Anna Paquin sucked), some pretty entertaining action, and an absolutely ingenious pairing in Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, it's passably enjoyable fun.
Good movie, a little bring every now and again, but they all make it worth while and understanding in the end.
This film did not age well at all. Feels very, very creaky, which is to be expected with a 14-year-old SFX blockbuster, but it also just feels way more preposterous than I recall. I think that's at least in part because studios were only just getting back into the superhero game and still weren't quite sure what to invent, what to keep, and what to chuck without angering fans. I recalled this being much more "real" and grounded than the comics, and it is, but it's still way campier (unintentionally) than most comic films made today.
Also everyone in this looks like a little baby and we're all aging into dust.
I just rewatched X-Men for the first time in probably 5 years. Back in 2000 when X-Men first came out I remember being blown away by its awesomeness. In hindsight its hard to tell if that was a function of my age or if X-Men has just failed to age well in the ensuing years.
There's about 5 scenes which I've always remembered and treasured from this movie. I think a part of the reason is that every other scene in this movie fails to make any kind of impact. I mean, they kind of serve a purpose in advancing plot and such nonsense, but they're not memorable.
A part of the problem is that for a movie that feels…
Saw this in the theater and it was okay at the time. It feels very inferior in comparison to what has followed but it also planted some of the seeds for some of the weakest points of what was to come.
The X-men Series, all but the third which was only half as good as the first two, are Decent. I Respect the relationships between Magneto and Charles. The action was ok, and while some of the dialogue was cheesy, I find it a good watch
"Mutation: it is the key to our evolution. It has enabled us to evolve from a single-celled organism into the dominant species on the planet. This process is slow, and normally taking thousands and thousands of years. But every few hundred millennia, evolution leaps forward."-Professor Charles Xavier
The 90's were not the best year for the comic book film, the Batman franchise just kept getting worse and so few titles stood out as good. When Bryan Singer's first X-Men film hit in 2000 I don't think people were ready for how good it would be and how well it would do. Making $296,339,527 worldwide on a 75 million dollar budget for a film that had very few stars is pretty…
This was a fantastic introduction to the X-Men franchise. Love the original actors behind all the characters! Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan are always lovely to watch! Plus James Marsden and Anna Paquin!
- Superman II
- Swamp Thing
- Superman III
- Three Giant Men
- The incredible Paris Incident
- All Superheroes Must Die
- Alter Egos
- Angel Wars: Guardian Force - Mission 1: About…
Not another list of the last five Marvel movies, but an attempt at creating The Superhero List To End All…
- Sharky's Machine
- Absence of Malice
- On Golden Pond
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…