X-Men

JOIN THE EVOLUTION.

Considering the amount of unsuccessfully adapted comic book adventures, how fortunate that versatile director Bryan Singer felt he was the right guy to take on this Marvel extravaganza. The story takes place a few years into the future. Professor X (Patrick Stewart) runs a school for gifted young mutants who possess special powers; people fear them but he disagrees with Magneto (Ian McKellen) on how to fight back against those who wish to harm them. Stewart and McKellen lend dignity to their characters; Hugh Jackman is also worth a look in his breakthrough as the edgy Wolverine. A surprisingly short thrill-ride, but with plenty of good action sequences.

2000-U.S. 104 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Ralph Winter, Lauren Shuler Donner. Directed by Bryan Singer. Screenplay: David Hayter. Comic Book: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby. Cast: Hugh Jackman (Logan/Wolverine), Patrick Stewart (Charles ”Professor X” Xavier), Ian McKellen (Eric ”Magneto” Lensherr), Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Halle Berry… Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

Trivia: Dougray Scott was allegedly first cast as Wolverine. Followed by four sequels, starting with X2 (2003). The movie also inspired X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and X-Men: First Class (2011).

Last word: “I was very obsessed with the Holocaust as a child and man’s inhumanity to man. And, ultimately, it came from my fear of intolerance. In certain places, for whatever reason, just for being Caucasian or having blue eyes, someone might want to cut my head off. For being American, for being anything, for just being myself, someone might want to destroy me. That concept is so terrifying that it constantly bears exploration.” (Singer, BBC)

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