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Moriarty Reviews X-MEN!

Hey, all. "Moriarty" here.

You know that new movie... X-MEN? Saw it. It's pretty cool. It'd make a great comic book.

Let me back up a bit, though. By now, you're all gearing up for opening weekend, and you've had a chance to see the special, and you've been innundated with ads, and you've seen all the reviews showing up here and on every other site around the web, and you've got a pretty good idea of whether or not you're going to go see X-MEN. I had two opportunities to see the film on Thursday night, once on the Fox lot, and again a few hours later when I paid to see it at the Hollywood Galaxy for a midnight screening. I went with two friends to the first showing, and they ended up coming to the second one with me as well. We also brought two new friends with us to the second screening.

As you can probably guess, I didn't just like this film... I loved it. I sat there on the Fox lot as the lights went down, totally baffled as to what I might be seeing. I'd heard the rave from Harry, but other friends of mine had called me, venomous in their hatred of the film. In both cases, good cases were made, and I finally just gave in and decided to go see the film without any expectations or ideas, and I'm so glad I did. From the opening scene to the closing image, Bryan Singer did his job with real panache and style. This guy is first and foremost a smart filmmaker, and that's what distinguishes X-MEN from so many pedestrian films that have come before it. Like John Milius with CONAN or Richard Donner with SUPERMAN or Tim Burton with BATMAN RETURNS, Singer has an overall plan. He's not just telling one story. He's painting in an entire tapestry behind that one story, creating a world that we are going to want to return to again and again if he does the job right. Singer does something that I've been waiting literally my whole life to see. He made a film that makes me believe that superheroes could exist in our world, the one outside my window right now. There are images in this film I've always wanted to see, things that give me endless delight now that they've been realized properly.

You want the short version of the review? Bail out now. You get the gist. You want specifics? I'll give you specifics.

First, let's talk about the most important thing there is when deciding what X-Men story to tell to introduce the team to the world of film... the story itself. It's told confidently, in broad strokes, and there's just enough fine detail to suggest life past the edge of the frame. In every scene, Singer seems to have that one extra detail, the thing that sells it. It's a line of dialogue here ("When they come out, does it hurt?" "Every time.") or a visual flourish (Magneto's executive desk toy without wires) or an action beat (Toad's wicked little move after dropping Storm down the elevator shaft), and it works, time and time again. The movie's rich with things to love. Credit for at least some of that, and maybe much more than just some, has to go to X-producer Tom De Santo. I had an opportunity to talk with him on Oscar night this year, and one of the things I walked away from after that conversation was a sense that he's a fan before he's anything else on this film. He was given that rarest of chances... to actually make the film version of something he loved dearly... and he ran with it. If we believe this world, then that's due in large part to the fact that HE believes in this world, and he was able to help steer Singer's vision. After all the writers who contributed (and who got screwed on their credit, thanks to the valiant efforts of my beloved WGA), I think it's entirely accurate to credit De Santo and Singer with story. They've been focused and smart about how they chose to tell this first chapter in what will, hopefully, be a much larger story. Dropping hints about Wolverine's past without solving the issue in this film will only inspire new fans, people who are just meeting the X-Men for the first time, to seek out some of the comics in order to learn more. If they fall in love, they're going to be impatient for a sequel, and they're going to have to turn to that whole world of material that's already available. A movie steering someone TOWARDS a comic?!? Heresy. Can't happen.

I think the thing people will respond to the most is the way the film draws us into the world. I think they introduce characters in the perfect order, in the perfect manner. Seeing that wrenching opening scene from Poland 1944 sets up the importance of the debate we'll be seeing at the heart of this film. If you don't see that, then it's possible to dismiss all this talk of mutants as silly. But Singer embraces the film's central metaphor, sets it front and center. He doesn't shy away from the possible weight of the material. Indeed, one suspects it's the only reason he agreed to this kind of film in the first place. The film's soul really exists in the scenes involving Magneto. There's the scene from his childhood, then his opening debate with Xavier, a great, subtle, simple exchange from which everything else unfolds. A few times in the film, people make points that really seem to affect Magneto. I love that he calls his group the Brotherhood of Mutants. Not "Evil Mutants," mind you. In his mind, he's not evil. He doesn't mean to kill the Senator. He doesn't know his machine doesn't work. He's just looking to force a lesson of tolerance on the world on a scale they can't ignore. The best little hesitation of his comes when Wolverine growls at him, "You're so full of shit. If you were really righteous, it would be you in there," referring to the machine which is going to kill Rogue when she powers it. Watch Magneto. Watch him try and absorb this and shake it off. He's not a murderer, but he is a revolutionary, and that's just as dangerous. His final scene with Xavier is a beautiful echo to the film's early scenes, and the way these two spar with each other verbally is great fun. I love that he vows to fight the upcoming war "by any means necessary." It's right coming out of his mouth, and it's real. I believe that these men will face off again, and I believe that they both do it for the right reason. That's drama. That's engrossing.

I could talk about casting all day long. Boy, they got it right. Hugh Jackman is absolutely amazing. At the second showing tonight, a friend of mine actually gasped when Jackman made his first post-pit fighting appearance at the bar. I know what he meant, too. It's flabbergasting to watch him move through this film. He is everything Wolverine is supposed to be. He has charisma to burn, and he is a sympathetic, interesting center to the film. If Dougray Scott had played this role, I can't promise this review would read anything like the way it does now. I have hated his work in everything I've seen so far, and after M:I2, I wouldn't trust Scott to act like he was falling if I pushed him off a building. With Jackman, he will always be Wolverine first to me. There may come a time when he regrets that, but anyone who can give a performance this commanding doesn't need to worry about being typecast. For now, he simply IS Logan, Weapon X, Wolverine. He's the baddest motherfucker I've seen in a film this year, and I'd love to see him make quick work of Neo from THE MATRIX or Ethan Hunt from M:I2. They'd be doing some ballet-type kung fu moves and SNIKT! It's over. Giving him an opponent like Sabertooth or Mystique allows him to really use the claws as weapons. He certainly doesn't hold back, stabbing people on a number of occasions. The film has a hard edge, and they aren't afraid to show you the effect of violence. At the same time, it's not interested in offending or isolating the younger audiences. Singer walks a fine line, and I think the tone he strikes with the action is just right. It's thrilling, it's fast, and I think anyone who complains about that hallucinatory Mystique/Wolverine fight or that wicked opening sequence with Sabertooth should be smacked. The rest of the central figures in the film are equally well-cast, with James Marsden as Cyclops and Famke "I Must Marry Moriarty Immediately" Janssen as Jean Grey standing out for me in particular. It was their chemistry, the way Wolverine affected their chemistry, and the particular business with each of them that really made them work for me. In particular, I think Janssen does great work here. What should be a dry role that does nothing but offer up exposition is instead given nuance and edge and heart through the most subtle of gestures and looks and delivery. She feels like a person, not just a place marker. Each of the cast members do, even Halle Berry, who probably has the slightest role of any of the main heroes. She's saddled with the single worst line of dialogue in the movie during her fight with Toad, but that's just the luck of the draw. Still, she's suitably stunning and there is one image (you know the one... in the elevator shaft) that is truly iconic.

You know you're in love with a movie when you can sit back, hours after it's over, just playing moments in your head and smiling about them. This film is loaded. Both times I saw the film tonight, the audience was with it, laughing in the right places, applauding in the right places, cheering at the end. I will probably have to see it again just to replay the things I love... Wolverine going through the windshield, Cyclops and Storm just appearing out of focus behind Sabertooth, Toad's eyes through his goggles, the entire scene at the bus station, Xavier giving Wolverine the tour of the school... and on and on and on.

I mean, I'm trying to be cool about this and maintain some sense of critical composure, but... but damn it, I've been waiting for a great Marvel movie since I was a kid. I gave up hope years ago. I truly never thought that tonight would come. THEY DID IT, I TELL YOU!! THEY GOT IT RIGHT!!

