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Frank's Movie Log

My life at the movies.


2000 | United StatesCanada | 104 min | More...
A still from X-Men (2000)
B: 4 stars (out of 5)
on Sat Jan 09, 2021

X-Men wowed me on opening day. It’s lost some luster in the decades since, but it still outshines more recent DC and lesser Marvel offerings.

The themes still resonate. In a near-future, an emerging mutant population evokes fear and uncertainty in humanity. Stewart plays Charles Xavier, a powerful telepath who believes mutants and humans can coexist in peace. Opposite him, McKellen plays Erik Lensherr, a former friend turned adversary. Lensherr—a Holocaust survivor—views humanity as a threat eager to exterminate mutant-kind.

McKellen remains my favorite part of the film. He projects operatic gravitas, delivering his lines with delicious relish while respecting their subtext.

Also helping: the finale’s New York skyline, and a shrewd script that introduces multiple characters, juggles several plot threads, and stages some memorable set pieces, all while clocking in under an hour and forty-five minutes.

Followed by X2: X-Men United.

Viewing History

    Watched on
    Sat Jan 09, 2021 via Blu-ray (2009 | 20th Century Fox)