After being attacked by the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Wolverine, and Rogue are saved by the X-Men, and taken back to Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. Meanwhile the Brotherhood's leader Magneto plans to make an impact after talks of a Mutant Registration Act start.
This was a brilliant film, and one that would shape comic book films as we know them today. Although the likes of Blade, and the Batman movies were out prior to this film, this would be the first in a new age of films, being the first proper superhero film to have been good using CGI, and without it we may never have had the Spider-Man movies, or any other Marvel film. The film itself also did a great job of introducing these characters to a new audience, with a great fun story behind it, well as plenty of action, and dram. Director Bryan Singer was one of the reasons that this was a great film, as although he didn't quite hit the mark with his later comic book film, Superman Returns, the two X-Men films he directed were amazing, with great depth, and understanding of the story (which he helped write), and I look forward to him returning as director in the new X-Men film X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The cast for this film was pretty good, as although not all the cast members were excellent choices, they all played their roles well, and looked close to the characters they were playing. There were however a couple of cast members that stood out more, with the main ones being Patrick Stewart as Professor X, Ian McKellen as Magneto, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Stewart was simply born to play Professor X, as there isn't a bald actor who's as good as him, and although you could shave another good actor bald, it wouldn't look the same as someone who's naturally bald (plus it'd be hard to find as good an actor as Stewart in the first place). McKellen was also perfect, showing the sinister side to Magneto, and Jackman has in this film, and since owned the Wolverine role, being amazing, showing his characteristics perfectly. The other cast including Famke Jannsen as Jean Grey, James Marsden as Cyclops, Halle Berry as Storm, Anna Paquin as Rogue, as well as the rest of the cast were all amazing, with only Jannsen, and Marsden being slightly questionable, as Marsden didn't have a big enough personality, or presence, as although Cyclops is meant to be the more serious character, we don't get to see much screen presence from him, and Jannsen just didn't feel right as Jean, even though she looked the part.
|Wolverine and Rogue|
Now although Wolverine, and Rogue were focused on slightly more than other characters, we did get to see the X-Men work together, which was amazing. One thing that I questioned was the change in suits, as although it's probably sensible to change it to black leather instead of spandex, I wouldn't mind seeing a hint of their comic book clothes. There was however a cool line, where Cyclops goes to Wolverine, "Well, what would you prefer? Yellow spandex?" referring to Wolverine's iconic yellow, and blue suit. I also loved seeing all the X-Men's abilities on show, as well as the Blackbird which was cool.
The action in this film was also amazing, with some real exciting scenes. Even the cage fight that Wolverine was in near the start of the film was interesting, and exciting, but the best fight was the one between the X-Men, and Brotherhood near the end of the film. I did however also liked the sparing of words between Professor X, and Magneto, which was just as entertaining, and although the action overall wasn't the best out of the series, it was still excellent, and just right for an opening film.
This was a great opening film for the X-Men franchise, and would help shape comic book films as we know them today. It had deep characters, as well as some humour, and amazing action. It also had great emotion, as well as interesting concepts. It was however not perfect, as some of the characters didn't work in this film, but overall this was a great film, and well worth watching again, and again, which I'd highly recommend you to do.