Reviewed By Chris Parry
Posted 07/20/00 17:34:14

"This is no Batman. That's a good thing, by the way."
4 stars (Worth A Look)

"Oh ye of little faith." That's what they'll be saying at Fox after the world not only bought into the new blockbuster X-Men with their cash, but have also come out enjoying themselves and looking forward to a sequel. Inasmuch as recent superhero movies have decided to "Hollywood" their lead characters and leave accuracy on the backburner in favour of formula, X-Men has gone the other way and really graced the characters with the characteristics that comicbook readers have come to know and love for decades. Someone's thinking.

Professor Xavier is a mutant. He can delve into your mind. And he's a peace-lovin' guy who educates and protects other mutants, people with special powers that are shunned and feared by society at large. But he has himself an adversary, the magnetic force creating madman Magneto. With Xavier's protégés, Storm, Cyclops, Rogue and Wolverine, he's out to beat Magneto and his kids du jour, Sabretooth and Mystique. Big action ensues.

Or not.

If there is a negative on X-Men it's that, as much as they makers have well established the characters and storyline here, they've gone light on the action, which, as every X-Men fan knows, is heavy on the must-have list. But the positives far outweigh the negatives and in the end run, X-Men is a bloody decent flick.

The star of the show is Hollywood rookie Hugh Jackman. As any Australian will tell you, he's been on the "ready to explode" list for years and, despite the fact he was brought into X-Men at short notice, Jackman encapsulates the character that every actor wanted to perfection. And to fans of the character (and there's millions of them) that's reason enough to be jazzed over the production, and the two sequels assured to come after it.

No, it ain't Shakespeare. It's X-Men. Get stuck in, Bub.

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