And this wraps up the pair of superhero reviews in
this week’s double feature. Next week, Timeshredder
will regale us with tales of The Naked Lunch
and Liquid Sky.
Cast, Crew, and Other Info
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Patrick Stewart as Professor X
Ian McKellen as Magneto
Famke Janssen as Jean Grey
James Marsden as Cyclops
Halle Berry as Storm
Anna Paquin as Rogue
Tyler Mane as Sabretooth
Ray Park as Toad
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Mystique
Bruce Davison as Senator Kelly
Stan Lee as Hot Dog Vender
Written by Tom DeSanto (story), Bryan Singer (story),
and David Hayter
Directed by Bryan Singer
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Mutants are among us. Some wish to peacefully coexist
humans, while others are planning a war.
The school montage. Storm’s exit from the elevator
approach to Toad might have made it had she kept her
The lack of respect for the audience. For example,
“Jean, use your power, try to stabilize him” instead
of “Jean, try to
stabilize him,” is out of character, and implies that
needs her power explained at that point. For another
morphing back from Xavier to Bobby before morphing
into Mystique is
pointless from a story standpoint, or even from an
standpoint. The only reason to do that would be if
you were afraid
the audience wouldn’t realize that this Bobby was
The eye special effect gave that away, as did Bobby
Xavier in the first place. Similarly, the shot with
two Bobbys can
only serve to tell the audience that the Bobby we’re
supposed to like
wasn’t the mean one, but we already knew that.
Seeing this footage
stay when the film was being cut for length so
dramatically that the
bedroom scene was badly botched is just irritating.
(Check the DVD
special features to see what the bedroom scene was
supposed to look
This is not original. They took a property
respected in its
field and showed it no respect, adapting it into a
flick, right down to rewriting the characters to turn
archetypes. (eg. Sabretooth is a grunting bruiser,
by love, Magneto the mad scientist, and Toad the
lackey who seems
useless until the fighting starts.) I give it 2 out
The effects were decent, but the wire work
and tongue CGI had
some major flaws. I give it 4 out of 6.
The story is a substandard Silver Age villain
with a pretty good persecution plot. Too bad the
characters were so
botched up. I give it 3 out of 6.
The acting is often limited by the writing.
There were some
good moments, but there were at least as many bad
ones. I give it 4
out of 6.
The emtoional response was good for me, as a
fan, to see the
X-Men on screen at first. (The geek in me is probably
the reason the
school montage won out over the concentration camp as
the high point.)
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long to realize that
these were not the
X-Men I remembered from the comics. It still holds
value, but it’s ultimately a disappointment. (That
sequel turned that around.) I give it 3 out of 6.
The production had issues. These are not the
Singer’s style. The distortion when switching from
near to far focus,
or in the “zoomed” shot of Wolverine cradling Rogue on
just remind the audience that it’s a movie. If CBS
can afford to
matte and layer these shots on CSI, Fox could
have paid for
that here. I’ve already griped about the editing, and
the music as
just plain uninspiring. I give it 3 out of 6.
Overall, it’s decent, but those of us
familiar with the
comics, or those who have seen the sequel, know what
it could, and
should, have been the first time out. I give it 3 out
In total, X-Men receives 22 out of 42.