Re-Watch: X-Men (2000)

Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: David Hayter
Based on: The Marvel Comics series
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Ray Park, Tyler Mane, Bruce Davison, Shawn Ashmore

The world is changing and so are humans. Ever so slowly “mutants” are emerging – humans one step further in the evolution of things who have special powers. Marie (Anna Paquin) is one of them. When her power kicks in, she runs away from home and quite accidentally meets Logan (Hugh Jackman), another mutant. Together they end up at Professor Xavier’s (Patrick Stewart) school for mutants and get caught in the war that is brewing between Xavier, his old friend Eric (Ian McKellen) and the humans.

It’s been ages that I saw the film and I have to say that it holds its own quite well, even after all this time. Yeah, it has the occasional headdesk-worthy dialogue, but it’s fun, has a good cast and treats its premise with respect. Very enjoyable.

I don’t know how often I have seen this movie. Five, six times probably. I still remembered a lot of the scenes pretty much exactly as they are (and there’s no forgetting Hugh Jackman’s hotness as Wolverine, either. Though he really does get better with every film, hotness-wise. Anyway.) which always makes it hard to review a film: there’s just so much memory connected to it that you’re automatically fonder of the film.

But despite that, I can confidently say that X-Men is a reallly cool movie. The special effects are good, Singer paces the movie perfectly and the casting is just really spot-on. And you just notice that everyone has so much fun that you can’t help but go along with it.

It’s not a perfect film. Sometimes it does feel a bit disjointed and as I said, the dialogues are not always that great. And it seems clear that its first concern is world-building and establishing the characters, so basically to do the groundwork for a good sequel.

In any case it really succeeds in that and makes you look forward to the sequel while being perfectly enjoyable.

Summarising: wonderful.

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