Bryan Singer's film adaptation of one of the greatest and iconic comic books ever created is uneven but thrilling entertainment to sit through.
Singer begins his film with a grim sequence from Poland overrun by Nazis. This prologue is captivating and interesting beginning to a much broader storyline which Singer and his co-writers Tom DeSanto and David Hayter has created. Still Singer and his team cannot make X-Men truly alive as a film and somehow it feels more of an pilot-episode of an TV-show than feature film.
First twenty minutes into this film are pretty damn good filmmaking but after that the film begins to go slowly downhill until it ends with a whimper. I understand that it is supposed to be only beginning of a trilogy but i've seen films that are made into trilogies and they have still worked on their own. That is something that X-Men cannot accomplish, it just does not work on its own and suffers from lacking a any truly memorable set pieces. It is just too average as a film.
There are nice elements here and there. Especially Hugh Jackman's performance as a Wolverine is the films strongest aspect when it comes to acting and veterans like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen on the opposite side of the mutant teams is delicious aspect also.
Visually one of the films greatest elements is Dr. Xaviers futuristic Cerebro-machine which serves this film its single most amazing moment.
So overall there are things that does work and then there are things which just doesn't. It is better than most of the comic book adaptations but it falls short on being amongst the best of them.