Do I have problems with the film? Is there a sober note to balance this unbridled enthusiasm?


I hope this movie makes a mint. I hope we see a string of sequels with De Santo and Singer at the reigns. I hope Hugh Jackman becomes a monster star. I hope that Mark Steven Johnson and *shudder* Raja Gosnell and all the other guys who are about to start playing with other Marvel franchises all find themselves inspired and set free. These movies can be made. The curse is broken. The drought is over. The evolution has begun.

"Moriarty" out.

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  • July 14, 2000, 8:56 a.m. CST

    Aww yeah.

    by JavaDevil

    Sounds good to me, baby! BTW, to the fags who like to say "First!", fuck you.

  • July 14, 2000, 9:11 a.m. CST

    This movie better be good

    by GravyAkira

    If it sucks, I will destroy AICN.

  • July 14, 2000, 9:14 a.m. CST

    I see it tonight...

    by Jobriga2

    ...and the X-Harry animation is badass!!!!!!!

  • July 14, 2000, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Ebert's X-Men review

    by JavaDevil

    He gave it **1/2. Not that that's surprising since he's never been a fan of Singer's films.

  • July 14, 2000, 9:21 a.m. CST

    woo hoo

    by JLF175

    Why oh why I coudln't find a midnight showing in Dallas I'll never know. What a letdown. I've noticed that people are becoming more positive about Halle Berry's performance. Before people said it was crap and now they are actually less upset. Perhaps the sum of the entire brings up all the performances in "the big picture" of it all. No telling. Of course, having Berry in leather, Romijin-Stamos in something slinky and some cool f/x are pluses to what I understand is a pretty tight plot. What's important is that the movie is getting good reviews (the worse I've read so far is from Ebert on and even that one isn't too bad. Going to see it Saturday. Can't wait.

  • July 14, 2000, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Manc Rumblings

    by reni

    Moriarty hold fire, Dougray Scott is a good actor saddled with making bad American Blockbusters. Watch Twin Town. He's great in that and I'll bet you this was the role they had in mind when they were trying to cast him as Logan. Don't write him off because he's no good in MI2, Deep Impact and fucking Cinderella. I know you're excited but don't hate Dougray man. After all you never know when I might have Famke's phone number in Amsterdam.

  • July 14, 2000, 9:29 a.m. CST

    JavaDevil / Ebert

    by Bob X

    I don't know what's up with Ebert lately. First he didn't like Fight Club then Gladiator and now this. Maybe he just dislikes geek movies after everyone ripped on him for liking Dark City. *sigh*

  • July 14, 2000, 9:55 a.m. CST

    X-Men delivers...


    I was lucky enough to see an advanced screening of X-Men on Wednesday night, and I saw it again last night. I can honestly say that this movie delivers. As a former comic book fan, I admit I approached the movie with trepidation as Hollywood always seems to screw up comic book movies (can we say Batman and Robin?)but X-Men does the comic justice. The first time I watched it, I kept waiting for it to suck, and my enthusiam was slightly dampened because of that. When the film was over, and I realized that it didn't suck, I was overjoyed. I was able to enjoy it much more the second time around, as I no longer had that yoke around my neck. The opening scene in which a young Eric Lensharr (Magneto) manifests his powers brought a smile to my face, as I fondly remembered my childhood days of reading comics under my favorite tree. My favorite scene is the confrontation between Prof. Xavier and Magneto at the train station; this scene illustrates the essenc eof the film, as well as the relationship between these two men, who under different circumstances, would be the best of friends. I agree with the AICNers that Hugh Jackman makes a perfect Wolverine (although I never did like Wolvie too much in the comics; he was always overrrated and overexposed) and the rest of the cast is perfect as well (although I would have gone with Angela Basset over Halle Berry; but unfortunately, Storm's part is so small that the casting choice doesn't matter. While some comic book purists may be disappointed ("Wolverine's not that tall!" or "Mystique doesn't look like that!") the fact of the matter is that there are too many fans out there to please everyone, and that comic books are a medium that aren't easily translated onto the silver screen. I'm gonna watch X-men again tonite, and wait for a sequel. Rest easy fans; there is finally a good Marvel comic movie.

  • July 14, 2000, 10:17 a.m. CST

    just one more test....

    by grammarcop

    i'm psyched about the positive feedback! however, just as a final measure, can someone who despised Menace (as I did) give me the lowdown on XMen?

  • July 14, 2000, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Dead-on Review!

    by Hellboy

    Saw this movie last night at the big midnight showing (yeah, I know...geek overdrive). You know how long I've been waiting for an X-Men movie? 17 years. And probably not as long as some folks. When I started reading X-Men, I fell in love with comic books. And THEY GOT IT RIGHT. THEY GOT IT RIGHT people. Go see it. Your fanboy prayers have been answered.

  • July 14, 2000, 10:30 a.m. CST

    saw it last night

    by SkyKing76

    GO..GO NOW! This movie kicks ass and Wolverine was cast perfectly! Mystique is hot and she can morph with me anyday! Classic line in movie for those who have seen it, Wolverine (to Cyclops): You're a dick. KING OUT!

  • July 14, 2000, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Newcomer to AICN agreeing with Moriarti

    by Siski

    Hello all. I will be spending my first post ever to AICN agreeing with Moriarti on one particular item. I am a female enjaged to a gentleman (you know him here as ThePete), who went to a midnight showing last night of X-men. Previously, all I knew of the comic and its characters were images remember'd from the cartoon from the 80's and from moments in which my fiance would regale me with stories and characters that he is particularly fond of. Most of the time, I would sit back, enjoy the stories (which were very interesting) and smile as I watched the excitement glint in his eyes as he told them. Now, having seen the X-men movie, I can honestly agree with Moriarti that this is one movie that actually will "convert" or certainly cause interest of the original comics and storylines in people previously unaware of X-men. I happen to be one of them. As soon as we got home, I asked my fiance that if he had any particular comics that he loved of the X-men, that I would be interested in reading them. His "oh, ok!" seemed puzzled yet enthusiastic. If anything, this movie creates a really nice environment for future films and characters. Evil guys bite it but don't necessarily get killed off for no good reason, and Xavier's School for the Gifted holds an incredible pool of characters emerging into mutanthood to choose from for the next sequel or so. This is one of the FIRST movies where I am actually ROOTING for a sequel to be made, and this right after emerging from the theater. ThePete has told me about Beast, Angel, and Phoenix, and now I am interested in seeing them made flesh next time on the big screen. I'm going to work now, and because it's dress down Friday, I am going to wear my Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters t-shirt recieved at the opening. Thy, perhaps, newly converted fan, Siski.

  • July 14, 2000, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Lucas, take note!

    by KingMenthol

    DeSanto's vision is brought to life by Singer's eye! How much better can it get? I listened to a review from an *actual* critic this morning on NPR, and he gave it a big thumbs up for the summer blockbuster. I haven't heard *ANY* reviews that have said it is a bad movie, and most of them say it's a fantastic one. Moriarty: great review. I like how you began with a straight, newspaper tone, and just lost it at the end with your the fanboy shortcomings you share with us. I assume it's the elation that this is the kind of thing we've been waiting for. And is it *possible* to say that what drives the movie is the SCRIPT?!?! Not necessarily the plot, but the actual screenplay? Lucas, you can fly a camera all around the room, but if the script ain't there, you shouldn't be in the chair, bub. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THIS ONE!!! WAY TO GO, SINGER! PS-Hugh Jackman for Best Actor, anyone?

