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America's favorite group of super heroes makes their big screen debut. The movie is based off the popular comic book series, in which a group of mutants protect the world that both hates and fears them. Meanwhile, a mutant named Magneto (Ian McKellan) tries to take over the world with his band of rogue mutants. Plus, Wolverine is caught in the middle with no recollection of his past. Bryan Singer does a great job at capturing the heart of the series. However, the film suffers from having too many characters, so the story is never able to build up a lot of the character's relationships with each other with the exception of Wolverine/Logan (Hugh Jackman). As it seems, any character(s) that has nothing to do with Wolverine in the film are mostly there to take up space. The CGI is good as well as the costume for the characters. I was glad to see Bryan decided to make the costumes a bit more realistic, and it helped make the characters more believable. Basically, "X-Men" may not be as strong as most super heroe films, but it should definitely keep any fan entertained.
With the unfortunate task of introducing the characters, the storyline to flesh out all the character development isn't that great. Halle Berry (Storm), Rebecca Romin-Stamos (Mystique) and James Marsden (Cyclops), among others, are rarely seen in the film, so the audience is never able to develop any kind of affection for them. Even though I agree with Singer's choice to make Wolverine the main character, it does seem sad that any character that doesn't interact with Wolverine is just there to take up space. In the scene, where Storm takes on Toad, because she's rarely in the film the viewer doesn't feel the same type of pain when they see Rogue get kidnapped by Magneto. Fortunately, though, Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier) and Ian McKellan (Magneto) are able to develop their characters despite limited screen time.
Xavier and Magneto represent two different points of view in the film. Xavier's passive nature believes that humans and mutants can someday co-exist, where as Magneto believes that a war is rising between the two sides. In the last scene, when Magneto and Xavier talk to each other about the upcoming war between mutants and humanity, the viewer is able to feel the intensity as the two actors face each other.
However, I do agree with Bryan's decision to tell this story from Wolverine's perspective. Although this causes a lot limited screen time for most of the characters, it does have its' own benefits. Like the comic book version, Wolverine is somewhat of an loner whom doesn't really care any which point of view is right in the war between mutants and humanity. This allows the viewer to gain a clear perspective on both points of views without too much bias. Hugh Jackman does a great job as one of the most infamous bad *** in comics. In one scene, where Wolverine and Sabretooth fight on the Statue of Liberty, would make any fan drool with excitement. In Jackman's many scenes with Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Jean Grey (Femke Jenson), the film does a great job describing his relationship with these characters. In the case of Rogue, as she is an outcast as well, Wolverine serves as somewhat of an role model for her throughout the film. Both having no home to turn to, it allows the viewer to see a deep connection between the two characters. As for the love story between Jean and Logan, it was fairly well done. In the scenes in which Jackman and Jenson were together, the viewer is able to see a clear emotional attachment between them. However, because Cyclops is rarely seen in this, the love triangle is no where near the level it is in the comic book.
The X-Men make their triumphant debut on the big screen. Using great CGI and a great cast, it proved successful. Although, unless your a true X-Men fan, you probably won't know too much about all the characters in this film because very little detail is explained about all of them. However, despite its' flaws, "X-Men" should keep anyone entertained.
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