Reviewed by Vivian Rose, age 15,
Although I'm not a comic-book fan, and certainly
not an "X-Men" fan in particular, I found the "X-Men"
movie to be entertaining. "X-Men" devotees probably
already know the characters: Mutants with strange
powers. (The film takes place "sometime in the not-too-distant-future",
whatever that's supposed to mean.) The main characters
are Rogue (Anna Paquin), a girl who can suck the life
out of someone just by touching him; Wolverine, a
guy whose powers should be pretty clear (hint: he
has retractable claws); and Storm (Halle Berry) who
also explains her name - she creates storms. Patrick
Stewart plays the head of a school for mutants. Of
course, those are just the good guys. The bad guys
are mutants who plan to start a war with mere mortals.
The good guys want everything to be nice and peaceful.
Guess which side wins? "X-Men"'s producers did one
thing very well: They made a movie that "X-Men" fans
and non-fans alike could both enjoy. Often, movies
based on a popular series - such as a TV show or comic
books- cater only to those who are already devoted
fans. Remember "X-Files"? If you weren't a fan of
the show, the movie wasn't worth seeing. Fortunately,
"X-Men" didn't fall into that trap. "X-Men" isn't
realistic or down-to-earth; nor is the plot surprising.
The special effects are impressive though. To be honest,
I found a lot wrong with this film, but I still liked
it. I prefer to judge movies on whether I actually
enjoyed them rather than how much I found to criticize,
so I have to say that overall, "X-Men" is an entertaining
Rated PG-13 for Science-Fiction Action Violence
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