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X-Men

Director Bryan Singer's 2000 film based on the popular comic book team of mutant superheroes.

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Where's Gambit?

  • Nov 30, 2000
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Pros: neat costumes; Patrick Stewart

Cons: not very impressive stunts; could have been MUCH better

While in Washington DC the weekend of Thanksgiving, an ex-boyfriend of mine (Shan) decided that we should watch X-Men. Since I was relatively a fan of the cartoon, I agreed. He talked about what a great movie it was, and I was a bit dubious. Dionne25 had told me that she enjoyed the movie when she saw it, so I was ready to give it a go. Besides, I didn't really have anything else to do.

The plot is based around the idea that the government, namely Senator Kelly (Bruce Davidson), wants to segregate mutants from "normal" people by having them licensed. There are a lot of allusions to the Holocaust, which actually work. Anyway, Magneto (Ian McKellan), who is a mutant that attracts all sorts of metal, freaks out about this as he actually went through the Holocaust. He decides to turn the population of Manhattan into mutants to let them see how it is to be a mutant. With his own team of mutants, including Sabretooth (Tyler Crane), Toad (Ray Park) and Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Magneto sets out to the Statue of Liberty to accomplish his task.

But, don't forget that this movie is called X-Men! Professor X (Patrick Stewart) has this school for mutants, called something to the effect of School for Gifted Youth. While a school, it's also a cover for the X-Men operations. The X-Men consist of Storm (Halle Berry), Dr. Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Cyclops (James Marsden). When Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Rogue (Anna Paquin) arrive, the X-Men team is complete. (Well, without my favorite cartoon character, Gambit.)

I usually don't write so much about the plot. Sorry about that.

This is a pretty good movie, although it wasn't as great as Shan said. The stunts were all right, but the fight scenes are what were really lacking. I mean, it appeared to be claymation whenever Mystique was fighting. I was very disappointed. Some of the effects were cool, such as when people touched Rogue's skin. Otherwise, I've seen better.

The costumes, for the most part, were neat. Toad really grossed me out, and Mystique was phat. Wolverine's claws were pretty cool, as was Storm's get-up. Cyclops looked like a really angry yuppy with a bad pair of Max Headroom shades.

Overall, I liked the film. It's not something I'd watch over and over, but I wouldn't leave if someone popped it into the VCR while I was around.



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Pros: neat costumes; Patrick Stewart     Cons: not very impressive stunts; could have been MUCH better     While in Washington DC the weekend of Thanksgiving, an ex-boyfriend of mine (Shan) decided that we should watch X-Men. Since I was relatively a fan of the cartoon, I agreed. He talked about what a great movie it was, and I was a bit dubious. Dionne25 had told me that she enjoyed the movie when she saw it, so I was ready to give it a go. Besides, I didn't …
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In a time when race and religion don't separate people, but extra powers and mutated characteristics do, two longtime friends, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) part ways, only to become rivals over the issue of how much patience they should have with "normal" people. Living lives that scare most humans lacking the "X-factor" (a special power such as telekinesis), they fight over changing the general population into mutants. Xavier decides to help mutants in a special school while waiting for humanity to be more accepting, while Magneto opts to change all "normal" people into mutants in order to create a mutant-only world. Leading a group of four powerful X-Men (and women) to rescue one lost girl (the mutant Rogue, played by Anna Paquin)--and the entire population of New York--Xavier recruits a new member to their group: Logan (Hugh Jackman), better known as Wolverine, joins the team with much reluctance, only to prove very valuable to the rescue effort.

Each member of the X-Men has mastered their special gift--the ability to create a storm (Storm, played by Halle Berry), telekinesis (Dr. Jean Grey, played by Famke Janssen), eyesight carrying laserlike destructive power (Cyclops, played by James Marsden), the ability to heal nearly any wound he sustains (Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman). The chemistry among these four sets the stage for some expert teamwork--and some hidden romance. The mutants' ...

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Director: Bryan Singer
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Release Date: July 14, 2000
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: David Hayter
Runtime: 1hr 44min
Studio: 20th Century Fox, Marvel Entertainment
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