X-Men

X-Men-x-men-58082_1024_768I 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.

wolverine-20061030012653559Imagine 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.

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X-Men-hugh-jackman-as-wolverine-19520764-1759-1174Since 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-professor-x-x-men-days-of-future-pastPatrick 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.

MagnetoIan 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.

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Anna_Paquin-Rogue_003I 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.

1321200-14At 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.

Halleasstorm2Halle Berry plays Ororo Monroe/Storm.  Halle is okay in the role.  I did not detect anything special about her acting in X-Men, but she was good.

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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.

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5 comments

  1. Toby says:

    I’m glad Hamelette straighten you out about the mutants! LOL,,,so I won’t have to! I was a BIG fan of Marvel comics when I was kid–I know almost all of the characters and their backstories. So I was ecstatic when the X-Men came out. I was wetting my pants every time a familiar character came on screen! Hugh Jackman is AWESOME as Wolverine (down girl,,,down). And where you in the 90’s, that you missed Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation? That bald man is SO sexy! He was the perfect choice for Xavier.

    I will pay the high cost of admission for ANY Marvel comic movie — Marvel is the only time I go to the theater (with an exception for the Planet of the Apes). Wolverine and Thor!!!!! OOOOH! Let me stop.

    • Xenia says:

      Yes, Hamlette straightened me out but good….HA! I remember the Marvel comics being a huge hit with kids when I was growing up, but I was not into them at all. I only like Archie comics or the romance comic books. I had to hide to read the romance comic books because if my mother saw me she would take it away. Looking back on that it was so silly. All the comic characters did was french kiss. It wasn’t like they were in bed together or anything like that, but my mother thought they would “ruin” me….LOL

      Isn’t Hugh Jackman a cutie??!!!

  2. Hamlette says:

    Wow, I can’t imagine what it must have been like to go into this with zero idea about who and what the X-Men are! I read some of the comics as a kid and knew most of the characters at least a little (and have loved Wolvie since the first comic I saw him in). I actually refused to see this in the theater because I thought that Hugh was too tall and handsome to play the short, mean-and-ugly Wolverine. A friend forced me to watch it on video, and I was an immediate convert, lol. I’ve never been so happy to be wrong!

    Anyway, just a few (hundred) comments on your post 🙂 First, the fourth picture you posted is actually from Hugh’s cameo in X-Men: First Class. Just fyi.

    Okay, so, I hope it’s okay with you, but I’m going to clarify a few things the movie left you fuzzy on. Unbidden, I realize, but… I love these movies and these characters. So, the Nazis didn’t create the mutants, though they did experiment on some of them (and they were not the only ones to do so). They’re mutants, as in, their genes mutated in ways that give them super powers. Eric Lensherr/Magneto is the little boy in that opening sequence with the Nazis — his superpower first manifests when he’s separated from his parents at the concentration camp. A mutant’s power usually first manifests during a moment of great emotional turbulence, which you’ll see over and over in the movies. Like how Rogue’s appeared during her first kiss.

    (Random aside — I can’t believe you’ve never seen Patrick Stewart in anything before!!! Oh my goodness, he is delightful, always. I love and adore him as Scrooge in the 1999 version of A Christmas Carol, and he’s my favorite Claudius (in the 2009 version of Hamlet). I was blessed with the opportunity to see him perform live in a production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? years ago, and it was breathtaking.)

    (Another aside — Ian McKellan! I adore him. He’s Gandalf, of course, but he’s also the best Richard III I’ve ever seen. So very, very talented. He recently officiated at Patrick Stewart’s wedding!)

    My brother’s favorite X-Man is Rogue, and he and I used to watch this movie over and over together, me drooling over Wolvie and him drooling over Rogue. She is extremely sweet, but still a teenager, so way too young for Wolvie, who’s, um, well, really old. Like, at least 150 years old. So everyone’s too young for him, but yeah… Rogue is a teen! And Wolvie is a gentleman, no matter how much he wants people to think otherwise. He keeps his hands to himself, as he should.

    So, um, anyway, Wolvie leaves his dogtag with Rogue because he’s kind of her father/older brother figure, and it’s his way of promising not to abandon her. Know how she and he both have trust issues and would rather run away from their troubles than face them? This is his way of saying he’s not running again (which is what she accuses him of when he’s leaving), but going to find out more about his past, and that he will return. I absolutely love their relationship, how he’s so protective of Rogue. She’s really the only mutant who could actually kill him (by sapping his regenerative power), and yet, they’re so close that he’s willing to lay down his life by letting her take his power to save her — it’s amazing. I’m getting chills just thinking about them. But no, Rogue and Wolverine will never have a romantic relationship in these movies. Part of why I love him, he’s just so sad and alone and in need of a hug.

    BUT — Hugh Jackman definitely gets better and better as Wolverine in each movie. And X2 is my absolute favorite superhero movie ever (yeah, even over The Avengers, try not to faint).

    Okay, I think my comments were as long as your post! Lol. Minus the delectable pics of Hugh Jackman :-9 Today is my birthday, and your post about this is like an awesome random little gift. You’re making me want to rewatch it tonight!

    • Xenia says:

      Hi Hamlette, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I don’t mind at all you cluing me in about the characters. I would not have guessed any of that from watching the first movie. Jack the Man is too handsome and tall to be Wolverine, but I am glad he is anyway. I guess you are right about Rogue being too young for “Wolvie”, but it is nice to know that they grow close and he continues to care for her and look out for her even if it isn’t in a romantic way. So Wolvie never gets a love interest in any of the X-Men movies?

      I see what you mean about the forth picture. I thought it was the same two men in the photo below it. I didn’t look at it carefully.

      Ian McKellen is great as Gandalf. I would love to see him playing Richard III. I will search out those movies that you mentioned featuring Patrick Stewart.

      I am unable to stream Scoop so I just ordered that DVD as well. I am getting ready to stream Someone Like You right now.

      • Hamlette says:

        I want to be watching Someone Like You right now! You lucky woman. “These are people, Jane, not cows!” Love that movie, it makes me laugh so much.

        I completely forgive Hugh for being too tall and handsome to play Wolverine because he so perfectly captures the character’s essence. And because he’s wonderful.

        In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, you do get to see him be in a romantic relationship, and it’s very sweet. (Like the title says, it’s his origin story, so takes place before the ones you’re watching now.) But in the X-Men trilogy, his heart belongs to Jane Grey, and her heart belongs to Cyclops (who is my least-favorite superhero pretty much of all time).

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