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Super Reviewer
July 24, 2017
With great cast and story, X-men is a comic-book movie that should attract all comic book lovers.
July 21, 2017
With an excellent direction, perfect casting choices and innovative action scenes for the super-hero genre, "X-Men" defined the tone, rythm and atmosphere for these character approaches. Before Sam Raimi's 2002 "Spider-Man", Bryan Singer got this movie as it should always be. Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen were the perfect choices for their characters and it couldn't be a better input to the super-heros universe. If only Cyclops and Storm were better developed, this movie would be perfect.
July 21, 2017
X-Men proves that superhero movies can focus on other things than just flashy, loud action scenes, rather opting to focus sharply on character development and narrative.
July 17, 2017
X-Men is a fine film, boasting super strong cast performances and some impressive visuals, but a superhero film can do more than this.
July 16, 2017
Great start to the series cant get a better one
½ July 13, 2017
A pretty good setup for the X-Men movies that pays respect to the comics.
Daniel Mumby
Super Reviewer
July 10, 2017
In my now-archaic review of The Usual Suspects, I postulated that all Bryan Singer films have a confused sense of identity; they "attempt to marry several conflicting elements while never quite deciding what they want to be." Superman Returns can't decide whether it wants to directly follow the campy tone of the early Christopher Reeve films or be a more emo, Smallville-esque story; Valkyrie flits between a serious drama about betrayal and an old-school B-movie about blowing up Hitler; and even his best-known work can't make up its mind whether it wants to focus on the characters or the ornate mechanics of the heist genre in which they find themselves.

The X-Men films have always been at least a partial exception to this rule. Coming after the disappointment of Apt Pupil, this first film in the now-burgeoning franchise finds Singer with very clear intentions with regards to both the key themes of the story and how they should be executed. While it is very much a product of the pre-Christopher Nolan era of superhero films, much of it still holds up extremely well and it is the best of the original X-Men trilogy.

It doesn't take too much brain power to see what would have attracted Singer to the X-Men franchise. As an openly bisexual Jewish man growing up in late-20th century America, Singer's life resonates strongly with the struggle for acceptance and equality faced by the mutants in the original comics. In a BBC interview, he stated that he was drawn to the morally ambiguous world which the comics inhabited at their best, describing them as "a step beyond simple crime-solving, superhero action." Singer has always been fascinated by how evil can manifest itself in humanity, and if nothing else this film does a better job at exploring this notion than Apt Pupil ever did.

One of the main successes of X-Men, and to an extent of all the franchise instalments involving Singer, is that it has political and intellectual heft. While it doesn't put its brain as far front and centre as Nolan's Gotham trilogy, it's still a far cry from the simplistic, adolescent rendering of good vs. evil which we are often forced to endure with summer blockbusters. Even if the ideas are not to your taste, you always get the impression that the film is wanting to use its high-tech, skintight trappings to explore complex notions of identity, alienation, racism and the abuse of political power.

Singer understands that X-Men is less about the powers with which the mutants are blessed or cursed, and more about the people who are trapped within the circumstances of having said powers and how they decide to use them. He brings the theme of alienation to the foreground and keeps it there, focussing on how easily society rejects and turns on those who do not fit into convenient pigeon-holes, or those who refuse to stay quiet.

One of the biggest problems with superhero stories, particularly ones involving Superman, is that they are afraid to show the characters' vulnerabilities, living under some delusion that having any form of fear is cowardly. Singer gives us heroes riddled with insecurities; they feel like people that we could come to know, or who could live among us, not just other-worldly beings playing police with their special, sci-fi friendly weapons.

Proof is this is found in the delightfully naturalistic way in which said mutants' powers are introduced. Superhero films often go to great lengths to draw attention to said powers as something extraordinary, so that it either defines or dominates the character and they risk becoming less three-dimensional as a result. Singer, by contrast, treats the characters' mutations just as he would treat a character's sexuality; it's just something that's there, and we are called upon to accept it. Instead of giving us a bunch of mutants and asking us to care about them as people, X-Men gives us people and lets us grow to accept their more unusual characteristics.

Equally as important is the manner in which X-Men humanises its villains, working hard to show the shades of grey between the differing moral positions of Professor Xavier and Magneto. Singer described their relationship as being akin to the difference between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X: two men who were forged in the same conflict against racial injustice, with one choosing to embrace 'the enemy' while the other turned to violent retribution (albeit, in X's case, disavowing it in the end). Casting Shakespearean giants like Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen means that we are unlikely to get pantomime performances from the outset. But both still benefit from a script in which both are utterly convinced that their approach is correct, both for their close circle of friends and followers and for society as a whole.

Sticking with the characters, it was a deft decision on the part of screenwriter David Hayter to focus the story around both Rogue and Wolverine (brilliantly played by Anna Paquin and Hugh Jackman respectively). To the casual observer, the X-Men universe and its fanbase seems to often worship Wolverine at the expense of the other characters; he is one of the most interesting people therein, but it isn't right that every story should be driven by him. Here the script manages to strike a good balance between Rogue's slow acceptance and growth into her powers and Logan's inner conflict regarding his role in the team, his feelings for Jean and his own nature.

The cast of X-Men is pretty strong all round, even if not everyone gets a fair crack of the whip. Famke Janssen is ideally cast as Jean Grey, bringing the same combination of glamour and steely reserve from Goldeneye and dialling things back for a more understated performance. James Marsden, by contrast, is dealt an unfair hand as Scott, whose role in the plot is largely being threatened by Logan's testosterone, but he does make up for his initial douchiness with a solid third act.

