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Rouge and Wolverine, two mutants with extraordinary powers (Rouge can
sap people's energy by more touch, while Wolverine has an exoskeleton
made of an unbreakable alloy, retractable claws, and an accelerated
healing factor).join Charles Xavier's school for gifted young students
and become the newest members of a team of other mutants, called the
X-men and together they fight Magneto, a Jewish mutant who hates
humanity after growing up in Nazi-era Germany, and his brotherhood of
Evil mutants. All the while trying to dissuade a public from hating all
of them. This was one of the first superhero films that opted for a
more serious tone as opposed to the campy ones that preceded it, and
for the most part works, True there were a few things I would have
changed (Glenn Danzig would've made a more kick ass Wolverine, I never
warmed up to Halle Barry as Storm), but all the other actors are very
good (particularly, Ian McKellen as a spot-on Magneto). And the
storyline is deep, yet remains still extremely accessible. Followed by
a sequel that wasn't as good.
My Grade: B+
Single disc DVD Extras: - 6 Deleted Scenes; Excerpts from Bryan Singer
on "The Charlie Rose Show"; the 22 minute "The Mutant Watch" special
that aired on Fox; 6 minute X-men featurette; Hugh Jackman screen-test;
2 Animatics; 2 art galleries; Soundtrack Promo; 3 TV Spots; 2
Theatrical Trailers; a FOX compilation trailer
2 Easter Eggs: Highlight the Rose n the "Trailers And TV Spots" section
to see a practical joke scene involving another well-known superhero;
Highlight Wolverine's Dog Tags in the "Art Gallery" section, to see
character designs for Beast and The Blob.
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best comic movie.
This movie is freaking awesome.
I love this movie.
*Sigh* It's at times like this after two years of writing reviews that I
wish I could go back and rewrite some of the old reviews just to punch them
up a bit. Oh, well, how times change...
American society loves comic books or graphic novels or even just the daily
strips in the newspaper. We love the bizarre notions of reality that can be
created with the pen and watercolors. Heck, just about every culture loves
them. Names like "Dark Horse", "DC", and "Marvel" are thrown around to the
cult following around them.
With film we have a more fluid medium. Ang Lee had a chance with 'Hulk'
since he already had made a visually sound film, but that project had mixed
results. Tim Burton had the visual look accomplished by the time he made
'Batman Returns', but then let Schumacher destroy the series. Raimi's
'Spider-Man' lacked his usual visual flair, probably brought on by studio
executives who didn't want him to expand like in 'Darkman'. 'Superman' was
pure Donner, but Donner's problem was that he didn't have a model to follow
other than the prior cheesy series. Stephen Norrington is atrocious and
Guillermo Del Toro is questionable at the moment (I'm waiting to see how
'Hellboy' comes out). I won't even mention the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles' or 'Men in Black'.
Despite all these branches, the genre really boils down to two camps. There
is the light-hearted fare of 'Spider-Man' and 'Superman', reliant on truth,
justice, blah blah blah. Then there are the pessimist, "dark" films.
'Blade' and 'Spawn' fall into the "wannabe" sections of this genre. 'Batman
Returns' marks the high (low?) point.
It's as though the studios think they can't make a truly pessimistic
"graphic novel" and be successful. So, as in the case of the first X-Men
movie here, we get everything to us at 50% power. More emphasis is given
towards what we know of film rather than the comic books themselves. How
else do you explain the X-Men's costumes or Professor X as a weaker Dr.
Perhaps one reason why so many of these latest installments don't work is
that they don't create the right environment. The Batman movies, though
they boiled down to pure idiocy by the 'Robin', still created a world both
detailed and ugly and reminded you that the world was real fake and not pure
fake. That's another nail against these X-Men movies.
What do I consider to be the best "comic book" movies? Mystery Men,
Darkman, Batman Returns, RoboCop, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. They
annotate the genre (except Returns) with their own styles.
Singer did better the second time. There he used the characters as
themselves, much like Kerschner did with 'Empire'.
Final Analysis = = Cinematic Dud.