  • July 14, 2000, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Come on baby, give me more!!!!

    by Darthsexy

    Yes!!! Yess!!!!! Yessss!!!! I knew it wouldn't suck from the first trailor. I wasn't a naysayer.. I knew that hollywood had learned their lessons from the campy (Batman) flicks...of old. Singer is the man. God love him for staying so true to the source material. I began reading the comic when I was like 8 or 9 and now I'm 26.. so I've been waiting like 16-17 years for something like this. I'm thankful that they waited until now to bring this to the movies. We now have the technology to pull off a film like this. Man I'm so excited about this film I can't believe it. Saw it at the midnight showing with all the other X-fanatics...Thursday night... what a rush. Hugh Jackman is Wolverine. The people that have been complaining have nothing to say. I respect this guy for going through cold showers, to find Wolverine's berserker mode, to his attention to detail in every way. What a champ... what an actor, to really embrace this part and put 110% into doing his job. Picard/Stewart, nuff said... Cyclops, Jean... perfect....the banter... perfect....the villians were even pretty good... I can't wait for the sequel and I know that this movie will make a mint!!!!! It has to! -Love Darthsexy( a satified movie goer)

  • July 14, 2000, 10:54 a.m. CST

    that "wicked little move"

    by Skywise

    the move that Toad did after dropping Storm into the Elevator shaft was the famous Darth Maul move he did with his light sabre that showed up in all the Star Wars trailers.

  • July 14, 2000, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Magneto is definately the second most interesting character in X

    by darius25

    Beside Wolverine, of course. Actually I never really thought that Magnus was evil. Yes he does wrong things - but he has a goal. He's looking out for all of the mutants, nothing more. He wants to punish the humans because of all the hate and prejudice that they exacted over the mutants. In doing so, he does bad things, but for a good reason. He is definately NOT evil. I also love the fact that despite being adversaries, Magnus and Charles are good friends. That makes Magneto above all other bad guys (even Kingpin).

  • July 14, 2000, 11:35 a.m. CST

    by samson shillitoe

    I saw the movie Wednesday night and so far Moriarty's is closest to how I feel about it, but also check out this review at Salon - also well-written and positive:

  • July 14, 2000, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Lowdown on X-Men

    by TMTCSurge

    I caught X-Men this morning at the midnight showing. You should know this: I've been waiting for this movie for a long time and having seen The Usual Suspects and Apt Pupil, I knew that even if it sucked horribly, it would be somewhat good. Well, it didn't suck at all and it f'n rocked! Now, there are those usual complaints about lack of character development that plague action movies but come on: it's an action movie. Cut it some slack. There are a few bits of dialogue that I could have done without but Wolvie's one-liners made it all worth it. And what I really love about the flick is that it doesn't cater exclusively to the fanboys. There are a little things here and there ("Hi, my name's Bobby," "What would you prefer, yellow spandex?") but it's not engrossed in it. Watch this movie. If nothing else, it's FUN!

  • July 14, 2000, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Grammarcop -

    by Fleshworld

    I HATED Phantom Menace, and saw X-Men last night at the midnight premiere in Boston. It KICKS ASS. I'd give it 9 out of 10 (with a few extra brief scenes spliced in, I'd say it could be an 11). I'm reading some really dumb reviews on EW and that mis-represent the film as being dumbly good guys/bad guys and other simplifications. The movie could have used a little more depth, but it's still fantastic. I'm not a special-effects geek, they don't impress much anymore (hence, TPM had truly nothing for me), but X-Men is both a big loud Summer Event Blockbuster Flick AND a smart movie. Go figure. Bryan Singer frikkin' pulled it off. Oh, and even though I mention I'd like to have seen some more scenes, don't worry about the film being short. When people mentioned it was like 90 minutes, I freaked, but it's not quite that short, and more importantly, there is a fast pace, with many scenes packing in a lot of story; and yet... Singer still found a way to have some slow, mood-setting scenes. Pretty remarkable film. I'm seeing it again tonight, and I haven't seen a film on the big screen twice in, well, years.

  • July 14, 2000, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by SkyKing76

    Go see the movie before you start talking shit. Once you see it, if you don't like it, then by all means coem back in here and fire with both barrels. Until then, go check the movie out!

  • July 14, 2000, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Was I the only one who HATED IT?

    by Mike Desert

    I didn't hate it for obvious reasons, Wolverine looked great, I enjoyed the cast (Sabertooth was a dull charactor and Rogue was too young and WIMPY for my tastes- where's the smart ass southern girl we know and love?), the effects and scenery were top notch. The opening scene was real cool, dark and depressing (in a good way). Where did I think it went wrong? The script and the editing. Maybe by making the movie 95 minutes they had to cut out a lot of plot and charactor development, but in this version it seems things get rushed, and several scenes are just cut too quickly. There were a few corny elements...When Xavier got into Wolvies head, when Jean Gray tried on cerebus. It seems there is one tragedy after the other with things getting resolved too quickly and it was distracting to me. I think if they had made the film slightly longer, recut it, edited out some of Xaviers redundant dialog, and had gotten rid of lines like "Do you know what lightning does to a toad?...the same thing it does to everyone else!" they might have had a much better movie. Mike Desert

  • July 14, 2000, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Stupid reviewers need a life

    by Acappellaman

    The Chicago Tibune reviewer, Michael Wilmington, gave X-Men *1/2. Dick. He had absolutely nothing good to say about the movie. I've heard nothing but positive reviews from any "normal" people out there. I think high profile reviewers go on a power trip when writing reviews for movies like this. They feel this moronic need to belittle the movie because it's more concerned with entertainment than trying to win an Oscar. His review convinced me that I'll love X-Men. Can't wait to see it! siz and a half hours to go! Woo Hoo!

  • July 14, 2000, 2:34 p.m. CST

    i love contradictions...

    by halloweenie

    ...there were about 90% of you people who said things like "this'll skip theatres and head strait to the video shelves" and "this'll suck". Really, i couldn't keep count with how many of you thought this would suck, and suddenly, it's out, has great reviews, and most of you have been contradicted (as in most of you were WRONG!). From about 90% down to maybe one or two people not liking this movie for whatever pisss-poor reasons they have, this film must be good, and i plan on seeing it multiple times this weekend. I love contradictions.

  • July 14, 2000, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Is this must see?

    by Devils Halo

    I'm not in a rush to see it... but I will eventually. I'm still wary. Things I've seen and heard so far still seem.. uncomforatble. C'mon, Logan as a pit-fighter? That's like fighting Arnold's Terminator. With that adamantium-laced skeleton, he could kill people just by punching them. And Moriarty says he 'stabs' people? I want to see 'slashes', like he does on the shot gun. And claws that pop between his knuckles? That doesn't make sense, the top of his hand I can believe, but to pop claws through your meta-carpal bones each time you pop them just seems painful. And if this does, as you say, send new fans back to the source material and that it has been the only movie to do so, you might rethink that as another Fox X movie did the same. X-Files resolved nothing and was a commercial for the television show.

  • July 14, 2000, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Moriarity you hit the nail on the head

    by swavill

    Excellent review excellent movie.I couldn't catch a sneak preview but I got off work early and caught the 2:00 PM show.The theater was packed even then. The audience loved it. They really seemed to get into the movie. Seeing these characters alive on the screen after so many years of reading the comic is just fantastic.I started collecting Marvel comics in 1966. I was 6. I grew up with many of these characters.Literally. After having seen the abortions that have passed for comic book movies in the past I had almost given up hope of seeing a good one Superman 1&2 and the first 2 Batman movies were pretty good but nothing like this. I was worried about Storm from everything I had read but when she rose up out of the elevator shaft and kicked Toad's ass everything was right with the world. Once again EXCELLENT MOVIE.I hope it makes 300 million and we get 20 sequels and all the other comic book movies that comics fans have waited for forever. SWAVILL LORD OF CHAOS

  • July 14, 2000, 6:23 p.m. CST

    saw x-men today

    by biggs_69

    it was really good. GO SEE IT NOWWWWWWW.

