X-Men is a 2000 American superhero movie directed by Bryan Singer and starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James Marsden, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Rebecca Romjin, Bruce Davidson, Tyler Mane, Ray Park and Shawn Ashmore. The film focuses on two mutants, Wolverine and Rogue, who are caught in the a middle of a conflict between Professor X's X-Men and Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutants. The film was released on July 12, 2000 on Ellis Island (where the film's climax takes place) and was a critical and commercial success, earning $157.3 million at the box office and garnering praise from critics and audiences.
Why it Rocks
- The film not only revived the superhero film genre but also kickstarted a film franchise and wave of superhero movies that is still ongoing to this day.
- Great acting from Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Anna Paquin.
- This film brought us one of the greatest castings in superhero films: Hugh Jackman as James "Logan" Howlett/Wolverine.
- A great allegory on racial tensions in the United States effectively using mutants.
- Well thought-out villain in Magneto.
- Storm's infamous line "Do you know what happens when a Toad gets hit by lightning? Same thing that happens to everybody else!".
- Outside of Magneto, the film's other villains Mystique, Toad and Sabretooth are pretty underwhelming.
- David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid, was one of the screenwriters.