Studio: 20th Century Fox/Marvel/Bad Hat Harry
Director: Bryan Singer
Running Time: 2 hours, 12 Minutes
Summary: Set back in the 1960’s, this movie chronicles Professor Xavier’s and Magneto’s first formation of the X-men, who wish to promote peaceful co-existence between both humans and mutants. Their first mission: to stop the evil Hellfire Club from escalating the Cold War during the events of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Stars: Kevin Bacon, James McAvoy, Oliver Pratt
My Rating: 9/10
Review: I’m a huge fan of the X-men, in fact they’re my favorite superhero team.
What I really like about the X-men is that is really a metaphor for race relations. The relationships between humans and mutants were inspired by the civil rights movement, with Professor Xavier inspired by Martin Luther King, while Magneto’s methods would be similar to Malcolm X. I thought it was great how the movie showed the way the X-men’s first team. We even see how Magneto and Professor Xavier first met.
The story had typical superhero style violence. THe movie gave hints that Magneto was already stating. He saw nothing wrong with killing people as a means to his end. He doesn’t share Xavier’s pacifist vision. This puts him at odds with Xavier. He wants revenge for his childhood in the Nazi concentration camp.
I did have two problems with the movie, the first was its sexuality. There was an unnecessary scene where Moira disguises herself as a stripper to get into the Hellfire Club. I was also displeased with Hugh Jackman’s cameo. The sole reason for Wolverine to appear? Just so they could squeeze in the one f-word limit the PG-13 rating allows. Just because you have the limit doesn’t mean you have to meet it.
Other than these, I actually liked the movie. I think 20th Century Fox has finally gotten past the failure of X-men: The Last Stand, which was the worst of the series, in my opinion.