  • Yeah, if you read the Ebert review, it wasn't that he hated it... it was that he was waiting for more. He even says in the review (and I quote), " I started out liking this movie, while waiting for something really interesting to happen. When nothing did, I still didn't dislike it; I assume the X-Men will further develop their personalities if there is a sequel, and maybe find time to get involved in a story. No doubt fans of the comics will understand subtle allusions and fine points of behavior; they should linger in the lobby after each screening to answer questions." So, that's that. I loved this film!!!! I loved that it didn't revolve around the action sequences. The action revovled around the story. I LOVED how most of the film was an introduction to the characters and to Xavier's school! I LOVED Jackman as Wolverine (but I didn't hear him say "bub")! I LOVED the whole cast! My ONLY problems? Needed to be longer (can't wait for the DVD), fights scenes needed to be a LITTLE more dynamic, Wolverine's claws need to be a little shinier... YOU SEE, THIS IS THE ONLY STUPID SHIT THAT I CAN COME UP WITH!!!! Great job Singer... this could be the most inventive franchise (both for comic fan, fanboys, and the general public) to hit since, heel I dont even know

  • July 14, 2000, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by moto

    They need to bring back SINGER for ALL of the sequels (ala Donner for Lethal Weapons), keep ALL of the characters! Bring in only a FEW new ones each film.... not too many! They need to increase the budget to $110 million... regardless of waht most here will say... you don't need to spend $200 million on these films. They need to have a more impactful score... something that will give us an X-MEN theme (ala SUPERMAN). They need to stick to the characters... and have their story revolve around the action, not vica versa. They need to go another step and make it more epic (which will be done with a new budget). They need to make the film at least 2 hours! The only thing I fear is that if it is successful, the suits will say, "It succeeded BECAUSE it was shorter"... that's something they would think. Idiots. Other than that... NOTHING. If you hated this film... it was probably due to the lack of length. For those who say, "There wasn't enough character development", you don't know what that is then. You will NEVER be happy... not yelling, just an observation. After seeing the general public's reaction to the film in theaters.. I think X-MEN will open up at $35-45 million.... and end up with around $160 million. Unless the general public goes back again and again... we may see more $$. More $$$ means MORE sequels!!! This is the ONLY time I have EVER REALLY felt the need for a sequel. The ONLY time I've ever wanted a film to succeed... so I can see more! I loved MATRIX... but I don't NEED to see a sequel to that like I do to X-MEN.

  • July 14, 2000, 7:07 p.m. CST

    X-Men, Ebert, and a proposal

    by IAmTheWalrus

    Just got back from seeing it this second, and I loved it also. Reading Ebert's review, you can tell that he never liked the comics in the first place. He always said how comic books "filled his imagination" and "took him away from reality". Maybe X-Men is just too down to earth for him. Or maybe he just has a thing against Brian Singer. Anyway, I'm losing respect very fast for press critics. *SPOILER**DON'T READ ON UNLESS YOU'VE SEEN THE FILM* I can almost see right where the next film will lead to: At the end Wolvie sets out to find the people who gave him the adimantium. Well, next issue I soppose he finds the place... with a shiteload of Sentinals! OK maybe I'm jumping to conclusions but Brian said he wanted to use Sentinals and Beast in the next one (if he does the next one), and it sorta makes sense. And scientist Hank McCoy would be working there, see? It sorta comes together. The person who gave him the adimantium, will be the one making the Sentinals, and Hank McCoy fearing his life would join the X-Men, while Magneto escapes from prison, regroups the Brotherhood, and a three way battle is on! Oooooo, the possibilities make me quiver in delight.

  • July 14, 2000, 8:59 p.m. CST

    As far as Ebert goes

    by SethShandor

    While (the late)Siskel and Ebert were/are the only critics I ever respected, not always agreed with but respected, as far as Roger's review of X-men, try to remember, he liked the god awful Spawn. And Cop and a half for that matter. He gave Blade the same type of review X-men did, kind of a "it was okay, fair and middling" thing. As more being shocked by his reviews.... M:I 2 a thumbs up?!?!? That was easily one of the worst movies I've ever seen. And if you read his review, he doesn't seem real thrilled about it either. But he gives it a good review anyway, kinda of resigning himself to that this is what bondish/action movies are gonna be from now on. God I hope not!!! I miss Gene, I think he kept Roger more on the ball and honest, and visa versa.

  • July 14, 2000, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Ohhh yeah, I agree Moriarty, X-Men RULES!

    by Zone Zero

    I mean, if they wanted a guarantee for a sequel, CONGRATULATIONS FANBOYS, you got it! Ohhh, I need to see this movie again. And no, I'm no magic throwin' fairy in a sailor suit, I'm a 100% mutant wearing a sailorsuit, and that's the bottom line, cuz I said so! *SNIKT!* Oh shoot, ripped my dress... Excuse me.. -_-;

  • July 14, 2000, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Thank god (stan lee)

    by anime_guy

    I did not it did not suck. I will confess when I saw those first pictures Harry got I thout is was going suck like few things sucked beforse. Lets face it that picture of wolverine was god awfull (it looks no where that bad in the moive). I mean love this movie it kicked ass. It worked it realy worked. And yes mike you are the only one who didn't like it. Why rouge is such a wuss well it's the new mutant wolvirens side kick part that Jubilee plays (and beofre that shadowcat who is in the movie very small part) why was it rouge well she is a popular X-man and her power works in the plot. The only problem i had was the costems (that just dosn't look rite for wolvie). I hope in the next movie they should use something like the patch castume (how many of you know what i am talking about, would't be that hard realy). I loved the claws that was so cool when they first come out they looked so ccccoooolllllll. GO see again I will

  • July 14, 2000, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Thank god (stan lee)

    by anime_guy

    I did not it did not suck. I will confess when I saw those first pictures Harry got I thout is was going suck like few things sucked beforse. Lets face it that picture of wolverine was god awfull (it looks no where that bad in the moive). I mean love this movie it kicked ass. It worked it realy worked. And yes mike you are the only one who didn't like it. Why rouge is such a wuss well it's the new mutant wolvirens side kick part that Jubilee plays (and beofre that shadowcat who is in the movie very small part) why was it rouge well she is a popular X-man and her power works in the plot. The only problem i had was the costems (that just dosn't look rite for wolvie). I hope in the next movie they should use something like the patch castume (how many of you know what i am talking about, would't be that hard realy). I loved the claws that was so cool when they first come out they looked so ccccoooolllllll. GO see again I will

  • July 14, 2000, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Ray Park

    by ldespot

    *****SPOILER kinda***** Did anyone else notice the Star Wars Episode 1 scene that Ray Park did? Right after he throw Storm down the elevator shaft, he gets a pipe and does a very Darth Maul-esque moce with it. If you go see it again (or for the first time) check it out and let me know if I am just reading too much into it.

  • July 14, 2000, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Liked, loved and laughed at the plot holes...good fun anyway.

    by Syd Mead

    I just had to say after one viewing was that yes, it was "suck free" which made me like it. I LOVED the fact that they made Logan's introduction set in the frosty fresh air of Alberta, Canada. No Wolfie didn't come from Alaska !! They even had Canada's devalued dollar on screen to make it real. I loved ALL the little details...the mutant students playing basketball, it was all nicely done. My only bitch was the senetor and the whole congress against the mutants thing could have been done better. The senetor even says "what the rest of the world does with the mutants is their problem." SO why not have a more fleshed out world issue against the mutants?! WHY!?!? Because if the U.S. government cracked down on mutants, the mutants population would just move to the hundred of other countries who don't give a fuck. I wanted to see a world coallition against the mutants. A well armed UN forces at the ready to fence them in. (yes, that could be a joke in it's self) I know having a tight story is the last thing you expect from a comic based film but the producers were heading in that direction to make it real, why not go the extra step? --Syd.

