After all I read, I was expecting this movie to clock in right about "mediocre at best". But you know, I was surprised that it was a good film, in spite of the challenges of bringing a some odd 25 year run into a 2 hour story.This review shall be entirely bullet riddled.
* Relationships more important than character development * scant history lessons make up for years of story arcs * too many characters and too little time left many of the X-men flatter than a frog under a steam roller. * There is going to be a sequel. There has to be. This movie makes no sense without one. * Action scenes were superhero quality * the composition of a scene at times resembled a panel in a comic book. pretty clever. * I'm not sure if Halle Barry really brings out Storm. And I never thought of Cyclops as a frat-boy. * cute in-jokes about red and yellow spandex outfits. * Wolverine is a hotty... but where's Nightcrawler?
In a nutshell: too many things to accomplish in too little time impoverishes the story, the action scenes were limited but effective. Wolverine is a hotty. Jean Gray... was that Julia Roberts, Kelly LeBrock or Elizabeth Hurley. I swear they are all the same person. How do casting agents do that?Definitely worth the ride. Can't wait for the sequel. I hope they spend time expanding the effects and fight scenes and focusing on a tighter story. Mystery Men was able to include all the principals without shortchanging any of their individual stories. X-Men II should do the same.