Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #237 X-Men

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Movie #237 X-Men

(2000, US, d. Bryan Singer)

This is the sort of film that knows where it’s going. And by that I mean, the filmmakers and producers were fully aware of developing this film into a long-lasting franchise. Because if you look at this film for what is alone, there is nothing truly special about it. We have a lot of character set-ups, a lot of power set-ups, a lot of characters, a lot of strange exposition, yet the story is still only about Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman). It’s the rare origin story in that it doesn’t actually use crazy visual techniques and massively over-budgeted sets to tell its story. Compared to most origin stories, its actually quite a quiet film. This is where Bryan Singer works his magic. He tells the powerful story of Wolverine and the desperation of all mutants in this only somewhat-spectacular tale. Focusing on the heartache these characters go through and the pain they suffer is the strength of this film. Though it does have its fair share of big action set pieces, these are sequences propelled by character and by conflict, rather than an overwhelming modern need to maximize everything with CGI and rigged explosives. Knowing its franchise capability allows the filmmakers to set the groundwork for what action will accomplish in the later additions. And by doing so, Singer is able to highlight probably the most culturally relevant superhero story and highlight its anecdotal qualities. This is a film about theĀ underprivileged, about those without rights and without freedoms. It is about minorities. It is about race. It is about gender. It is about sexuality. X-Men‘s application are, in fact, endless. And that’s how this movie succeeds.

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