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Monday, April 28, 2014

Movie Review:X-Men

So how many of you also posted about the X-Men?

Premise:Mutants fight for equality or supremacy.

Cast:Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier/Professor X, Ian McKellan as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Anna Paquin as Marie/Rogue, Rebecca Romijn as Mystique, Famke Janssen as Dr. Jean Grey, James Marsden as Scott Summers/Cyclops, Tyler Mane as Sabretooth, Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe/Storm, Ray Park as Toad, Bruce Davison as Senator Kelly, Shawn Ashmore as Bobby

Director:Bryan Singer

MPAA Rating:PG-13

Genres:Action, sci-fi/fantasy

Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards and belongs to 20th Century Fox.

Pros:The make-up jobs. Skips any secret superhuman masquerade.

Cons:Plot holes. Mediocre acting. A few of the special effects look fake.

In a world full of extraordinary individuals, the ordinary ones are starting to get nervous. Now they're talking about passing a mutant registration act. All mutants are worried. And some are going to take drastic action, action that could result in the end of non-mutants.

This is pretty much old-fashioned superheroics. You've got damsels-in-distress, wild supervillain plans, and freaky origin stories that would never happen in reality.

The acting isn't anything special. It comes off as less real than it should be. And then there are a few parts of the plot that make no sense. Some viewers have pointed out Xavier could have mentally tracked Toad, Sabretooth, or Mystique instead of Magneto. Also, when he does control Magneto's goons, why didn't he have one of them remove the helmet?
Also, how did Magneto know about Rogue? There was no mention of a news report or anything that would tip him off about her.
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On the plus side, the makeup jobs are impressive. Whoever did the look for Mystique (and to a lesser extent, Toad) did an excellent job.

If you like cheesy superhero films, this one might be worth a look.

Sex:Mystique appears naked throughout. The makeup used prevents any R-rated nudity from showing up. A naked man winds up on a beach full of people (the camera views him from the back). Naturally, people are in bathing suits and shorts. Wolverine shows up without a shirt a few times. Once, he jokes "Couldn't wait to get my shirt off again?" He flirts with Jean Grey, causing her boyfriend (with whom she shares a room) to warn him off. A few women show cleavage. A couple kisses, just as the girl's mutant powers activate. A man is warned not to hit his opponent in the testicles because "he'll take it personally." Mystique licks her lips during a fight.

Violence:A flashback shows a young Magneto pulling gates open with his powers, then getting knocked out with the butt of a gun. Rogue's powers drains everyone she touches. How bad is it? Wolverine nearly dies from it. Wolverine flies from a crashed car. He has cuts, but they heal. The same car then explodes.
Toad catches a bird with his tongue and eats it. He also spits slime in a woman's face, which constricts her breathing. Wolverine stabs several people and grabs another by the throat. During a fight with Mystique, he cuts off a piece of her shapeshifted body (no gore). He also cuts a gun in half and tells Rogue it hurts whenever he unsheathes his claws. He's forced to stab himself to escape from captivity.
A villain grabs a woman by the throat, picks her up off the floor, and bangs her head into glass. He also stabs a man with his claw. Characters tussle. A man falls (he survives). A woman attacks and kicks a man in the head. Lightening strikes two men. A mutant turns into water, dying. Magneto grabs a number of guns with his powers and threatens to use them on nearby humans. He also uses his powers to toss cars, Logan, and other objects. Wolverine fights a guy, taking a beating at first, but soon overpowering his opponent. A guy pulls a knife. Cyclops shoots stuff with his eye blasts, including a roof. A news report states that a man was mauled by a bear (more likely, it was a mutant).

Drugs/Alcohol:A man is poisoned and a girl sedated. Wolverine smokes and drinks. A woman holds a lit cigarette. A scene takes place in a bar. Jean tries to inject Logan with something.

Language:H*ll, d**n. One use each of s**t, son of a b**ch, and d**k. Wolverine extends his middle claw.

Spiritual:Mutants are called the next step in humanity's evolution. Magneto asks Senator Kelly if he's a God-fearing man and wonders about that phrase. He goes on to say he always thought of God as being a teacher and a bringer of light. He adds "Don't fear God, and certainly don't fear me." When asked what he's going to do to Kelly, he replies "Let's just say God works too slowly."
Some of the mutants have telepathic and telekinetic abilities, though they're natural rather than supernatural. One runs across water. An anti-mutant character says some can take away "our God-given free will."

So what do you think? Would you recommend it? Or did you X it off your list?

For speculation and trivia, look here.

© 2014 by M.R.R.

1 comment:

Linda :) said...

I posted about the XMen too... lol... I can't wait for the next movie on May 23rd... visiting via the A to Z challenge... :)