El Cosmico Sees X-Men Again, AND LOVES IT EVEN MORE!
Good morning, folks, El Cosmico here.
One of the fine things about being an AICNer is that I've now had the pleasure of seeing X-Men twice. You can read my first review, from the press screening, here.
Now, in that first viewing, I was, well, very nervous. Throughout the viewing, I was, well, paranoid that at any moment, the movie was going to suck. Also, there was no audience reaction, because it was a press screening.
Now, with great pleasure, after seeing this film twice, BELIEVE ME, this movie is AWESOME. I previously said that I liked it a lot. Well, I've seen it a second time, and I LOVED it.
Not having any trepidation helped a lot, and folks, this is just one hell of a fun, cool, kick-ass movie. If the director, screenwriters, cast and crew were here right now, I'd give them all a great big hug, because this movie just really ROCKS THE HOUSE.
Don't let there be any doubt about it. There were about 300 people turned away from this screening for lack of space. That's right, THREE HUNDRED. And this is from one of our largest theatres. I now want to see this movie again and again. I mean, as SOON as it was over, I wanted not only to see a sequel, I wanted to go in and watch the whole thing over and over again...and I almost NEVER want to do that.
If this flick doesn't make a ton of money, I'll be surprised. Running at only ninety-some minutes, it'll have plenty of showtimes at theatres, and I'm absolutely positive that a LOT of people are going to want to see this multiple times. Personally, I'll be seeing it again this weekend. I recommend that if you go to the cinema, you buy tickets for successive shows, because you'll probably want to see it again as soon as it's over. When I think about those opening two scenes...oh man. This movie is going to sell THROUGH THE ROOF ON DVD.
So there you go. Those of you who have doubts about this, DON'T. Go see it. You WILL love this film. Because it's not just a damn fine film...it's a hell of a GREAT film. Great, faithful adaptation, great performances, great plot, just freaking GREAT. Films like this are the reason I love the big screen.
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July 12, 2000, 12:20 a.m. CST
gave props to Kirby -- looks righteous! Finally. BTW-- first!
July 12, 2000, 12:30 a.m. CST
Yeah yeah. The FOX special was good, and all these fairly positive reviews have got me nicely jazzed to see this on Friday. I'm just worried about the 45(?) minutes or so that I heard they cut from the movie. Does anyone have the actual running time of X-Men yet? I'm hoping that doesn't have too much of a drastic effect on the story, but at least it gives me something to look forawrd to in a Fox Special Edition DVD release. Hopefully just as good as The Abyss, Fight Club and ID4.
July 12, 2000, 12:35 a.m. CST
So by seeing it seeing it twice and reporting it...It must be good!...I see. Sounds like a little extra promotion for this movie to me.
July 12, 2000, 12:42 a.m. CST
Didnt catch the fox special because I didnt want any of the parts ruined for me visually, (visual spoilers for me are the only TRUE kind of spoilers) Wont be able to see it until (GASP!) SUNDAY! Oh why o why do my parents friends have to get married this weekend!!!Why GOD why?!?!?!?!?!
July 12, 2000, 12:49 a.m. CST
morning and they showed some of the various wolverine scenes and they showed a lot of the fight between him and Mystique and it just completely kicked ass! I am now at the breaking point on my geek-o-meter. I am hoping that this movie delivers. Their are so many good characters that they could do, and it will definetly happen if this movie hits.
July 12, 2000, 12:51 a.m. CST
Every time a movie like this is released there's always a bunch of people that complain about the site, about Harry, about the columnists here, and it makes me sick. There's nothing wrong with having an opinion about the movie. I could give a rats ass if you hated the movie. But when a bunch of people come on here and bitch about the site, it makes me wonder if they can summon the intelligence to not come here any more. Mark my words, come the release of X-MEN, the floodgates are gonna open and the AICN and Harry bashers and gonna pour out and cry for Harry's blood. Woe is the day.
July 12, 2000, 12:52 a.m. CST
I am very sure this movie will be good. And Im still not sure if it will be a good movie because it is a good movie or if it will be good for a comic book movie. I will never be able to see it through a comminers eyes. But I do think the DVD version will kick sooooooo much ass. Im still pissed that Lucas didnt put Episode I on DVD, maybe with extra shit it could have made the movie better. But I will defenetly be there at the movies on Friday night to watch the X-men Movie, then rush home to watch Heavy Metal 2000 on starz!!! VIVA JULY 14TH!!!
