My revisitation of of the X-men movies start with the first movie to start the modern age of super hero films , X-men.
X-men came out in 2000 , and it’s directed by Bryan Singer . The movie starts out with a scene of young Erik Lehnsherr , In 1944 German-occupied Poland,he is separated from his parents upon entry to a concentration camp. In attempting to reach them, he causes a set of gates to bend towards him, as though attracted by a magnetic force. I like that we get to see a young Magneto before he becomes magneto because it gives him layers as a character. Than we jump decades later . Senator Kelly wants to pass a mutant registration act in congress which would force mutants to publicly reveal their identities and abilities . During this we get our first introduction to Magneto and Professor X who discuss the deferent view points on humans and mutants. One of the things I like about X-men is the philosophy behind it . It’s kind of like segregation and the civil rights era in which Magneto is Malcom X and Professor X is martin luther King. I just love they way they illustrate that and I love how they handle Magneto and Professor X because they both want the same thing but go about it differently . As for the actors that play them I cannot think of any other actors other than Patrick Stewart( Professor X) and Ian Mckellen (Magneto) who was made to play X and Magneto .
After that scene we meet Rogue(Anna Paquin) who is going cross country after she has the power so absorb life outta people by touching and if she touches a mutant she temporally has their powers . SHe meet Logan a.k.a. the wolverine. they are both on the run but are both ambushed by Saber tooth. who at the time this movie came out we were suposed to believe they didn’t know each other but according to X-men Origins : Wolverine they are brothers and parted ways by the end ? (shrug) . Sabertooth is one of my favorite villains in this movies. I love when both sabertooth and Wolverine fight. Storm and cyclops save Wolverine and rogue and they take them back to Xavior’s school for gifted youngsters. Proffessor X tells wolverine about the school and that he leads a group of mutants called the X-Men, who are trying to seek peace with the human race, educate young mutants in the responsible use of their powers, and stop Magneto from escalating the war with humanity.
Hallie Berry plays storm. I know some people didn’t really like her as storm but I don’t see the problem tho she would be my first choice for storm but she plays him well and its cool to see her used her powers. When saberotth grabs her by the neck in the train station she controls the weather and make and lighting bolt take out saberooth. We got cyclops who I felt is not used enough in this series but for what they gave him in this movie it was cool. and when him and wolverine banter like they did in the comics I was like “ thats totally from the comics” Props to the makers of this movie for that. Jean Grey is played by famke Janseen in ehich she great as jean Grey and the character as a hold was perfect and tho I also felt she was not used enough in this but they make it up in the next two movies but back when this movie came out I was interested where they where gonna take her chapter …..If you know what I mean.
Bruce Davison as Senator Kelly he was good . I like that he is the one that believe mutants are different than humans but than he is captured by the brotherhood of mutants and get puts in their shoes. The brotherhood consist of magneto , sabertooth and two others toad and mystique. I do not like frogs but I like the character toad who is played by Darth Maul himself Ray Park. He has frog like powers In which he has an incredible long tongue which make his one and only action sequence at the end awesome. Before hand their is a scene of him jumping on top of a police officer and completely crushes him . That was awesome. And lastly Rebecca Romijn as mystique . It was bazaar how they handled her but I loved it. Maybe this makes me weird but a naked blue women was the part of the inception of my puberty. Mystique’s power is that she can shape shift in to anyone she wants to be. It was cool seeing her do that especially when she fights wolverine and she messes with him by turning into storm but wolverine with his good sense of smell knew it’s not her then wolverine stabs her and she turns back in to her naked blue self. My favorite part of this movie is the climax because it showcases the character and their abilities.
between all the good actors and character is a really great story in which you have magneto wants to eliminate all the humans because he feels that mutants are more dominate. I give props to Bryan singer for bringing the x-men to the big screen in such a grounded and serious way because the super genre died with Batman and Robin but Bryan singer resurrected it with this huge surprise of a film. I also loved the way this film was shot the cinematography was fantastic. I love the music in the film too. I love the opening credits and the music for the film because it sets the tone of the film. The whole production of this film was a bit of fresh air for everybody at the time. Especially for the cerebro scenes because thats something that could of failed but it work.
I cannot stress enough how much this film is good. The next film is even better , but the first X-men film is an A++