intelligent and significant
With so many movies out right now that are designed solely for entertainment
puposes--from "Gone in 60 seconds" to "MI-2" to "Scary Movie"--it is
promising to sit through a 90-minute film based on a comic-book that
actually gives you an opportunity to think and be challenged.
Bryan Singer's "X-men: The Movie" is nothing more than an introduction to
the lives of the characters from the comic book. The very fact that his
movie doesn't try to add new elements, or change elements that already
existed within the comic, is what makes it so successful.
X-men the comic series has been around for more than 30 years. And for good
reason. It has dealt with all of the important elements that good
storytelling includes--rejection, loneliness, hope, fear, distrust, love,
selfishness, power, and the price you pay for doing what you believe is
right. By consistently exploring various difficult elements of humanity, the
X-men comic has been able to be not only entertaining but stimulating as
Thankfully, Singer's movie translation is no exception. "X-men" is very well
executed, with excellent character work for the leads (Logan, Rogue, Magneto
and Xavier), a good exploration of the motives of each character, and
dialogue that is sharp and intelligent. However, lest you think X-men is
only intellectual, let me assure you that the special-effects department has
done an incredible job of mingling the human elements of the story with
action. From Wolverine's claws to Rogue's devasating touch, from Storm's
namesake displays of nature to Magneto's awesome power, "X-men" constantly
finds new and arresting ways of showing-off each mutants power. And the
closer you get to the end, the more exciting it is.
True, the movie was not perfect. Certain story elements were modified
slightly for big-screen adaptation (nothing, however, that is disloyal to
the ethic of the series). The soundtrack was only sufficient, rather than
being something truly memorable. And not all of the characters were given
equal time on screen (some important characters were completely missing).
But for a 90 minute movie that needs an action plot, it's obviously
impossible to give all the X-men (and their evil counterparts) equal
attention or character development. In fact, the sheer scale of the series
alone all but requires a sequel to flesh out what was missing in this first,
"Intro to X-men" movie.
Yet, as a beginning exploration of the "X-men" universe, this movie shines.
It is attractive, fun and meaningful. Whether you're an X-men fan, you're
looking for something that will make you think, you want an action movie,
you enjoy sci-fi, or you just want to leave the theater feeling like you
didn't just waste a couple of hours and seven bucks, go see Bryan Singer's
"X-men." You won't be disappointed.
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