  • July 14, 2000, 11:28 p.m. CST

    I agree with Mike Dessert

    by Zero Cool

    This movie was good but it needed more. The scenes seemed to just rush by. And I din't like when Cyclops and Wolverine would kind of have friendly bickering. I thought they hated each other. Other than that it was cool and I can guarantee you I'll see it again.

  • July 14, 2000, 11:39 p.m. CST

    man i wish i had brian singer's email address

    by Reverendz

    or physical address. i'd love to give him (and all the cast and crew of X-Men) a good hearty pat on the back. They deserve it. I mean, look at what they had to work with: a moderate budget (for an action film) a seriously cramped time schedule, several script rewrites. and they still made an excellent, fun as elvis in hell film! I really enjoyed it (no tell us what you really think. My only problem with the movie is that it ended! And now I have to go see it again and again ad infinitum....

  • July 14, 2000, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Background students

    by Brahma

    I saw X-Men today(best flick so far this year IMHO) and I really dug the school scenes with the other students. I recognized Iceman(credited as Bobby) and Shadowcat(Kitty) (and maybe Nightcrawler, if he was the teleporting kid playing basketball). But in addition to them, Jubilee was in the credits but I don't remember seein her. I'll probably go see it again tommorrow night, so if anyone could give me an idea of who to look for(or any other mutant students I missed) I'd appreciate it.

  • Okay, Mike, you don't get it do you? Rogue was PERFECT say it with me PERFECT, this is just like early Rogue, before she gained super strength and the ability to fly from absorbing Marvel Girl's was it? powers. She feels completely shunned and at the end of the movie, you just start to see her blossom into the "Southern Bell we all know and Love". I'm just here to tell you that it seems that you are educated off the T.V. show not the comic, which is not bad, but I think you need to know a little more about Rogues past. I really liked the movie, and the villian I want to see the most is Apocalypse! Him or Mr.Sinister, both of them are tight.!!!!!!!!

  • July 15, 2000, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Moriarty said it all, so alls i have to say is..........

    by McKenzieFrenzy

    not since that beautiful day when i was on a beach experiencing my first sexual gratification from the hands of an experienced older woman have i felt this much satisfaction. This movie will be remembered. I do however whish they had got a decent composer on board and produced a memorable "X Men theme", as one of the talkbackers mentioned, but aside from that the film was as close to flawless as we freaks and geeks could ever hope for. One last thing, did anyone else find the opening titles to be reminisant of another movie you might have seen called "fight club", or is it just me? Ok i'm going now, my departing thought is on the dvd release of this movie, and the hope that they have it packed full of x-treamly x-celant goodies.

  • July 15, 2000, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Loved this flik and here what I want with the sequels.

    by Thing

    I went to see this movie with about 15 friends. We all loved it and after the movie we all started talking and one thing we all agreed on is that instead of a direct sequel what they should do is a Wolverine flick. It would start up where X-Men left us and tell us the story about Logan finding out about his past. They could also explore is relation with Sabertooth wich they didn't do at all in X-Men. Speaking of Sabertooth they never said anything in this flick about him also having healing powers, but all of us hard core fans knows that he didn't die in the end of that flick =) So here's my two cents. Do a Wolverine flick and then do a X-Men II with or without Logan it doesn't matter but please give Logan his own flick.

  • July 15, 2000, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Movie Reviewers

    by Desdicardo

    After reading several reviews online, I've come to this conclusion. The large papers with the critics that have even larger egos gave X-Men an average rating of 2.5/5. Everyone else in the world gave it an average rating of 4/5. Hmmmm....interesting.

  • July 15, 2000, 12:28 a.m. CST

    Message for Moriarty

    by Dwarfking

    Moriarty, please write more reviews! They are insiteful, intelligent and I like your tastes. There are few opinions that I agree with, you very often get it right =) thanks!

  • July 15, 2000, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Expectations exceeded

    by 1732

    9/10 I'm not a huge X-Men fan. I've never read a comic book featuring the X-Men. I watched the animated series a few times and enjoyed. My expectations was moderate going in. When i came out, my expectations were succeeded. When i watch other movies my eyes wander off, sometimes i glance off the screen. But during this movie i kept my eyes on the screen the whole time. I was truly drawn into the movie, and when that happens its a great feeling. So many things to rave about, but just go see the movie and find out whats so great about it. I hate wasting 9 bucks on a movie, but when i came out, i felt like i should be tipping the movie theatre another dollar.

  • July 15, 2000, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Best movie of the summer?

    by weapon_apexx

    Man, I don't even know where to begin. This movie kicked my ass. It kicked my friend's ass and he isn't even a comic book junkie like me. It kicked this random guy's ass behind me, whom I heard whisper "this movie is awesome". It kicked the whole audience's asses, most of whom clapped when the movie was over. There were black people, white people, yellow people, young people, old people, handicapped people in the theater, and it was a great feeling to know that this movie kicked their asses I'm going to go see it again Sunday with one of my friends who couldn't go tonight, cause I wanna see how he act's when this movie kicks HIS ass. Fuck the critics. This is great entertainment. Can't wait to see the Sentinels and Hank McCoy, and hopefully some international mutants like Colossus and Nightcrawler in a couple of summers. X-Men was not only a great comic adaptation, is was a smart and eye catching movie. The most fun I've had this summer. By the way, did I mention it KICKS ASS?!

  • July 15, 2000, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Mike Dessert, Dark Halo

    by Coopcooper

    or whatever your names were. I thought your gripes were pretty funny. So Halo, you can believe non-existing adamantium metal claws coming out from the top of a mutant with rapid healing abilities hands but not through is knuckles? Yah, that's just FAKE. Have you seen the movie (sorry, i wasn't paying enough attention to what you wrote to catch it)? But most of the stuff you brought up was dealt with in the film. And Dessert, you didn't like Rogue? I kinda liked how the movie dealt with how it would be to not be able to touch anyone else with your bare skin. That would really suck. That is a tragic power. I mean, i guess it may not resonate with the average fanboy who is used to never touching someone else with their bare skin, but to those who have missing out on intimacy would really be a drag. I thought they handled her very well. I thought the movie was great and easily the best superhero movie ever made (even superman, its amazing the movie holds up as good as it does considering how 70s it is; and batman too). The PG-13 movie took away from some of the brutality that we expect from Wolverine, but it was good enough for me. The touched upon all of the important things. I especially loved the referance to Logan's past in WWII. The cigar smoke, the attitude towards Scott, the banter with Jean Grey were all perfect. I would like to see what they cut, get more from it, but what was there stands alone. Plus, the costumes are cooler than any ever in the comics. They even look better than the old uniforms in their comic renditions. that's it.

  • July 15, 2000, 2 a.m. CST

    Devil's Halo mistaken

    by Tesarta

    In the comics, generally speaking, Wolverine's adamantium claws come out of his knuckles (sometimes an artist screws up for a run). And yes, it *is* painful, pointed out both in the comics and in the film. The point is that the adamantium isn't part of his bone structure - it's grafted on, just as the claws are. So they come out along the lines of pre-existing bone - thus through the palm-finger knuckles.

  • July 15, 2000, 2:03 a.m. CST

    9.5 out of 10

    by TrimMode

    What else could be said here? Aside from a few minor annoyances, this was the best comic-book adaptation since Richard Donner's SUPERMAN. As I had hoped, Bryan Singer has brought his values to the X-MEN and succeeded where many a lesser filmmaker would have failed. Much of the advance word I heard from friends in the industry was less than hopeful ("Singer's in over his head"). But, for me, anytime a big Hollywood studio is distraught over a director's vision, I get excited, especially if that director has Singer's track record. It's always refreshing to see a film made by someone passionate about movies. Hats of to Singer and the producing team. They have saved the X-MEN from the Hollywood bean-counters.