July 12, 2000, 12:52 a.m. CST
by Zap Rowsdower
I saw the screening of it on Monday. It sceded all my expectations and more! The only thing that worried is that the movie has an extreme amount of make-believe to make seem real, and it secedes by the Cinematography, as real to life as possible. Only soft blue tones will be the films most outrageous art direction, and that
July 12, 2000, 1:14 a.m. CST
I hear on the third viewing your head blows up. Is this is the most reviews of any movie ever? Everyone has had at least one, and now we are onto seconds. This site needs to be renamed to Ain't it X-men Reviews. Five a day, every day, until the movie leaves theatres! Then the DVD reviews, a new one everytime somebody watches it! I think its a slow news week or something.
July 12, 2000, 1:35 a.m. CST
by pogo on my own
Ok Ok how many people can see this and write in a glowing review, enough already. I am excited about the movie but feel a little uneasy with the number of glowing reviews. Starting to sound staged
July 12, 2000, 1:37 a.m. CST
That little move Toad did after knocking Storm down the elevator: Is it just me, or was that a little Darth Maul aside?
July 12, 2000, 1:48 a.m. CST
I believe it clocks in at 1:40.
July 12, 2000, 1:50 a.m. CST
Are these extra "X-Men" reviews in fact extra promotion for the film? Of course! Harry always promotes the movies he likes best with extra coverage (see also "Iron Giant" and "Chicken Run"). Nothing wrong with that at all - he wants to hype some really great films that might be overlooked at the box office. And, yes, "X-Men" deserves it just as did "Iron Giant" and "Chicken Run". Here Singer was, dealing with a property with 30+ years of continuity, filtered through dozens of different artists and writers, featuring whole teams of characters to introduce...and he damn well pulled it off. A million potential stumbling blocks, and he pulled it off. Bring on the sequel!
July 12, 2000, 2:23 a.m. CST
I clocked it at the theater. Anyone who doubts me can fuck themselves and enjoy their ludicrous wet dream of 45 missing minutes, because I don't give a shit. Barely anything was missing from the movie. Some scenes you might notice previously mentioned, some with dialogue that was slightly trimmed. Bryan was telling the truth when he said he was a tight director. I wasn't disappointed at all with the film, and the music was good but not great.
July 12, 2000, 2:32 a.m. CST
I cant wait till friday to see those fight scenes
July 12, 2000, 2:43 a.m. CST
A lot of these "X-Men" reviews are coming from longtime AICN contributors, so I wouldn't worry about them being staged. Obviously, Harry *is* trying to give "X-Men" some promotion ('cause the marketing jerk-offs sure ain't doin' it), but now that I've seen the film, I know that the accolades are merited. Honestly, I doubt you'll be seeing many bad reviews, though I expect some non-superhero fans just won't be hooked. Still, don't let all the enthusiasm get you overly pumped up...that's the one downside to Harry's exuberance at times. I really enjoyed "Chicken Run" for instance, but not on the life-changing level Harry and company seemed to. *Nothing* could live up to the hype they put out. On the other hand, I probably wouldn't have seen it at all if not for this site's promotion. A double-edged sword, no doubt. So...stop reading these reviews. Forget 'em all and go see "X-Men" expecting nothing more than a moderately entertaining Summer actioneer. You might get just that, or you might think (like me) that it far exceeds expectations. The one thing I can almost guarantee though is that you won't hate it. Moderate expectations to start with, though.
