X-Men can very well be seen as the film that kicked off the popularity of comic-book movies, but does it still hold up? After all, this came out when being a film connected to a comic book was still a "bad thing". Add on the fact that it is now over ten years old and it wouldn't be all that surprising if this film did hold up. But the fact it does is awesome.
In the film, The X-Men, made up of Cyclops (James Marsden), Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Storm (Halle Berry) rescue runaway Rouge (Anna Paquin) and amnesiac Logan AKA Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) from Magneto's (Ian McKellen) Brotherhood, made up of Mystique (Rebecca Romijn), Toad (Ray Park) and Sabertooth (Tyler Mane). They are taken to the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters and meet Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) himself. Together, they try to stop Magneto from turning every human into a mutant.
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The effect hold up very well and look like they aren't more than a few years old. I mean, this film has better Wolverine claws than Wolverine had, in his own film, just over 3 years ago. The story is a little weak, but the prejudice theme plays out very well here, as it does in most of the X-Men films. The whole films is very good, but is missing that, ahem, X-Factor. You know. The one that makes me give movies the full 6 stars out of 6. That thing that makes me feel like the film deserves it. Unfortunately, this X-Men film doesn't have it. Still, very good though.