Good flick with excellent casting and solid acting. The action scenes are pretty inept and clunky and does little to up the pace and urgency. They rather slow down the story than speed things up. The photo is ok but pretty bland as is the score and effects. Had it not been for the decent story and the accomplished cast this would not have been very memorable.
The first truly watchable Marvel movie. Hugh Jackman made his breakthrough as Wolverine portrayal and the rest of the ensemble was strong even if some where underdeveloped. Even better was the excellent effects that took the superhero genre into a new, modern and realistic world that every new film afterwards will need to be compared to. Film do need longer running time to truly grow but as a introduction it is good.
I loved this movie as a kid because I loved X-Men as a kid. Growing up a weird minority kid in the ghetto with an intense passion for asking questions, I always felt kind of out of place and strange in my world. X-Men was then, the essential mythology for me. The movie is not great, but there are some great concepts, some great scenes, and and it vividly brought xmen to life in an iconic way, and I love it for that.
Viewing this flick (I was led here by one of those pop culture and philosophy books) gave me an idea of an essay re: the X-Men universe as matrix of "otherness"...that being said, a lot of the lines are cheesy, and the entire world portrayed can be adolescent and dorky (Magneto's helmet!) but all in all, worth the hour and a half...