July 12, 2000, 2:48 a.m. CST
Harry's home cooked bs turd pie. Force fed to all of us sheep who clamour to these reviews as if they are the way to god. Boy, you really ARE desparate to have us like this arent you? Why? God, I have NEVER in THREE F'ING YEARS OF COMING HERE seen ANYTHING like this to CONVINCE people something DOES not suck and when a review comes to tell how much it blows chunks, the LEVEL of "DONT WORRY ness" That you feed us has never been so high. For all you fanboys who will wet yourself over this review, go stick your head in the toilet and flush. We don't need you. As harry does not need us. Oh, wait, he does, to follow his orders. Otherwise, he's back to being a real film geek. The one we loved. The one we trusted. Folks, that harry is dead. never can we have faith. If so, explain why his fanboy love for star wars turned into a "hmmph, Hayden is Anakin" but we get "HOLY SHIT, I LOVE THIS SCRIPT!" about a film we COULD CARE LESS ABOUT and he goes to fly around the world to visit. HELLO! We have waited HOW LONG to find the new anakin, and he blows it over. Instead of a site run by a 'geek' like us, it's just an online ego trip. Not fooled! And if it sucks, SO WHAT! make one yourself you cockeyed fanboys. Go play with yourself in your scooby doo underoos and talk to your supermodel girlfriend in your x-men newsgroups and fantasize yourself with your hasbro lightsaber saving the queen from the evil emperor.."Oh, my hero...I love your basement. Let's keep quite so we don't wake up your parents. And get this sticky playboy off me, gross!...But you are still my hero!" Oy. AND SPACE THESE THINGS! 3 year fan... bet that means nuttin. I'm coming with a star wars spoof site that will KICK THIS SITES ASS! and have more legit scoops that will be submitted by any retard that has email... and will make ya laugh. It's coming...until then. "Kincaid has spoken. Be gone, my filthy manimals."
July 12, 2000, 3:26 a.m. CST
Are you trying to tell us something, here? Are you some sort of BS taste-tester who knows exactly WHAT BS tastes like because you eat so often? Just checking... and as to the person who said the flood-gates would open, etc. etc. etc (and also to the rest of the Harry-haters) Why is it anytime Harry likes a movie that YOU didn't, he's a sell out? What? If his opinion doesn't match up perfectly with yours, it's obvious he's a shill because you have absolute taste? Just chill with it... All my friends loved Scary Movie, I hated it... it happens... just... chill... also... no one really likes you a-holes, so go cry to a psychiatrist
July 12, 2000, 3:33 a.m. CST
by Miyamoto Musashi
Just wanted to say that though I like Japanese manga better than American comics, the X-Men movie still sounds and looks good to a guy like me. Hell, I'm going in there expecting a good movie, not a "faithful adaptation" since I've only read the X-Men only about a few times. So I'm guessing that a lot of the people here that are posting bad things about the movies just probably hate comics and cartoons in general so I'm not too worried.
July 12, 2000, 4:24 a.m. CST
If you don't like Harry so much and think the "film geek" has died, why the hell do you still come here? If you think this site is a hype machine, get a fucking grip. Every year there comes along a film like AMERICAN BEAUTY that all the critics love. They talk of Oscars and Golden Globes and the beginning of a new era in film. The thing is, this site isn't the mainstream. And as such, every year a film comes along that all the columnists on this site love. Like FIGHT CLUB, or even this film (although the two are by no means on the same level). Everyone likes it. Hell, wouldn't you feel like the asshole if YOU liked it? I'll bet you will. Get back to me when you have something intelligent and meaningful to add.
July 12, 2000, 6:25 a.m. CST
So, I don't quite understand how this is another review. It doesn't really say anything new except that he (or she?) is seeing the movie again. I mean, good for you El Cosmico, but wouldn't a second review warrant some more insight or even a "I didn't see or hear that the first time around" sorta review. Still anxious to see this just the same though
July 12, 2000, 6:56 a.m. CST
just a side point, but for those still worrying about Lucas putting SW on DVD, it's coming soon. He announces on a L.A. talk radio show that he plans to do so either late this year or early next year, no more waiting till 2006!!
July 12, 2000, 7:04 a.m. CST
I mean if this is a fun film, which it seems to be, then it should be fine, it's all about replay value too. I must have watched TPM in theatres AT LEAST 4 or 5 times. If x-men has that kind of relay value it'll do just fine. Teenage girls may have helped drive titanic over the top but I saw alot of guys DRAGGING their chics to see scary movie, not that they really had to everyone knew that would be funny, as soon as you heard waynes bros were doing it. It was a great date movie, nothing breaks the ice like laughter, and in the theatre I was in, there was plenty of it. people will see that movie at least 2 times just to catch all the stuff they missed the first time because they were laughing so hard. If X-men can establish a good reply value where a good percentage of those who see it do so more than once, it'll do great. but even still Tristars godzilla made over 340M and there was nothing in there to attract teenage girls at all (or ultra reverant G-fans either) the fact that it was a fun movie to watch and the effects were done very well established some replay value to it as well. (this so-called bad word of mouth aginst this film might have cost it 100M and thats being generous!)fact is, that movie entertained all sorts of people including fans of the franchise, and X-men seems poised to do the same. Will it make as much as godzilla? I wish! but honestly don't know.