  • July 15, 2000, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by DrunkenMoNk

    Way unexpected... after watching all the previews... all the hype... and looking at the fake white hair... damn... This movie ROCKED... Wolverine is the man... and even Cyclops' gayness showed through... this movie was way more then I expected... I hope theres an even better sequal... G'night =)

  • July 15, 2000, 3:29 a.m. CST

    What the hell are you badmouthing Conan for??

    by Ogami

    Conan is one great movie dammit! If this kiddie flick is even 1/100th of Conan it wil be good, but c'mon. What do you rather see: Conan with a huge sword going at it or some mutant in flashy colors?

  • July 15, 2000, 4:12 a.m. CST

    Mikey Desert and his dry ass critique...

    by RQTECK

    This movie gave me an adrenaline rush due to witnessing the manifestation of some of my favorite Marvel characters. Yes i wish the movie was longer although that is what drugs are suppose to do. Let's face it, by now we all need to be in rehab. i must confess at the beginning my nipples got hard from viewing wolverines "kiss my ass, Bub" persona, but when storm and cyclops materialized in the background and seeing storm's eyes glow in the distance with electrical intensity i got real excited cause i wasn't reading the comic this time! this movie paced so well that even x-men rookies in the theatre, young and old, were like dayummm these mutants are not F'ing around. i saw people who did not leave confused. Mystique and Wolverine set the profound edge in the movie that got the audience really going. it is funny how these new X viewers didn't complain at all except they want to see more cause they got hooked too. i don't it me or is it that homo sapiens have evolved to the next level where they do not need cinematic flash cards to slow down an acceptable timely edited flick like the X men....or maybe its just mike desert who needs a writer from hooked on phonics to produce the film cause he can't keep up with the tempo. Brother, get some dancin lessons; i am outta here!!!

  • July 15, 2000, 7:31 a.m. CST

    I spy Stan Lee and Colossus

    by Xandepew

    Was that Colossus in non armor form drawing as he was sitting by a pool or pond during the tour of the school? And that was Stan Lee on the beach when Sen. Kelly escapes, wasn't it?

  • July 15, 2000, 7:39 a.m. CST

    The Greatest and Best Comic adaptation ever!!!!!

    by Tagger

    Finally a comic book movie that looked real!! I just loved this movie from start to end. This movie was a mature, thoughtfull story which did not overuse special effects. When I was much younger and I first read X-men I loved the realism of the story and the depth of the characters. Who will love this movie?? any serious X-man fan will love this movie as will anyone who enjoys a fast paced movie. Who will hate it?? anal retentive geeks who need special effects every 5 minutes and spandex to keep their attention and those who actually believe that Shakespare in Love deserved an Oscar. That said I saw this movie friday and I am seeing it atleast one more time this week!!!!!!!!

  • July 15, 2000, 8:30 a.m. CST

    X-Men Movie Rocks!

    by D-Man

    This is the comic book movie adaptation we've all been waiting for--and it kicks ass! I went with people who had very little knowledge of the X-Men aside from the fact that it was a comic book and they loved it too. Man, I wish they had given Singer his six additional months and the Christmas release date. Think of the possibilities. Go see this movie. You will not regret it. You will love it! Can't wait until the next one!

  • July 15, 2000, 9:21 a.m. CST

    Listen up, Naysayers: This movie works!

    by Lance Rock

    You cannot in your right mind say that it "sucks". I had problems with it, mainly the choice of supporting villains and the generic music score, but overall it works great. It's one of the very few movies I'll see twice at the theater.

  • July 15, 2000, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Amazing Larry/Devil's Halo & the X-men (minor spoilers)

    by br1mst0n3

    First off Amazing Larry, you are waaaay off the mark with the complaints and whacked out predictions. First stan lee said that not only 1 but 2 sequels are a done deal! Second, the actors in this movie have signed on to do AT LEAST one sequel. Lastly, third, this movie has replay value like a motherfucker.Every person who has seen the film and liked it (and it's a good majority of those on this talkback) has or plans to see this film more than once.Add that to the fact that as one person mentioned, the action revolves around the film, not the other way around. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the movie made AT LEAST 3 times your estimates. You are so oncerned with the budget of this film, you don't realize how great it actually IS regardless of the budget. And in response to Devil's halo about Logan pit Fighting, it makes sense, i mean he has to earn his money somehow, but he is nothing like the terminator, Adamantium bones or not. It's his claws that make him lethal, not just the bones themselves. True, no ordinary human could beat him in a man to man battle, but THAT'S why it would make all the more sense! He knows they have a snowballs chance in hell of beating him, so it's EASY MONEY. Also the way his claws come out of his hands DOES make sense. See, you haven't SEEN the movie and at one point when Rogue asks him if it DOES hurt when they come out, he responds "Everytime." You forget that while X-fans think the claws are cool, The effects of the weapon X project to Logan is more of a curse than a blessing. I wouldn't liken this movie to be a commercial for the comics, if anything it's creating NEW fans for the comics, but even moreso, it's creating more people who are interested in a sequel even more! if all the praise this flick has gotten hasn't squelched your skepticism, then I dunno what will. But at least see the movie before criticizing it. Asa little side note, i was also at the midnight showing and got the Xavier School for gifted Youngster as well!!, that and the whole series of movie buttons just made my day!! well I'm off to see it a third time!!

  • July 15, 2000, 9:34 a.m. CST

    X-Men II

    by kenpoj

    I heard a lot of crap about this movie before I went to see it. I was very pleased to see how it turned out. There was action, comedy, and if you didn't get goose pimples when Storm started plasting Toad, you just don't get it. I would like to see a little more character development from some of the other characters(ie: Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey) I think Jean Claude Van Dame could make a good Gambit for the sequel. How about beast?? Any ideals? Great movie, I will see it again.

  • July 15, 2000, 9:45 a.m. CST

    RE:Roger Ebert is a Moron, but X Men really does SUCK

    by br1mst0n3

    First off read the comics, which this movie originated from. It was the comics creators, NOT HOLLYWOOD which scripted Magneto's origin. 2nd, Where the hell do YOU get off saying they this movie exploits them anyway. You sound like the same type of individual who is certain Jar-jar binks portrays a Jamaican rastafarian in Episode One.Just as you wouldn't want to be criticized for not liking this film, DON'T do it to those WHO DID enjoy this film in return. You got it right all in the first sentence when you said:"X Men is a job of work." You're DAMN RIGHT IT IS! A lot of work went into it, and it all shows on that silver screen.Next time find better reasons to dismiss a film as a flop, more specifically, reasons that make sense, seeing as how I didn't catch a cliche in the film at all, and didn't find the film too short just because I never wanted the movie to end. hell from the looks of it the movie could've been 3 hours long and people would've still left the theatre wanting even more of the X-men!

  • July 15, 2000, 9:52 a.m. CST

    this movie kicks ass

    by pogo on my own

    I saw this movie yesterday in nearly sold out theater complete with freakin geeks that compared the effects to the matrix, crying children, and you know what it didnt matter. I had a warm tingly feeling from the opening credits to the closing credits. This movie just flat out rocks, and if you have anything to complain about I think maybe you expectations are just plain impossible. I wasnt a huge fan of the comics but i read them from time to time and I watched the animated series, this movie was completely faithfull to each and every character. All i can pray for is that this movie make an ungodly amount of money so we can see the other Xmen that were cut out because of budget constraints. This was also the most crowded theater i had been in this summer for a matinee on a friday, larger than Mission Impossible 2 or anything else so i would at least think Singer and company break even, lets just hope for better.

