I started watching the first installment movie of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character. X-men is directed by Bryan Singer and is the Marvel comic books brought to life on the silver screen. I never read Marvel comic books because they are just not my thing, so watching the movie is not something I was ever interested in until my crush on Hugh Jackman started. I admit that the only reason I watched X-men is because of handsome Hugh Jack the Man and my blog buddy Hamlette’s Soliloquy highly recommended it. I have a high opinion of Hamlette’s recommendations. I usually do not watch movies like X-Men.
X-Men was released on July 14, 2000. It costs $75 million to make and grossed $296,339,527 at the box office. Playing superhero, Logan/Wolverine in X-Men is the film project that hurled Jack the Man into super stardom.
Imagine a man with a hairstyle and beard like this coming up to you asking for a date. I thought Hugh Jackmann looked funny and crazy as heck in this movie. In the Marvel comics Wolverine is only 5’3″ tall, so I am glad that the director and producers did not shy away from giving this role to the 6’2 and a half inches tall Jackman. Bryan Singer’s first choice to play Wolverine was Russell Crowe, but Crowe turned down the role when he was denied a higher fee. The studio’s preferred pick for Wolverine were Keanu Reeves and Gary Sinise. After Russell Crowe turned the role down Bryan Singer considered Aaron Eckhart, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Edward Norton. I cannot see Keanu or Ed Norton as Wolverine, but I can picture Van Damme in the part. Actor Dougay Scott was then cast in the role but he had to bow out because of scheduling conflicts with filming Mission Impossible. Hugh Jackman already had some film projects under his belt, but he was still relatively unknown at the time. Jackman was signed on to play Wolverine a month and a half after principal photography started on X-Men. I thoroughly enjoyed Jack the Man as Wolverine. He was grumpy, mean and vicious, had a soft spot in his heart and the ability to fall in love all rolled up into one.
Since I did not read the Marvel comics I am left a bit confused about the characters. By the end of the movie I was still wondering about Wolverine, Rogue, Xavier, Magneto and all the rest of the mutant people. The movie starts out with a scene of Jews marching along in mud. One couple is separated from their son who displays special powers when he tries to get away. The next thing I know the time period is the present. The only thing that I clearly understand is that the mutants are results of Nazi experimentation during WWII. They have super human powers that can be very dangerous and life is difficult for them because they are not like everyone else. Mankind tends to demonize and make fun of any segment of society that they do not understand which is so unfair. The mutants have a hard time growing up and being an adult is not much easier. The arrogance of mankind is so on display in the X-Men.
Patrick Stewart is fabulous as Professor Charles Xavier. Patrick brings a quiet dignity to the role,l yet he si a strong leader. As far as I know I have never seen Patrick Stewart in anything before. I look forward to seeing him play John Thornton in July when the BBC 1975 version of North & South is released on DVD.
Ian Mckellan plays the evil Magneto. There is obviously a huge back story involving Magneto and Xavier. For some reason I had Ian McKellan confused with the actor who plays Mr. Bell in North & South, so at first I thought Magneto was him.
I love Anna Pacquin as Marie/Rogue. Anna is all grown up now but she is still as cute as ever. Anna is also a very good actress. I think she did an amazing job in X-Men. Rogue is smitten with Wolverine and I don’t blame her one bit. Wolverine is thinking about someone else though and I am very disappointed about that. I don’t like that other mutant woman for him, I can’t remember her name.
At the end when Wolverine leaves his dog-tag with Rogue I get a bit confused because I thought he wanted the other woman. What’s her name again? If you saw X-Men you know who I am talking about. She is dating Cyclops. I hope that the sequels is going to show a growing romantic fondness coming from Wolverine to Rogue and not that other woman or else I am not going to like it one bit. Oh wait a minute, the character dating Cyclops is Dr. Jean Grey. Famke Janssen is this the actress who plays her. When you leave something precious to you with a woman and then tell her you will be back for it, it means something. At least to me it does.
The entire movie was filled with action and adventure, not the kind that I prefer, but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been when it came to the fighting parts. There are lots of special effects which would be considered forward thinking in 2000 when X-Men came out.
The most ridiculous thing I found about X-Men are the authorities. If you meet up with people who have superhuman powers why would you think that you would be ANY match for them. The scene where the police has Magneto surrounded and they tell him to stop right there and give himself up was so dumb. I had to laugh. 🙂
I cannot wait to see the other X-Men movies. I want to learn the back story of the characters and I want to see some more of Jack the Man. I hear that he gets better as Wolverine with each movie. I cannot stream X-Men 2 on Amazon. Netflix does not have any of the X-Men movies available for streaming and I am not liking that one bit. I streamed the first X-Men on Amazon and the all the others except for X-Men 2 can be streamed. Therefore, I had to order the DVD of X-Men 2. It was only $2.98 for a brand new DVD of X-men 2, and I get free shipping so I can’t complain. While I was at it I saw there is a DVD of 60 Minutes news program interviewing Hugh Jackman, so I purchased that as well. YAY!!! I want to watch all the X-Men movies in order so I have to wait for X-Men 2 to arrive on Thursday.