July 12, 2000, 7:12 a.m. CST
OK, few things here...one, the Fox special was great...senator kelly is gonna be the premiere asshole of the movies this summer, right next to that sonofabitch from the patriot(you know, the one that shot mel gibson's kid). two, Hugh Jackman is a god...'nuff said. three, am i the only one noticing this real "I just dont give a f**k" attitude from the media as far as this film is concerned? I mean i'm watching access hollywood and ET, and its like "...and then Julia Roberts was watering her lawn, a lawn that exhubby Richard Gere bought for her during Pretty Woman....oh yeah, and here's a cheap overused scene of Halle Berry in X-Men. Comes out on the 14th... Thats all for today! Tomorrow, Jennifer Lopez in a thong and Regis gets a new hairpiece!" If this is the seriousness that comic book movies are getting then its even more imperative that this movie rock, and do well, box office-wise. and lastly, four, to answer the guy above's question, yes, that is Ray Park intentionally calling upon the great cut-in-half spirit of Darth Maul in that split second in X-Men with the metal pole. Personally, i think it's a cool moment :-) "Revolution is my name"
July 12, 2000, 8:06 a.m. CST
The reason why I return to this site is the hilarious Talkback. The movie news I can get at Dark Horizons or Corona. But this is what, the fifth X-Men "review"? Getting a little old, even for El Cosmico.
July 12, 2000, 8:52 a.m. CST
There is a little problem that has been going on here lately, and im now buggered enough to speak of it: How can all you sad bitches that keep coming here EVERY SINGLE DAY whining about this site, continiue to come here? Ive been online quite a while, and every time there has been a site that i originally liked that has gone belly-up, i simply quit it. This is a FREE site for you to come to. This is NOT a paysite, where youre supposed to get value for your money. This is HARRY
July 12, 2000, 9:38 a.m. CST
i live in england and we've got to wait until august 18th.only problem is my work mates and wife are about ready to kill me as i cant shut up about this film,but they don't understand .............i can't wait.also count your selfs lucky ,princess mononoke isnt even being released in britian, in any version,guess i am going to have to import the dvd.....
July 12, 2000, 10:05 a.m. CST
by cobra t
Regarding the X-Men preview on Fox last night, it was pretty good, but I thought the hearing-room scenes should have been shot on videotape instead of film, for a "live" look. And the guy who played the senator from New Jersey was a lousy actor--didn't even seem to know his lines very well either. But hey, it was just a TV special, not the actual movie. That said, I think it's kind of sad that the movie cast and producer were so obviously trying to distance themselves from the comics. It couldn't be plainer that the actors were lured BECAUSE OF Bryan Singer, and DESPITE the connection to comic books. I don't think there's ever been an movie adaptation of say, a novel, where the producer says, "We wanted to make sure it wasn't 'novelly.'" I guess respect for comics and graphic novels is decades in the future, if it ever occurs. If the movie earns critical praise, I think Singer will be the one to benefit (and probably deservedly so).
July 12, 2000, 10:20 a.m. CST
by THE BALD MAN
I would just like to say that I hope that all the people on talkback who were slating this film since last year are well and truly eating there words. I can remember at the start of the year all the assholes who slated the first trailer & said the film would be shit, etc. Like I said then, give the cast ,crew & Bryan Singer a chance & they will deliver - and they have. Also,(if he is reading this), thanks to Bryan Singer for all his hard work over the past three years, 10 years ago I wouldn't belive that an X-Men film would be possible. Thanks of course also to the crew & actors as well. Oh and finally to the Fox Execs : Fot the sequel make sure Bryan Singer directs, keep the principle cast - give them a bigger budget & more time to make the film & lets have a 180 minute mutant epic (sentinels & Dark Phoniex please!) which pisses all over Lucas & Star Wars. The Bald Man Has Spoken
July 12, 2000, 10:39 a.m. CST
If you want to see some great shots from the movie GO TO www.cinescape.com NOW Everyone;it seems has been complaining about the character of Storm that has been portrayed by Halle Berry.I suggest you go to this site and click on the X-Men excerpt and see some of the pictures of Storm.VERY FREAKY and oddly enough,they remind of her in the comics. Check it out.
