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Running Time: 93 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Action/Sci-Fi
Starring: Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Anna Paquin as Rogue, James Marsden as Cyclops, Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, Halle Berry as Storm, Ian McKellan as Magneto, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos as Mystique

The X-Men has been very eagerly awaited. And let me say it was well worth the wait.

X-Men follows the introduction of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Rogue (Anna Paquin) into the X-Men. While at the same time Magneto (Ian McKellan) is causing trouble for the rest of the world with a mutating machine.

Well let's start with what's good. The cast is great. Hugh Jackman acts exactly as Wolverine should act. And Patrick Stewart is Professor Xavier. I can't picture anyone else doing that. Now, I know what you're thinking. "Aren't the costumes supposed to suck?" Well no they don't. The costumes make sense and everyone looks about how the X-Men should look. Magneto looks a little weird, but you can't get 'em all. And actually, Sabertooth (Tyler Mane) was done perfect. And this all fits in with the great special effects. The filmmakers did a great job of turning all their powers onto the big screen. Cyclops' eye blasts, Storm's... well storm, Wolverine's claws, and a really good shot of Cerebro doing it's thing (all you fanboys out there know what I'm talking about). And there is one scene in particular where Magneto controls a whole bunch of policeman's guns that was incredibly well done.

The script was good and moved the story along quickly. And it included plenty of in-jokes and mutant cameos. You could have played "Spot The Mutant," I saw Iceman, Jubilee, Pyro, and Nightcrawler, but I'm sure I missed a bunch. Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy, also had a hand in the script, and you can tell through some of the good humor bits that I won't spoil here. But because the script had to move quick, not a lot of time was able to be spent on each character. You wanted more. And the movie was also devoid of music, and I thought it would have been really cool to use the music from the sturday morning cartoon. That would have been good.

Now a questions I have for those who've seen X-Men. Early in the movie Wolverine is attacked and crashes through the windshield of his truck. When this happened, 90% of the theater I was in burst into laughter. I didn't get it, none of my friends got it, so maybe someone in Epinionsland can explain this to me. Why is this funny? And did this happen in your theater?

Well anyway, I can't wait for the sequels!

7 / 10

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