  • July 15, 2000, 10:51 a.m. CST


    by THE FAN

    The show was amazing I am so happy to see such wonderful things through these eyes of mine. The story was awsome and the action, acting,and plot was to cool. All of those people out there say that this movie sucked are just upset that they were not able to be apart of the movie, so it makes them upset. So what do they do? They try to make them selves feel better by saying that the movie sucked. All I can say now is PLEASE... PLEASE... CONTINUE TO MAKE THESE KINDS OF MOVIES that eXcite our imaginations and make us begg for more. AMAZING SIMPLY AMAZING

  • July 15, 2000, 11:01 a.m. CST

    by THE FAN

  • July 15, 2000, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by THE FAN

    I have one more thing to say BRIAN PLEASE BE the Director AGAIN AND AGAIN dont let this movie fall with another director like what happend to the BATMAN shows. If you people want to see another good X-men movie, then then same people have to be apart of it again or else it wont be the same X-men in the next movies. Also make the movie longer...... and keep it up with the good plots and the seriouseness of the movie. that is what made the movie for me was how is was real. And what ever you do Brian Singer don't over do the movie like the last two batman movies ( like when the riddler had a stupid mind control box ) to cartoony for me keep it a seriouse movie please..

  • July 15, 2000, 11:47 a.m. CST

    After a summer of disapponitment...a classic!

    by VooBass

    This movie had an amazing effect on me: I walked into the theatre expecting it to be just another bland, over-hyped summer disppointment...but within two or three minutes I just kept saying over and over agfin to mysel, "This movie ROCKS!" I can't wait to see it over and over again.

  • July 15, 2000, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Not better than BATMAN, but good

    by spacebatman

    Xmen was good but not better than Burtons BATMAN.

  • July 15, 2000, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Unbridled!? How about overstated?

    by Parlo

    OK while I admit that I had severe reservations going in I found myself really enjoying it. BUT Saying that its a great movie or that its the best comic movie or whatever or that the action is superb... these are overstatements. For the most part they did a terrific (surprise!) job of capturing the characters. (Particularly Wolverine & Cyclops) So that's the film's primary triumph. But the action (?) there's really only one standout setpiece -the Wolverine vs. Mystique number. The slowness, the strange stop and go rhythym seemed a problem with rushing through editing and here it comes the only MASSIVE complaint. STORM REEKED! From the start I was worried about that. Halle Berry is such a lightweight screen presence -so opposite to what Storm should have been. It breaks my heart. She just kept getting knocked around. No personality, no 'oomph' to the performance. NOTHING. even silly Toad was a better character on screen. How did this happen? Its a rather crucial film so the original reviews are more true... a great mediocre effort. Still there's real hope for the sequel since most of the characters were so well established.

  • July 15, 2000, 4:10 p.m. CST

    PARLO thinks he knows but dosent

    by THE FAN

    Alright mr. parlo who think he knows so much tell us all about how movies are done. No, tell us about your career. Have you done any movies. NO? I thought not because you don't no crap about movies you people that think you know all this movie lingo and act like you have been in the directors chair are basically fools, and your just lying to your self. ( oh I think such and such was like this and I think the Editing stuff is like this) give it up. you people try it and then will think about what you say. Till then get a life.

  • July 15, 2000, 4:23 p.m. CST

    He is Canadian!

    by Meat Curtain

    So Logan is Canadian after all. He didn't say bub or "ay" but he is just the same. He also drinks Molson Canadian so that has to count for something! Singer did a fine job all in all. GO WEAPON X!!!

  • July 15, 2000, 4:58 p.m. CST

    RE: He is Canadian!

    by Chronication

    He did say "bub" once. After he got back into the statue from dangling outside of it in the battle with sabertooth. He came back, pointed his claws at sabertooth and said it... Cant remember what the line was though.

  • July 15, 2000, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by darthludicrous

    Where is she? She was credited but I couldn't find her after seeing it 3 times. -Ling

  • July 15, 2000, 6:31 p.m. CST

    Jubilee in the movie.

    by TrimMode

    I'm an X-MEN fan from the going way back to the Dark Phoenix saga and haven't kept up with them since DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, so I'm not overly familiar with Jubilee. However, since people have seen her listed in the credits yet have not been able to locate her after multiple viewings, it might be good to note that her scene may have been cut. In the event of a character being cut out of a film, the studio is obliged to give the actor credit regardless. Hence, she may not be in the final cut but may have had a scene that wound up on the editing room floor. Just something to keep in mind.

  • July 15, 2000, 6:55 p.m. CST

    I found Jubilee!

    by Michael248363

    Actually, my friend found her. I saw her at the end listed in the credits and asked "Where was Jubilee?" He said "She was in the scene when Logan first met Xavier when he was with the kids studying physics. 3 girls, 2 guys, 2nd kid from the left. And then a couple of minutes later in the classroom sitting next to Rogue." I looked at him and was like "Damn, dude!" Saw it again this morning and he's right. Look for the girl in the yellow jacket. Oh, and Wolverine says, "Hey, I'm not finished with you bub." when they are in liberty's skull after having fought outside.

  • July 15, 2000, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by ManOfSteele

    I believe there was an Asian(-American) female in the class Storm was teaching. If I'm not mistaken, Jubilee is Japanese-American. I just assumed she was Jubilee. I had trouble catching the young Colossus, though. -Man of

  • July 15, 2000, 8:09 p.m. CST

    ray park

    by woop

    it's true, that was a darth maul move right after toad tosses storm down the elevator shaft!

  • July 15, 2000, 10:24 p.m. CST

    X-Men was about the details

    by sakinnuso

    The movie was very impressive, but I fear non-X-fans might not enjoy a 'comic' movie that was more talk than fight. Was it too much of a good thing? Box office gross should tell the tale. Every comic fan, however, should do their part and purchase at least 3 tickets, though.

  • July 16, 2000, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Alright, setta dahn nah!

    by StormShadow

    Before I start this little critique, I just want to explain to all my beloved Marvelites that I'm pulling for the success of this mofo just as much as you are. I want to see my favorite Marvel book come to the silver screen, but its a pipe dream, so I'll get over it (GIJoe,anyone? hah. . .where did all my Joes go?). Anyways, I liked the film, but loving is too extreme. Magneto is not pure evil, making him the best baddie ever, but his scheme? A bit weak. The movie was a little too short, the characters I felt were a little too underdeveloped *during* the movie, and the restricted budget was apparent in the anticlimactic end scene. . .I know I'm supposed to be left wanting more, but I left being unfulfilled. I know I'll be flogged for my complaints, but you guys have mentioned all the good parts. And yes, I think Toad thought he had a dubba light sabre. . .lol. . .what the f was that storm-toad line? Ouch. Hey, Marvel, now that you got the dough, make a Deadpool movie. 'Nuff said, Excelsior.

  • July 16, 2000, 1:05 a.m. CST

    I love this stuff.

    by StormShadow

    I have this pet peeve against Jean Claude Van Damme, but I think he's a good call for Gambit, who was my fave Xman. . .everyone needs a second chance(for Van Damme, like a 23rd chance). And one more gripe. . .Rogue was my favorite Xchic, so I wanted some bombshell to play her, and Paquin didn't cut it for me. Maybe the guy who called JCVD for Gambit should help me for the Rogue recast. Thanks bro. . .

  • July 16, 2000, 2:10 a.m. CST

    Don't forget Blade

    by Bryan

    I just saw X-Men and I loved it too - Bryan Singer really has the perfect approach to a comic book movie, especially in that dramatic first 15-20 minutes (Poland 1944, Xavier and Magneto meeting in the hall, Wolverine and Rogue driving through the snow). During the concentration camp scene I thought, "Is this the same movie they were advertising, the one that looked kind of like Mortal Kombat?" But let's not pretend that this is the first great Marvel movie. It was only a few years ago that BLADE amazed us all by being about vampires, being based on a Marvel comic, starring Wesley Snipes and yet somehow being completely entertaining and funny and stylish from beginning to end. I know you agree with me on on this one Moriarty. Blade is not a beloved character like X-Men are, but let's give the guy the credit he deserves as a badass sunglass wearing vampire samurai who can slaughter a crowd full of dancing vampires who are covered head to toe in blood without getting a single drop on his slick leather outfit.