July 12, 2000, 10:53 a.m. CST
Just an addendum to my earlier post....i just watched Regis and Kathy Lee(before anybody questions my sanity, i knew that they were doing X-Men coverage through the week...that in between Kathy Lee bitching on and on about Cody the Rugrat), and Halle Berry was on...now while Howie Mandel(who was covering for Regis...ugh) and Kathy Lee(OK, WE GET IT! YOU LOVE YOUR KIDS!! DAMN!!) just wanted to keep badgering the poor girl about the accident and her marriage(none of which, really, is any of ours or their business), they DID show us a nice huge chunk of the train station scene, with Storm asking a ticket attendant about if he'd seen Rogue, Sabretooth slapping the hell out of everybody else in line to get his hands around Storm's throat with an ever so cool whispered/growled "Scream for me...." Then comes Cyclops, who sees this happening, about to run over to help her, until Toad, who we see slickly climbing the walls, uses his tongue to snatch the visor(the trailer shot...thats right). With the ceiling blasted out, we finally get to see Storm REALLY at work, when a huge storm builds overhead, Halle's eyes go blank, and the mother of all lightning bolts strikes Sabertooth , sends him across the room, and through a wall, flat on his ass, only to be met with a cynical as hell Toad, who just made a beautiful leapfrog move through the busted wall to stand over Sabertooth. Joygasm!!!
July 12, 2000, 12:10 p.m. CST
Hey, I think I'm missing something... was Halle Berry bad-mouthing X-Men on a TV show or something? I've had a hard time wondering why so many people hate Halle Berry. Could someone, like, give me a comprehensive list please?
July 12, 2000, 1:30 p.m. CST
I have to wonder why people are saying there's no promotion for the film as I watch the second set of back to back trailers today? They're even airing countdown trailers on the WB (In 2 days...etc). Without a doubt I've seen more ads for X-Men then for any other summer film so far and with each one I get more and more eager for Friday to get here.
July 12, 2000, 1:58 p.m. CST
Word of mouth on the upcoming X-men flick has been surprisingly good. People comment on the performances as well as the effects. I read a slew of them over at the IMDb and this movie does sound like a winner. I hope I'm right come the monday after July 14th.
July 12, 2000, 2:13 p.m. CST
What was NOT mentioned was the reason WHY so many people were turned away from the theater last night. The 500-seat theater was filled with press, sponsors and all of their friends. That's right. The advance screening that 20th Century Fox was holding for the general public was really a screening for those "privileged" to be know someone with the press or sponsors. Believe it or not, there is a limit to how many guests a member of the press can bring into a free screening. Apparently the representatives for Fox chose to ignore this, and basically kept the movie-going public out of the screening. Needless to say, many folks left the theater very unhappy with the whole thing.
July 12, 2000, 2:48 p.m. CST
hey all.. if you check out www.darkhorizons.com theres a NON FANBOY review that agrees with the thrust of what Harry and others have said. Its safe to see this one, boys. Its gonna rule!
July 12, 2000, 2:52 p.m. CST
www.rottentomatoes.com has finally updated their xmen page. Now, if you want to ignore all the AICN reviews listed there, check out some of the others. Its safe to say that this will bee what we've been waiting for!
July 12, 2000, 4:34 p.m. CST
I'm SO happy El Cosmico got to see the movie twice, for free, when hundreds were turned away. I'm sure there were a lot of disappointed children who, excited because they won or got somewhere early enough to get sneak passes, were sent home. Not that anyone really CARES. I've heard that there were anywhere from 175 to 250 people in the theater before they even started admitting the public, and I believe it. I saw a stream of people (connected I assume) just walk in while the regular public had to wait in line for hours only to be turned away. As another poster said, the Fox reps, and theater employees (who are clueless and therefore not as culpable), did nothing to control those getting in early. They did finally hand out movie posters to those who stuck around complaining (I tried to burn mine in protest but it was too windy). In response, I plan to "stick it" to 20th Century Fox. I will not pay to see X-men. In fact, I think it would be better to pay for a ticket to a movie from another studio and sneak in to X-men. That way Fox doesn't get my money, but someone else does. Hey, I might do that for EVERY Fox movie I see from now on. FUCK YOU 20th Century Fox!
