Well, I've seen this movie twice now, and I've thoroughly enjoyed
it both times. It's a fast-paced action flick based on the Marvel
comic legend, X-Men. I've never been a comic book
following kind of guy (which is remarkable considering who my
best friend in high school was, I mean you figure some of Matt's
enthusiasm would have rubbed off on me, but there you go), but
even if you had never head of the X-Men at all (which I have,
at least enough to have the basic idea of the "universe" in
mind) you would still enjoy this movie, I feel.
I've got to tell you, even from the very beginning, this movie
showed promise. There are no before-the-title credits. That
means there are no actors who insisted that their name appear
before the title of the movie at the beginning. So, right away,
you know this is not a movie whose purpose is designed to "showcase"
any particular actor. Instead, you've got a bunch of people
who are working together to pull off an action picture, and
that's what they succeeded in doing.
I felt that the movie had just enough exposition to balance
out the action. It doesn't try to explain everything, but it
does give a good job of giving enough detail so that the action
of the characters have some context in which to exist. You're
never bewildered at any particular behavior. The pace keeps
going fast enough to make the use of the special effects justified.
It was well put together.
The whole premise of the movie, that which makes it work more
than your basic martial-arts action style flick, is the nice
triangle of antagonists. There are the regular people, then
there are the two kinds of mutants that the regular people fear
and hate (and don't bother to differentiate between), the kind
that are ready to strike preemptively at the people whom they
can already see in their minds' eyes as coming after them with
torches and pitchforks, and the kind that feel sympathy for
regular people and want to protect them from the first kind
of mutants. While the regular people contingent is rarely felt
on-screen except in a "congressional hearing" scene in the front
(the only scene in the movie that I felt didn't really play
well), they can always be felt just off screen, their lurking
presence driving the actions of all the people we see on screen.
It's that which drives this movie and which gives it just enough
(dare I say it?) depth.
Some people say the whole Magneto-as-Malcolm-X/Professor Xavier-as-Martin-Luther-King
device was overdone, but I felt that it was almost inevitable,
and had that device been dropped, then the loyal comic book
fans would really have had something to complain about. As it
happens, I am hearing good things from people who were familiar
with the comic who have seen the movie.
Anyway, go see this. You're going to have a good time.