Some people see the X Men as a lower rent version of the Fantastic Four, where many characters are just churned out for their one identifiable super power such as shooting lasers, flying and being furry. Some see that where the Fantastic Four are mutated humans who save peoples lives and are something of celebrities whereas the X Men shows us the same universe with mutants as a feared and loathed minority in society where there are good mutants and there are, well evil mutants.
Some mutants are defenseless and rather ordinary and some fight for the rights of other mutants-but all are persecuted. Those who fight have the two sides of the fense, fighting alongside Charles Xavier who has a Martin Luther King Jr philosphy of a dream where one day people will come to accept the mutants, living together in peace and the other side has Eric Lehnsherr-better known as Magneto who is more like Malcolm X where civil rights and acceptance of mutants will come by as Malcolm once said: any means neccessary. The above quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in the title does work well in the construct of the X Men universe where if Professor Xavier fails in his mission to stop Magneto, there will be no community, and only chaos since there will be no one to oppose him and Magneto has no plans on making friends with the humans that he hates so much for wronging him.
The movie has a pretty mundane plot with the X Men (Xavier's mutants) and The Brotherhood of Mutants (Magneto's Mutants) doing battle over the fate of mankind, Xavier will fight for those who fear and would hurt him but Magneto has no such qualms or using terrorist methods to get his message, thinking humanity is too thick skinned to learn from mistakes and will be forced to accept mutants. The X Men have a new and mysterious mutant named Wolverine come into their ranks with a skittish young girl named Rogue who's powers of absorption of energy through tactile contact will prove invaluable to Magneto's plans.
There is action and for it's running time there is more then the other X Men movies and coming at more intervals. The movies does get for the most part the X Men's powers right though if I'm not mistaken Rogue is also supposed to be able to fly on her own and lift upwards of 50 tons. Sabretooth is played as a complete feral beast man, a piece of information that wouldn't be so hard to overlook if the X Men Wolverine movie didn't show him as a completely different character who KNOWS Wolverine, though in this movie it is likely that he doesn't know who Wolverine is either which just makes the Wolverine movie even dumber then it already was. Finally, while I do like some unification, the costumes are wrong and a nice lampshade is hung over it by Cyclops telling Wolverine would he rather wear yellow spandex (Wolverine's comic costume, why DOES such a tough guy where such a color-cause real men wear yellow?) The X Men are known for the running X motif in their costumes and wore blue and yellow mainly with a few exceptions but here, it's a big Hollywood movie so-all black it is. BORING.
The cast for the most part is excellent say for Halle Barry, while I don't think shes a bad actress and did a decent job here, she got the mother of all lame lines in the movie and even if the line was "said the way it was supposed to be said" it's still stupid when you think about it. Trust me, you know the line, at least you will after you see the movie.
Out of the three X Men movies, I have come away liking this one the most, it doesn't drag it's feet the way X2 did with even fewer characters and lesser screen time for the characters who are in it and while I think X3 is underrated, this movie didn't completely kick the teeth in on it's characters the way X3 did. This movie is a trend setter for the successful superhero movie genre that is still continuing to this day over a decade later. Too bad there have been more misses then hits.
* Just an aside, while it may be seen as tacky to relate the Black Civil Rights movement in the 60's to a comic book movie-X Men the comic did debut in 63 during the Civil Rights movements, there are parallels that are hard to ignore and Xavier and Magneto's philosophies are similar to Dr. King and Malcolm X. There is nothing meant here to trivialize anyone or anything here and if you feel that I have made a mistake, then I am sorry-no offense is intended.
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