July 12, 2000, 5:33 p.m. CST
by The Riot
To anybody who complains about the talkback orders: Take a look at the talkback order. Nobody's doing this on purpose, there's just an error in the sorting. The posts are sorted by time, but the date is ignored. That's why they're out of order, not because somebody wants to save bandwidth to avert flame wars. (duh)
July 12, 2000, 5:35 p.m. CST
by The Riot
Wait. I'm totally wrong. Never mind. (X-Men are cool)
July 12, 2000, 8:36 p.m. CST
I dont know what all you people are talking about there are X-men adds all over TV, Magazines, and hell I saw on USA Today today in the upper right hand corner a little picture of Hugh Jackman, and an artical about him and the movie. And its not like I live in a big comic book market, I live in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Let me tell you there is no I repeat no comic market here, there is one store but it sucks ass. And sure there are kids here who dig comics, but not like where Im from in the North. Plus all that Fucking Pokemon, manga, and Card game shit is taking over the comic book market here and where Im from. Its really sad. Any way YES there are plenty of Ad's for this movie.
July 12, 2000, 11:26 p.m. CST
Congratulations Mr. Singer. You've done the unthinkable. You created a "comic book" movie that works. This movie blows away any other comic adaptation hands down. I absolutely hated all the Batman and Superman movies (Superman II is kind of amusing, I guess). I still have nightmares about how bad the Joker sucked in the first Batman movie. Anyway, this movie gave me chills. I still can't believe Singer pulled this off (although he should thank his lucky stars and garters that he convinced this Hugh guy to give up singing show tunes. What a find he was!) BTW, does anyone else realize how stupid a 5'3 Wolverine would have looked on camera? Oh well, Brian Singer is my hero!
July 13, 2000, 3:40 a.m. CST
by Mike Desert
Saw it last night at an advanced screening here in S.F. I've grew up with the X-Men (stopped reading around 1996), but I was prepared for a "hollywood" version. It didn't matter, it stunk. The film seriously needed some rewrites and re-cutting. I didn't have too many casting complaints. Suprisingly Wolvie was great...Rogue WAS too young, but mainly, she was written as a very weak and frail charactor...the Rogue I knew started off as a bad guy and had the moxy of Flo from the tv show "Alice". Wolverine falls in love with Jean Grey..but it seems like they never siad more than 2 words before that. there are events in the movie that seem like time fillers and lotsa diolog is redundant. The Senator dissapears/is kidnapped...but it doesn't seem like anyone cares. Kitty Pride makes a too brief cameo, and it was interesting seeing the new mutants make very brief appearances...they were out of costume, but you could tell who they were for the most part. The statue of liberty climax was less dramatic than Hitchcoks or even Remo Williams (tho the fight scene with Wolverine and Mystic on the inside was amazing) The movie had a GREAT opening, and I had a smile on my face thinking "this is what Batman SHOULD have been"..but shortly after, I realized that X-Men, tho much cooler looking is probabally a less entertaining film than Batman...especially for the non comic book fan. just one guys opinion, but everyone I went with agreed that it stunk. Hey a friend who had just bought a bunch of Marvel stock had his head in his hands during parts of the film if that's a sign! haha mike desert http://members.aol.com/budgetrock
July 13, 2000, 8:16 a.m. CST
Halle Berry managed to upset the X-fans by saying something along the lines that she had been reduced to taking parts in crappy comic book adaptations because Hollywood just wasn't producing enough parts for black women. Still, I heard an interview with Patrick Stewart the other day and I can only hope that it was recorded before filming coz he didn't seem to know what he was talking about (unless he'd been ordered to keep the plot secret).
July 13, 2000, 11:36 a.m. CST
Just saw the sneak last night. Was expecting it to suck royally. According to friends I tend to be a very hard to please critic. But I was pleasantly surprised! there were plenty of little problems that I could see, like them pushing a little too hard to communicate the characters relationships to the audience, but I think every single problem I saw could have been solved if the movie were an hour longer. It seemed to have to shove a lot of important plot points, jokes, and characters into a very small amount of screentime. Think of how much better it would have been if there had been more detail in all of it, more establishing shots, more time for character introduction, more time given to visually explore the things --like the situation of mutants-- that instead Professor X delivers to us in a rather lengthy expositional monologue (pet peeve of mine). I would like to see a directors cut of this. Granted, it was no Blade Runner (for some reason as I watched the movie I thought that X Men would have benefitted from the occaisional slow pacing/suspenseful subltety of a movie like Blade Runner), and Batman was shot a lot better and had... well, it had more atmosphere. But X Men is worthy of our attention as an action movie with a good plot and good characters - and WOW!!! It didn't rely on big explosions, bouncing boobs, or tom cruise's horse-toothed face to keep the audience interested! Hooray for the people who cared enough to try and make it a REAL movie instead of just another MI2. Peace.
