January 24, 2015
X-Men has messages on many social issues in modern day america and great action. It points out many faults in our society and makes us question how we operate as a whole. X-Men is a great film.
September 10, 2014
'X-Men' was a good movie. It wasn't as terrific as I thought it would be but I still liked it. What I found annoying was how short it was. It was only like 90 minutes long. It's not the best X-Men movie, but it's still one to watch
June 16, 2014
Talented cast, cool plot, and Ian KcKellan. Sounds good to me.
December 11, 2014
X-Men is a well done comic book movie that introduces us to the mutants present in our world,some of them are bad and some of them form the X-MEN.
January 2, 2015
The film that started the modern era of comic book movies. It has its flaws, but it's a definite classic.
December 29, 2006
The first movie about marvels X-Men. This time we gets to know the characters and the beginning of X-Men mutants. Main story in all three movies is the fight between good and bad mutants mostly. Great acting and nice effects. Nice movies !!
December 29, 2014
Singer's X-Men movies have been consistently solid and the franchise's opener is no exception.
December 14, 2014
Grade:Solidly a C+
X-Men is a comic book film that makes the transition well and comes out
in the end being one of the most memorable superhero welcomes. With a
fine cast and some crazy super powers, X-Men manages to mould together
some of the best elements we want to see to engage us in a way not seen
before this very much. I felt the movie to be solidly a pretty good
film and here below is why I thought so.
The story is exciting yet allows a certain amount of calm moments that
create tension throughout. The whole plot does seem to ride a long well
and the ending doesn't come too fast nor are we bored of one scene that
goes on too long because well, no scenes are too long. It has great
action and although the effects don't do great justice to the awesome
things going on, it still puts you on a bit of a thrill ride.
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is good in this and really introduces his
character in a gritty and angry way. Patrick Stewart is good as
Professor X and along with Ian McKellen brings in two completely
different roles but both acted to the same great way. I wasn't too keen
on Halle Berry as Storm, she felt awkward and over dramatic at times,
even at times feeling like she had only one liners which were just
Bryan Singer is the real mastermind behind this and really impresses
with his first X-Men, he directs it fairly well although could have
been better, it is written very well and this for me was one the major
highlights. I said about the effects before and I know they weren't
great in reflection on the time this movie was made but they don't
enhance this movies reputation, if anything at times it drags it just a
My main criticism is the lack of true action, quite a bit of talking
which can be good at times but too much throughout the middle and even
the end feels like it needs a little injection of fighting. The acting
is good although there are some people in it I would have liked to have
seen more, mostly the students or teachers who although seen are never
quite explored in depth like those such as Wolverine.
If you want a good old comic book superhero film then this is by far
for you, it isn't quite similar to many others but still manages that
great thing where the characters are well represented and the budget is
used very well. I think if you want a lot of fighting and I mean a lot
then avoid this, there is some but as previously said, it isn't
abundant and even sometimes the effects can take away the adrenaline
Overall I give this a C+ and felt it to be Solidly a Kind of Good
movie that never quite gets too near to being good well to be good but
far outreaches just being "OK". The X-Men franchise starts well here
and seeing this as if I were in 2000 would definitely fill me with some
hope for the future with the X-Men. Marvel seemed to have really hit
the major big time much later than when this film came out and so I
feel that this movie really represents the beginnings of what Marvel
had and have to come.
August 13, 2013
It's funny how Bryan Singer's X-Men isn't as popular as it should've been. This was after all, the film that kicked off the string of Marvel films throughout the 2000s and led to great successes like the Spider-Man films and you could argue even the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This film's success is what led to those films existing in the first place which I think people don't really give credit for. With that said though, as a film, X-Men is serviceable superhero action entertainment. The actors all do fine jobs particularly Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, the poster character of the series. There is plenty of humour as well that keeps you entertained. However, the film really stumbles in its development of the characters. Whilst they aren't terrible characters, they don't really feel fully realised and some come off as superfluous. The action scenes are also very dated by today's standards and the story is very much by the numbers. It's a good start to the series that does a good job introducing us to these characters but it never really comes close to being the great X-Men adaptation it could've been.
December 18, 2014
From the cast and story to the setting and mythology, everything about this movie is well-balanced and grounded: heroes are heroic yet flawed, villains are devious yet cunning and the world they are set in is full of more answers than questions... just needed a bit more action.
April 28, 2012
Introduces a solidly realised world, although it never leaves New York the political backdrop makes it feels much less insular than many comic book films, which are set developing a heroes single city. X-Men contains interesting themes and theses, a tight plot with a nice pace, zipping through it's short run-time, if not showing anything particularly original. The climax is pretty low-key for an action film, lacking a little, therefore, in tension, but mostly this is to its credit; the focus stays on characters. And that's where the real strength lies; great representations of the key relationships and antagonisms associated with the property; Magneto and Xavier, and the triangle between Cyclops and Wolverine and Jean Grey.
December 11, 2014
Embraces its comic origins with just the right amount of silliness, never losing its mutton-chopped charm.
October 16, 2007
An interesting movie. A great way to depict good versus evil.
August 25, 2007
Well this certainly feels a bit dated these days, the very first X-Men film, the backbone of the modern comicbook adaptations craze, the one that started it all. Had this film not done as well as it did then we possibly wouldn't have all the superhero flicks we have today. Heck just looking at the films poster shows how far this genre has come, its positively awful, bland and extremely unimaginative, the two groups just standing there against a city skyline, eh?