  • July 16, 2000, 6:26 a.m. CST

    surprisingly good

    by BatVomit

    I went to this movie with fairly low expectations, and I was quite pleasantly surprised with how good it was. It wasnt earth shatteringly wonderful, but I think Bryan Singer did a great job with this film. It did a great job of laying down a general introduction of the characters and the X-Men myth as a whole without focusing too much one one single character. People complain about there not being enough character development, and I agree that it probably could have used some more background on the characters, but I think this was meant to be an introductory film to lay the foundation for the inevitable sequels. Wolverine and Rogue were the most developed characters in the movie and I enjoyed them the most. The rest of the X-Men could have used a little more development I suppose, but the movie focused around Wolverine and Rogue joining the X-Men while Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey were already established members and going into too much of their origins and characters would have strayed too much off the events that the plot focused around. I was also very happy that they chose to include the School For Gifted Youngsters as much as they did. Seeing Iceman, Kitty Pryde, and Jubilee as students was great. Hopefully they will be in the sequels as new members of the X-Men. There were a few other students I saw who looked like they could have been members of the New Mutants as well.. The only real thing that bothered me about the movie was Magneto's diabolical little plan to turn everyone into mutants. It seemed like something that Dr. Evil or Pinky and the Brain would try to do. The whole thing with the giant machine was just a bit too campy and cliche to me. They should have just stuck with him doing some equally as evil but a little more realistic and conventional methods of terrorism than building some sort of silly giant mutant death machine. All in all it was still a good movie and I will definitely see it again and definitely buy it when it comes out on video/dvd.

  • July 16, 2000, 11 a.m. CST

    Finally a movie lives up to AICN hype

    by Insectopia

    You guys really hyped this movie, and in the past movies you've really hyped haven't lived up to it (though I've never hated a movie you guys have hyped). But you really got this one right. This was so much better than what I expected, it's the best big movie of the summer. Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine. Anna Paquin did a great job, making Rogue younger really worked. Overall, just a great movie, I walked out thinking "that was X-Men!"

  • July 16, 2000, 11:33 a.m. CST

    loved the real fleshed out characters and no cackling villains

    by nightcraler

    Loved the three dimensional fleshed out characters, completely different from past two dimensional characterization of other movie characters. I was especially pleased there was no cackling villain started out by Jack Nickolson as the Joker (which was o.k.) and last seen by the guy who played two face in Batman Forever, that performance really sucked. Magneto didnt need to act like a maniac cackler eg."hahahahahahaha blah blah blah hahahahahah" to be frightening. thanks Bryan Singer for the movie.

  • July 16, 2000, 11:23 p.m. CST


    by Jdo4031

    X men is just so good. I saw it friday with the wife who also loved it. It sets a new standard for comic book films. The classroom seen was a great set up for ice man and firestorm. I havent seen a film in years that was that good and so fun to see all involved in making x-men should be proud of what they made. Lets just hope that the following films dont go the way of Batman returns through B&R. Now lets see if Spiderman can live up to this verry high standard.

  • July 17, 2000, 1:30 a.m. CST

    This movie got my mother interested in the X-MEN

    by mjpeck

    Seeing as how this movie has already gotten the fantastic praise it deserves, I don't need to restate how much I liked this movie. But the funniest thing was that I saw this with my mother and my little sister, and both of them spent the next hour talking about the X-MEN and how cool they were. They're begging to borrow my collection of X-MEN comics. My freakin' mother! That's how good this movie is.

  • July 17, 2000, 2:27 a.m. CST

    My favorite line of the flick....

    by SithScorp

    My favorite line has got to be... CYCLOPS: "How do we know it's really you. Prove it..." (responding with the coldest demeanor) WOLVERINE: "YOU'RE A DICK." That's my favorite... 'nuff said SithScorp

  • July 17, 2000, 2:27 a.m. CST

    My favorite line of the flick....

    by SithScorp

    My favorite line has got to be... CYCLOPS: "How do we know it's really you. Prove it..." (responding with the coldest demeanor) WOLVERINE: "YOU'RE A DICK." That's my favorite... 'nuff said SithScorp

  • July 17, 2000, 7:35 a.m. CST

    If you have a complaint...STUFF IT!

    by CurEos

    Put simply...X-MEN KICKED ASS! To the naysayers, "yes" it was too short. Keep in mind Bryan Singer was up against a wall to get the movie finished (and he did a freaking excellent job). He had a limited budget (and he did a freaking excellent job). He lost his first choice for Wolverine (thank God because Hugh did a fre--...well, you get the idea). This movie reminded me of "Phantom Menace"...a fantastic introduction, leaving me wanting more. Of course, X-Men did an even better job at this. It ROCKED!

  • July 20, 2000, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The Movie Was Great, But...

    by Barron34

    The Movie was great, but Moriarity should learn that a DESCRIPTION of a movie is NOT a REVIEW of a movie. Please do not write long descriptions of films and why they are cool and then try to pass them off as reviews. reviews speak about films genrally, if they are good or not, how good or how bad, and why, all with REVEALING A MINIMUM OF DETAIL. Moriarity makes no such distinction, and his "review" is nothing but a fan's happy, detailed description of what he liked about the film (he quotes from the movie to demonstrate dialogue that he liked!). THIS IS NOT A REVIEW! It is a descriptive essay. I liked the mvoie too, and I basically agree with most of what Moriarity says, but luckily I do not come here for reviews; I come here for gossip, inside info, and meaty talkbacks. I NEVER read so-called 'reviews' of movies that I want to see until AFTER I have seen them. Then I read the reviews to see who is on their game and who is not. Movies, like music, is meant to be experienced, not described or analyzed. The purpose off a review is simply to tell a reader wehter a mvoie is worth seeing; nothing more. AND if 'more' is given, in the form of details, then the so-called 'reviewer' does nothing but detract from other's experince of the film. These are not reviews; they are dissections of movies in detail. In this case, it is a good movie, so this is a happy dissection. Which is fine, in and of itself. There are reasons to dissect films; those who might like to make films often dissect/anaylze them to help them learn the craft of film-making. Froom an audience perspective, though, not a film-maker's perspective, such post-mortem really only serve to allow fans to relive the thrills of having seen the same movie, to socialize about it, and to crow in triumph when a favorite film takes off, as it has in this case. These are all goodd things, and i am down with them. What I am not down with is calling such activities "reviews" . I know this is a fan site, and it is in fact, a very cool site that owes a lot to hte hard work of guys like Moriarity, and i don't mean to look a gift horse in the mouth, but this is a MONSTER pet peeve with me. Even many PROFESSIONAL reviewers do not grasp this simple principle: do not describe a mvoie in specific detail, but simply give a general overview and then your opinion of it. THAT is a review. DO NOT describe the details of the movie, especially iif it isa a good movie that you are reccomeneding. Good movies are to be reccomended, watched, and experienced, not descrinebd and analyzed (that is a critical film essay, not a review). Pro critics like David Ansen at TIME screwed up my enjoyment of mvoies one too many times by first telling me that the mvoie was goo,a nd then by giving awya critical plot details, thus spoiling my enjoyment of the mvoie.Even if you do not give away plot details, any descriptions may give awya nice unexpected moments. There is an art to writing real reviews, and if you can not write soemthing that is spoiler free, you haven't really written an effective review. In this case, I am glad to hear Moriairty's writng not as a REVIEW, but a welcome COMMENTARY that I wholeheartedly agree with.

  • Jan. 16, 2005, 4:57 p.m. CST

    just for laughs

    by lush

    xmen sucks.