July 13, 2000, 1:04 p.m. CST
...in the novel, it says that Logan has four claws on each hand. In the movie, he's got three. Which makes me question "reviews" where people mention Wolvie's "four claws"...
July 13, 2000, 2:02 p.m. CST
I was lucky enough to see a free advance screening of X-men last night as my brother is a manager at a local theater, and I was presently surprised. As a former comicbook fan and X-men fan (haven't read comics in about six months, or X-men since '96), I always dread the prospect of yet another abominable incarnation onscreen. Yet much praise goes to Bryan Singer and his crew for creating an excellent character-driven movie. Although not perfect, X-men delivers, and fans and neophytes alike should be pleased. There will always be purists who will always nitpick ("Mystique doesn't look like that in the comics"), but one must understand that there is no possible way that comics can translate directly onto the silver screen. Case in point: the uniforms. The comicbook uniforms would look ridiculous onscreen. I fear that newcomers will deride X-Men for it's lack of action, and the "ho-hum" action sequence. While the Matrix is one of my all time fave movies, I feel that it has ruined action movies in a manner because fans will come to expect that kind of kinetic, balletic action sequences. Not every movie needs those type of sequences. The power of X-Men lies in it's character interaction. Again, I admit that I was prepared for a letdown, but the opening scene in which a young Eric Lensharr (Magneto) manifests his powers brought a smile to my face, as did the introduction of Logan (although I always thought Wolverine was overrated and overexposed in the comics- cyclops was always my fave). Hugh Jackman is perfect as Wolverine; casting an unknown in the part was great. My favorite scene is the confrontation between Magneto and Xavier in the train station, in which Xavier has gained control of Sabretooth and Toad. I won't reveal more, but this scene illustrates the essence of X-Men, as well as the essence of these two men, who in a different world, would be the best of friends. Watch this movie, and enjoy it for what it is without nitpicking over continuity or purity. There are far too many X-men fans in the world to please them all. Enjoy this movie for what it is: a well-written, well-paced introductory story to the series.
July 13, 2000, 4:59 p.m. CST
by Droolin' FanBoy
I work as a projectionist at a theatre and this morning I put together and screened a print of X-Men. You know what really sucks about this movie? NOTHING!!!! Yep, it rocks. Kinda on the short side, but its like 6 hours later and Im still jazzed as hell about it. Mark my words: the funniest scene in the movie is Wolverine 'proving' to cyke that he is himself and not Mystique. Bwahaha!!! Run don't walk to the theatre tomorrow my friends, you will NOT be disappointed; Oh and one more thing, I didn't find Storm's part to be too small, she had an okay amount of screen time...not as much as Wolvie but thats to be expected - However her one liner that she delivered during her fight with Toad was rather lame "Do you know what happens to a Toad when it gets struck by lightning? Same thing that happens to everything else..." wha wha what? ok. Anyway, this film definitely stays true to the comics and I look forward to seeing it again and definitely owning the DVD...hope you guys dig it as much as I did... Oh and downright creepy yet cool line - Sabretooth to Storm: "Scream for me..."
