A team of mutants must stop a mutant terrorist
group from attacking a world leaders summit.
Directed by Bryan Singer
Written by David Hayter
Starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen,
Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn,
Tyler Mane, Ray Park, Bruce Davison
Based on characters from Marvel Comics
This film was the movie that proved comic book movies didn't have to suck. It is one of the best Marvel films of all time and started a new franchise. X-Men is one of my all-time favorite superhero films and is partially responsible for reviving interest in the superhero genre.
First of all, the cast is absolutely brilliant, most notably Hugh Jackman as the legendary Wolverine. It's the role that started his career and gave us one of the greatest movie characters ever. Plus, we get Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Ian McKellen as Magneto, two more exceptional performances that definitely resonated throughout the superhero subgenre.
While the film is slightly dated now, it's still wonderfully exciting and I find something new to like about it with every viewing. Bryan Singer is excellent at doing X-Men films and his are always the best of the bunch.
X-Men is both one of the greatest superhero films and an important one. It proved that superhero based movies didn't have to suck. It quickly kickstarted a franchise which is still going strong, while reviving interest in the superhero genre. Like I said, an important film for comic buffs and a wildly entertaining one as well.
The main thing which makes this film work so well is the cast. Everyone gives it their absolute best, not hamming it up one bit like was so often the case in the past. Legendary actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen take over the roles of Professor X and Magneto, respectively. Both do an outstanding job, elevating both characters with their acting prowess. The real standout, as most people know, is Hugh Jackman as fan favorite mutant, Wolverine. There's a good reason this is the role that kickstarted his career, as he is perfect in the role. A performance which will be hard to top when he decides to hang up the claws. The only issue I have with this film is the, seemingly, dumbing down of the character, Sabretooth. Instead of using both his intelligence and animalistic nature, the film seemed to go with only the latter. A minor caveat, but something that still bugs me.
I continue to love this film. It brought one of comics' greatest superhero teams to the big screen with a bang. The cast gave it their all, doing their respective characters the justice they deserve. While it does deviate from the source material at times, X-Men is still one of the best superhero films of all time.