It has come to a time when evolution has taken the next step and there are occasionally very big mutations in people that result in them having special powers. There are bad guys with special powers that want to destroy all humans. There are good guys with special powers that want to stop the bad guys. It is a very serious style movie for being based off a comic book.
And for those of you who think they know the X-men, here's some XmenTrivia.
- AlexBobbs thought it was very enjoyable and exciting, and well-worth the hype. He did wish that it had been longer (a 93 minute length should be reserved for kids movies) since he was left thirsting for more. Oh well, wait for the sequel... He has never read the comic book
- KimEspinoza thinks that everyone who loves the comic book will probably like this movie; people who never read it will probably think that the movie was okay, forgivably hokey, and in need of more bad-ass action for Storm.
- JoeFrosh though it was good if you're accomplished in the art of willing suspension of disbelief. All my comic-book knowlegable friends complained about how various characters were missing; I not knowing anything, though it was cool. And I want a plane like that.
- SeemaPatel thought it was awesome. Who cares what the papers say, this movie rocked. Great actors, great costumes, great set, great toys, and great one-liners all contributed to the experience. I'll agree with Alex in saying that the only setback was the length, but aside from that (and the little kid behind me who kept saying "mommy, that's the guy from star trek!"), the movie was excellent. I was surprised at the lack of nudity until someone pointed out that it was PG-13. Then I realized that there was a significant lack of the f-word too. Anyway, great movie, well worth the cost and wait. Oh yeah. Patrick Stewart and James Marsden are the hottest people ever. I want to have their babies.
- NickJohnson thought it was great. As an avid fan of the comic book through the mid-90's, thought they did a good job of converting the comic to the screen (realizing, of course, that they had 93 minutes instead of 300+ episodes). Only thing that disturbed me was having Iceman (Robert 'Bobby' Drake) as a student when Storm and Wolverine were X-men. Other than that, they didnt make any glaring mistakes. (And those who complained about lack of different X-men are being silly. You can only have so many in 93 minutes without getting bogged down in Cameos). Also loved the cameo of Shadowcat (Catherine 'Kitty' Pride). Only wondering when they're going to have Rogue permanently drain Ms. Marvel's powers. (I guess technically that happened before she joined the X-men, but I wasn't expecting a recreation of the comic here).
- TracyvanCort went to this movie expecting fabulous summer action, shiny special effects, and little to no brain strain. She was not disappointed. Unlike Kim, she thinks this movie will be great for people who are just getting introduced to the X-Men, and notes that she herself knows the comics just a little too well to be comfortable with the small changes that were made (Storm's real name is Ororo, people, and she kicks lots more ass than that --upon a second viewing/listening, which was well worth it, it is less clear whether Storm's name was changed, but she was still awfully American and wussy for an African goddess-queen. Sigh). Overall, the movie gave her the impression that everybody involved did their very best to stay as true to the original comics as possible without getting too convoluted for audiences unfamiliar with the X-Men to follow. She recognizes that it's just not possible to fit 300 books' worth of characters into one movie, but she still missed Beast (big fuzzy blue nerds rock her world).
- ChrisPries liked this movie a lot. as far as comic-book to action-movies go this one was superb. It had multiple story lines that continued through 'till the end. it is just crying for an equally radical sequel. (perhaps a trilogy, i mean they do have the 300+ comics to keep the plot strong and vigorous). Only one question though... why would you play chess with someone who can read your thoughts?
- MarissaAnderson thought it was well done... the cinematography was very comic-like, if nothing else, and the special effects were cool. Was I the only one who noticed Toad was Darth Maul from Star Wars. No, in fact the first time I heard of this movie (last October) was because I heard that Ray "Darth Maul" Park was Toad. -AlexBobbs And was I the only one who considered the possibilities of a 9 foot tongue??
- CurtisVinson thought the movie was good, at least judging by the standards of comic book fare. It's not going to win any Oscars, except maybe for special effects, but it was exciting and even had some character development. It helped that the X-Men comic books, at least in my opinion, were also a step above the typical comics being offered at the time (and no, I'm not by any means a serious fan, but I do have a little conversance with them). The end is also very obviously a set-up for a sequel. Two more random comments: the end fight scene was a classic demonstration of what happens when a party of mages (i.e., the X-Men), meets a party of fighters (Magneto's group). All right, a bit of a stretch, but the X-Men had Storm, Cyclops, and Jean Gray, all with mage-like abilities, and only one fighter, Wolverine. The bad guys had all fighters except for Magneto himself: Toad, Sabretooth, and Mystique. I won't reveal exactly what happens, but suffice to say, the X-Men only win (I'm sure that's a major plot spoiler) because they outnumber the bad guys and have a tactical advantage in the way the encounter occurred. Oh yeah, and lots of luck. The other random comment was that Cyclops' beam eyes obey the Geneva convention on beam weapons. By that, I mean that a beam weapon, when applied to inanimate objects, will have massively more power than when applied to a human target. Here, Cyclops has the firepower to blow through a reinforced concrete ceiling, but when he applies it to human targets, they survive. 'Nuff said. Actually, with the visor he has the ability to calibrate the intensity, or at least he does in the comic. Moreover, his eye-beams are, if I recall correctly, "pure kinetic energy." This is, of course, total hooey, but means they should be interpreted as more or less a powerful blunt force, rather than a laser beam or some such. Thus, his opponents are knocked backwards (quite forcefully), rather than being incinerated
- NateCappallo thought this was the best movie of the summer. I actually saw it once because I was thirsty. I can't understand how people could complain about which characters weren't in it because there were TEN major X-Men characters in this movie. That blows any other movie of this type out of the water. I found myself leaving the movie, wishing that a sequel were out already so that I could keep watching.
- AriNieh thought this movie was unbelievably dumb. The acting sucked. The plot sucked. The dialogue sucked even more. I'm trying to think of some aspect of it that didn't suck. Well, at least it was pretty short, so the sucking ended after not too long.
- AndrewSchoonmaker still thinks Storm's "Do you know what happens to a toad when it's hit by lightning?" line is quality. A lot of the rest of the dialogue manages to capture that comic-book feel as well...
- AlanKraut thinks that line is the low point of the movie, and is extremely disappointed that the one place in the movie where Storm gets to unleash her full fury is reduced to :incapacitate: :lame line: :knock out:. In his opinion Storm is BadAss enough to deserve a fight scene of her own. He also understands that not everyones favorite X-Men could be in there, and that it was quite good in getting in a lot of them without losing the sense of their character, but he really missed Gambit.
- DuctTapeGuy says: UgLy! The node name, not the movie. Well, some might disagree on one or both points. Personally I thought the movie was quite a sharp treatment of something that is far too easily turned into fanservice galore. There are far too many opportunities for random references, cameos, and other things that diehard comic book readers would drool over and everyone else would just go "Yeah.... uh.... about those costumes?" I mean, please? Yellow spandex? (<---nominee for best line in movie)