July 13, 2000, 5:41 p.m. CST
email Fox at email@example.com and let them know that you want the full treatment like Independence Day got on DVD. The more they know the consumers are watching, the more they'll know to what to include. Some things I suggested in my email to Fox were: For the special features on the movie disc: Theatrical cut & Special Edition all on the same disc. Audio Commentaries by Brian Singer, Tom DeSanto, and Hugh Jackman would be great with them commenting on the various ideas behind shots and locals, as would a secondary Commentary by Michael Fink to descibe what went into the special effects. On the second Special Features disc: the 30 minute Fox Special, "The Mutant Watch" behind the scenes feature, an outtakes reel (possibly including the infamous 'neutering Hugh Jackman' scene), and production sketches/ final film comparisons would round out an exceptional package. Perhaps for a DVD-ROM bonus, the prequel comics could be added in an Adobe Acrobat format or something. Don't forget to mention anamorphic widescreen and the 5.1 channel sound too! ~T-Catchu the Pok
July 13, 2000, 9:21 p.m. CST
by Paul T. Ryan
Fucking wow! This has to be one of the all-time best superhero flicks ever made! And hey, isn't it wonderful that someone FINALLY made a good Marvel comics flick? Cheers. Paul
July 13, 2000, 10:38 p.m. CST
Just wanted you all to know that thanks to Australian cinema release dates we got "The X-Men" on Thursday 13th-AT LEAST 24 hours before the US!!! Having said that I must say I have never been a fan of any of the comics-although it wasn't for lack of friends trying. A pal once(about 12 years ago)literally locked me in a room for three hours and gave me the full history of that bald guy, the wolf/claw man and the rest...ad infintum...ad nauseum...So I approached the film with very little preconceived notions of who should be acting what way to whom and so on! For those in a similar situation let me tell you that you will enjoy this film. It is no "Fight Club" or "Contact" but it does have a strange and elusive depth for those of us who don't know the characters yet will feel like we are watching old friends gather together to make a movie(much like the feeling you get from watching the STAR TREK actors together). The only really unlikeable character is Wolverine who really started to get on my nerves after awhile. I kept hoping that he would get killed, especially after that disgusting incident with the little girl! Let me also tell you that being Australian I can spot an Aussie accent anywhere and in defence of all Americans out there that find our accent irritating-I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!! Let it be put on record that Australians cannot properly pull off a Yankee accent. I heard so many little slips in Jackman's pronunciations(and Anna Paquin who is a Kiwi by the way)that it drove me to distraction. Every time he mis-pronounced a word it further drove it home to me that he was an Aussie-Aussie equals cheap(Home and Away/Blue Heelers/A Country Practice/Neighbours-don't worry if you have not heard of these shows-in fact be happy if you haven't!!!)-therefore the illusion was ruined. It's slightly off subject but Portia DeRossi(we knew her as Mandy Rogers!)puts on this fake Valley Girl accent and we are all supposed to think she grew up in Tarzana! I for one do not like this Aussie invasion of Hollywood. I go to see American films because to me your country represents bigger and better!!! If Mrs Jessup or "the freak Ferguson" is starring at my local Megaplex and I just(unfortunately)saw them the night before investigating the case of old McGinley's missing wombat in a police station replete with cardboard walls-well...let's just say the illusion is ruined. Give me rows of big shiny white teeth, perfectly coiffed hair and lots of people saying "ass"(as opposed to "arse"). Otherwise a not unpleasant way to spend ninety minutes...the TalkDroid has communicated.
July 14, 2000, 4:17 a.m. CST
"Thanks to Fox execs"? Huh? Remember these are the same assholes who cut made extreme budget and production time cuts to make make room for URBAN FREAKING LEGENDS 2!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
July 14, 2000, 8:24 a.m. CST
Having caught the film yesterday (in Australia) I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised, and to me this is already my fave comic book film since Batman Returns (which still reigns supreme to me). Patrick Stewart is the perfect Xavier, McKellan a very strong Magneto, Hugh Jackman is a truly great Wolverine and the coolest character in the film, while the rest of the cast are almost universally classy in their roles (however Halle Berry is kind of flat and doesn't seem to be enjoying herself very much, while Tyler Mane is merely passable). Best things? It has a plot, and for once in a film of this type it works and doesn't come off as corny or contrived! The characters are all nicely rounded out (well, most of them at least), the FX is great, as is the production design, and Singer's direction is superb. My only real complaint, it's too short, and how often do we say that about films these days? However what truly amazes me is just how much plot and action takes place in such a relatively small amount of time, it truly is a breakneck pace to the film and it's never boring, not even for a second, it's just a pity that there wasn't a bit more time to the film so you could soak up the atmosphere and appreciate all of the nuances of this superbly created film universe. All in all while not quite a classic in my book this is still a hugely enjoyable film and I think that everyone, X-Men fanboy and no, are in for a very pleasant surprise indeed. Here's hoping that it does big business at the box office, because for once for this type of film, it *deserves* to.
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