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X-MenDirector Bryan Singer's take on Marvel Comics' mutant saga is a murky superhero spectacle, visually and narratively, and what was atmospheric in the theater...X-MenAction/Adventure, Sci-fi and FantasyPT105MPG-13Director Bryan Singer's take on Marvel Comics' mutant saga is a murky superhero spectacle, visually and narratively, and what was atmospheric in the theater...2000-11-28Famke JanssenTyler ManeJames MarsdenRay ParkRebecca RomijnFamke Janssen, Tyler Mane, James Marsden, Ray Park, Rebecca Romijn20th Century Fox Film Corporation
Patrick Stewart, X-Men
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X-Men

Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-fi and Fantasy; Starring: Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Tyler Mane, James Marsden, Ray Park, Rebecca Romijn; Director: Bryan Singer; Author: David Hayter; Producer (group): 20th Century Fox Film Corporation; Release Date Wide: 07/14/2000; Runtime (in minutes): 105; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Director Bryan Singer’s take on Marvel Comics’ mutant saga is a murky superhero spectacle, visually and narratively, and what was atmospheric in the theater seems dim at home. Weighed down with an overarching Holocaust metaphor its script cannot quite support, X-Men does as good a job as it can streamlining the comics’ vast soap operatic mythos into a movie pitch: the lives of superpowered humans seen as ”gifted” by their mentor, Prof. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), as a public threat by a squawky senator (Bruce Davison), and as tools for world domination by the most potent mutant gone bad, Magneto (Ian McKellen).

The only time Singer displays his ”Usual Suspects” knack for making conversation crackle is when Xavier and Magneto square off in silkily toned insult matches. The rest of the time, the film is like one long intro to a movie franchise: Enter character; character displays his/ her power; exit character. Hugh Jackman, as the gratifyingly sarcastic Wolverine, adds much needed wryness to this humorless adolescent boy epic, which will likely have its core audience freeze framing the DVD to get a closer squint at blue gunk drenched villainess Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.