I remember this coming out back in the day and I recall pretty much poo pooing it as an obvious looking lazy CGI filled cheese fest. Upon seeing the film I didn't actually like it all that much, mainly I think down to the lack of decent action. Low and behold yet again my personal tastes have changed with age and I find myself actually appreciating this film a lot more now. The plot naturally includes the origins of certain main characters and the introduction of the X-Men lead by Charles Xavier and his school for the gifted (mutants). We are also introduced to the bad mutants lead by Magneto and his dastardly plan to turn all the world leaders into mutants presumably so they know what its like to be a mutant.
'Storm? Sabretooth?...What do they call you? 'Wheels'? This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard'
The general plot may be simple but I do like the easy to understand similarities with real time age old issues such as prejudice discrimination and plain racism. Magneto's (Erik Lehnsherr) family were German Jewish and killed by the Nazi's during WWII, so he had first hand experience of the effects a madman can have in power, himself being a Holocaust survivor. Ironically though Magneto himself turns into the thing he once survived and fought against as here he wants to exterminate the human race to protect the mutant race. Whilst Xavier wants to gain peace between humans and mutants Magneto is constantly trying to start a race war between them, not too subtle but hey it works.
The main thing I notice with this first film in retrospect is how much dialog there is and how little kickass action there is. There is a heck of a lot of exposition to take in as we learn about the various characters and their individual flaws and powers etc...But that's not to say its boring, not at all, its actually delivered very well and you want to know more, meet more mutants and see their powers. The action is sporadic and not exactly top dollar in all honesty, we mainly see Wolverine getting into the odd scrap, mutants going up against the police but not killing any and the finale at the Statue of Liberty gives us some semi decent one on one action but the CGI and wire work is pretty hokey to be fair. Prime example being the scene where Wolverine does a 360 spin around a section of the Statue using his claw...looks real nasty.
Most of the characters are really well visualised and well cast there's no denying that, twas the worry at first, that these guys would all look ridiculous in their silly costumes. But no! almost every character is realistically designed and performed. The main three of course being Stewart, McKellen and Jackman all brilliantly cast adding such a classy authentic epic feel to the comicbook tomfoolery, Jackman being the main surprise as he was completely unknown. At the same time Marsden, Berry and Janssen also come across in a surprisingly believable fashion, none of these actors ever really come across as hammy which is some feat in this. The only characters that let the side down visually has to be Toad and Sabretooth both of whom look totally daft.
I'm not an X-Men fanboy so I don't know the ins and outs of the franchise but some things I do find a bit silly. For a start Toad is just a pointless character, his tongue, jumping and spitting green goo are his mutant super powers?? how is he useful? how does he crush a human by jumping on him? and why include him in this film?! The main main running quibble I have throughout has to be the invincibility thing going on. Wolverine especially is virtually unbeatable, you can't kill the guy so it seems pointless to have him fight at all, we know he can't die or get hurt. Then there's the fact that most mutants seems to be super strong...but why? OK they have unique powers but is a side effect to this automatically having super strength because they all have it apparently. How come Magneto can fly? he can manipulate metal but how does that enable him to fly? and how the hell does Rogue get through even one day without being able to touch another human? Her super mutant power seems utterly pointless and more of a curse than anything surely as she can kill real easy.
In the end the film does start to crack towards the finale as things do get a tad stupid, inconsistencies with mutant power abilities, the fact no one notices all the commotion going on at the Statue of Liberty, all the destruction, Mystique doubling as the Senator but showing her yellow eyes etc...I guess the main thing that made me think was simply...Magneto is kinda right, mutants should be very weary of humans, maybe not wipe them out but you can kinda see his angle, humans are a violent dangerous unpredictable species. On the other hand I dunno why he worries so much because in any war the mutants would win hands down.
The film isn't your standard comicbook flick gotta give it that, its not light-hearted silly kids stuff, there is a good solid serious tone to everything that does combine well with this material. Dealing with mutants as people who are treated differently because of their looks or abilities is a strong concept that many will relate to. Visually everything generally is quite realistic and doesn't look like a comicbook movie. The black leather outfits, big rich 'Wayne Manor-like' X-Men school, fancy super hi-tech gadgets/equipment and big black super jet are all cliched sure but obviously you need some fun fantasy elements. Despite being 14 years old this film still holds up well today and even better it still blends in with the whole X-Men franchise which has since moved on big time.
November 20, 2014
Ein guter Start der Mutanten Stadel! Sicherlich sind die Figuren noch nicht ganz ausgereift, wie bei den letzten Filmen. Bietet aber ein bisschen Nostalgie und eine Spur Naivität. Auch die Effekte sind noch nicht ganz so gut, kann sich aber sehen lassen. Man merkt auch, dass das Drehbuch nicht perfekt war und man etwas ausprobieren wollte. Das ist auch gut so, denn die folgenden Filme wurden auch besser! Nicht der beste Film ist aber eine Unterhaltung wert!
November 12, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
November 11, 2014
Good first part, cool battles and a satisfying Final. X-Men introduced the characters well and prepares for the second part.
July 17, 2012
I own this on DVD and on Blu-Ray in a seven movie pack along with:
* X2 (2003)
* X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
* X-Men: First Class (2011)
* The Wolverine (2013)
* X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
November 6, 2014
Never been the biggest fan of the film, felt too plodding and dull
August 23, 2007
Very good comic-book adaptation by Bryan Singer. It has its dull moments, which I think are neccessary, but which still take it down a star because of the time overspent on them.