There are a couple of shortcomings with X-Men which prevent it from being a classic on the level of Batman Begins. Despite Singer's best efforts, there are occasionally jarring shifts in tone which make us wonder what kind of film we should be watching. For the most part we accept the balance between grittiness and humour for which Singer and Hayter have opted - but then we see Wolverine skidding across the snow early on in an unintentionally hilarious fashion, and it's not that easy to get straight back in the saddle.

Equally, while the male members of the Brotherhood of Mutants come off reasonably well, the female members in this instalment are not so lucky. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos is a fine actress but she is given far too little to do; while Magneto and Sabretooth handle the important plot points, she is reduced to the odd action scene in which she acts as eye candy for the predominantly teenage audience. Admittedly, however, her sex appeal isn't over-egged as much as in The Last Stand, nor is this kind of double standard exclusive to Singer's films (watch First Class if you don't believe me).

X-Men is a very solid introduction to both the comics and the characters which proves if nothing else that good Marvel films could be made long before Disney came along. Despite a few odd tonal decisions and a few slip-ups with certain characters, Bryan Singer has still delivered a film which is intriguing, intelligent and entertaining, with a tightly wound plot and set-pieces which avoid being overblown. Nolan's work on Batman may have since eclipsed this as a genre benchmark, but leaving aside the Caped Crusader, this is a good way to bring someone to comics for the first time.
July 2, 2017
One of the best classic marvel team
½ July 1, 2017
An excellent start to a franchise.
June 26, 2017
X-Men Fights to protect now this is Awesome :)
June 24, 2017
Great cast and a good start for the franchise. This movie definitely made the superhero movies popular. The biggest problem is that the special effects haven't aged that well.

8.3/10
June 20, 2017
Geeking out is a understatement
I loved the visuals and how the plot of the story worked
June 20, 2017
Filme de direção descente o Bryan Singer fez um bom trabalho na direção do filme, só peca um pouco nos efeitos especiais que em algumas cenas chega a ser bizarro. Mas longe disso o filme está longe de ser ruim, com o seu Roteiro redondo com começo meio e fim. atuações medianas, destaque para o Hugh Jackman. Em geral esse primeiro filme de uma séries de outros que montão o universo dos X-Men.
Nota: 7.8
½ June 15, 2017
This film is suprisingly a great beginnings super hero film. I just recently checked this one out and it is a great X-Men film. It was the first film in the franchise and tells the story of how Wolverine met and joined the X-Men. The cast are great as their characters. Hugh Jackman is irreplaceable as Wolverine. No one else should play him, Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellen are perfect as Professor X and Magneto, the pair of mutants who were friends who became enemies. The rest of the cast fit their roles so well. The film can be slow at times, but its a first film. First films are usually a little slow, they have to establish the characters. Overall, this is a very fun beginning super hero film with a great cast


Rating: 7.1/10
½ June 10, 2017
The movie that got comicbook films into modern cinema.
½ June 8, 2017
Although I wasn't too happy about the performances (Which were very unrealistic), it was still a very entertaining classic superhero movie. I especially found this movie exciting because anything can happen or be done. Which makes this a very well-made film (For its time).
June 6, 2017
Geeking out is a understatement
I loved the visuals and how the plot of the story worked
June 6, 2017
After the failures of comic book movies in the 90s such as Batman & Robin and Spawn, several moviegoers didn't know what to expect from X-Men. Thankfully, all expectations were exceeded for the most part.

Catching up with the Children of the Atom's first foray into the big screen after a long time, I can safely say it still holds up well.

The plot moves along at a brisk pace, and yet, it's very light on action. However, whatever action is in it is still very well done, though a bit short, and surpassed by what would follow in the sequel.

The movie still delivers on the core elements of what made the comics so unique. The engaging characters and their struggle as mutants wanting to be accepted by humanity.

As far as the casting goes, it's spot on. Hugh Jackman is Logan/Wolverine in the same way Christopher Reeve is Superman/Clark Kent/Kal-El. He nails the character's look and personality down to a tee to the point where you truly feel he stepped out of the comic pages into real life. The rest of the cast is good too, especially Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as Professor Xavier and Magneto (respectively).

The special FX, production design and photography work well, even if there are some moments of dated CGI here and there.

17 years later, the movie still is extraordinary. Yeah, it's not 100% accurate to the source, but let's be real, what movie based on a comic, game or show is? Both this movie and the original Spider-Man film made the comic book superhero genre credible again, and it's still going strong to this day.
June 2, 2017
It might feel a bit dated these days but what makes X-Men so remarkable and entertaining is that it officially confirmed that superhero movies were going to be the next big thing and how Marvel may just have been destined for greatness following an era in which Marvel sucked and DC ruled. And indeed it was. The talented cast is committed with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen being perfect for the roles of Professor Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, respectively. The film focuses more on a story with themes about prejudice being given the superhero treatment rather than being just another mindless action movie. During those moments that the movie is action-packed, director Bryan Singer does not disappoint. I mean, who wouldn't marvel (no pun intended) at Wolverine using his adamantium claws on the Statue of Liberty to prevent himself from having a nasty fall and you see how he spins or something like that,huh? Even by today's standards, I still find it a cool shot. All in all, I think we can agree that X-Men is a comic book movie that remains faithful to the source material and helped give birth to a new era of superhero movies such as the original Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy. Well done, Bryan Singer, well done.
½ June 1, 2017
It has a bit of a goofy premise and doesn't hold up today.
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