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…
The modern superhero genre basically started here, with X-Men demonstrating that superheroes could be mainstream. But that doesn't mean the genre's most recent first dip into commercialism wasn't a perfect one.
X-Men follows mutants Wolverine and Rogue as they're taken in by Professor Xavier and later enter his conflict with the radical Magneto. In the hands of Bryan Singer X-Men is a well handled introduction to the series, setting up the characters and their struggles for acceptance, identity and security.
Singer has a lot to show us, and while he satisfies with what he gives, it never reaches it's full potential. The characters feel fleshed out but not weighty, the conflict feels real but not enlivened, quite simply you feel…
I'm biased. I love X-Men. I think they handled some of the characters slightly cheesy (I'm looking at you Storm, Toad and Sabretooth), but it's a great start to adapting the best (my controversial opinion) comic book series of Marvel.
Notable for being essentially an experiment to test the viewing public waters regarding whether superhero genre flicks would catch on. Obviously, X-MEN was a hit, and very successful. This film is indicative of being an influential work not by being particularly great, but by achieving its intentions in relatively uncertain ground. It would go on to inspire a great wave of action, adventure, franchise, spinoff, reboot, and universe, many of which proved to be much better films, though few that could negate X-MEN's initial importance.
This is a surprisingly minor film, especially watching it nearly a decade and a half after its release. The plot is relatively threadbare, the character cast is relatively wide but not sprawling, and the action…
X-Men is a popcorn summer blockbuster flick at heart but one that also focuses on the personalities, beliefs and overall philosophy of the central characters. While it can be argued that some of the mutants that folks were looking forward to seeing are criminally underused such as the extremely unlikable Cyclops (Marsden) or Storm (Berry) who appears to have a very one-dimensional stock personality, Singer focuses heavily on Wolverine (Jackman), Professor X (Stewart), Magneto (McKellen), Grey (Janssen) and Rogue (Paquin). Viewers who have never read a comic book previously will have a chance to educate themselves and connect with the characters. The relationships and dimensions of the primary characters are both hinted and developed adding an extra layer to a…
Why have I waited so long to watch this?
Faithful to the comics and filled with action, X-Men brings a crowded slate of classic Marvel characters to the screen with a talented ensemble cast and surprisingly sharp narrative focus.
This is about a young group of superheroes who use the teachings of Malcolm X to shoot lasers out of their eyes.
Wow, this thing is stunningly mediocre. A half-assed treatment of a great mythology.
- 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…