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X-Men

August 6, 2019
By Anonymous

X-Men is the first movie in the original X-Men franchise and introduces audiences to the adventures of everyone's favorite group of mutants. The movie revolves around mutants, who are considered to be the children of the atom and are known as homosuperiors. Considered by many to be the next link in the chain of evolution, mutants are considered more powerful than humans and have special abilities that are granted to them due to their mutant genes. Each mutant is born with a unique genetic mutation that grants the user extraordinary powers when it manifests itself during puberty. In a world that is jam-packed with racism, bigotry and fear, mutants tend to be social outcasts, and instead of being praised for their incredible abilities, they must deal with the hatred that humans have for them. Although mutants cannot control whether or not they have powers and which powers they have, mutants are still forced to live in a world where humans despise and hate them for powers that are just a result of their genetics. Some humans fear the concept of how some mutants can do unthinkable things, like read someone's thoughts as a telepath or regenerate, and others fear the unknown in mutants' existence, but either way, it becomes apparent that mutants are feared by people who cannot accept their differences. Despite how a team of mutants, the X-Men, are led by a professor named Charles Xavier, who happens to be a mutant that has telepathic abilities and is also the founder of a school for mutants that helps to teach other mutants how to properly control their powers and acts as a safe haven, the world still hates mutants, even though the team does their best to protect the planet, from both other mutants and other problems, big and small. However, the X-Men seem to be forced to fight their biggest challenge yet when they are forced into a battle with Magneto, who happens to be a former colleague and friend. Magneto believes that humans and mutants shouldn't live together and co-exist, due to how he feels humans will always suppress mutants, and as a result, he forms his own band of mutants, except instead of fighting for good, they fight for Magneto's own selfish purposes. 

 X-Men proves to be an exhilarating adventure that introduces audiences to the mutant world, as well as some of the most important mutants. As an origin story of sorts, it should make sense that the start of the movie ensures that audiences are transported to this new and exciting world where mutants exist. The beginning of the movie seamlessly introduces viewers to all of the unique concepts and ideas of the movie, including an explanation of how mutants receive their powers and what life is like for a mutant. The middle of the movie marvelously progresses the story along, and not only does it present challenging obstacles for all of the characters, but it also elaborates upon the ideas presented at the very start to include plenty of character development that helps to shape most of the characters on-screen. The enticing ending of the movie proves to be action-packed and includes some fight scenes between various mutants, which means that their powers are showcased at their finest. 

 X-Men has some noteworthy visuals that are able to capture everything and then some that the creators could have possibly intended to include. Delicately balancing between the utilization of both visual and special effects, the movie has the added benefit of having both amazingly vivid visual effects and spectacular special effects to use when needed. The mutants' abilities are brought to life with ease, and all of their powers are made realistic, making it seem like all of these science fiction concepts could exist in the real world. This adds a realistic element to the movie that is extremely beneficial in transporting audiences to this new movie universe with relative ease. 

 X-Men has the rare ability to be enjoyed by both critics and viewers alike. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an outstanding 81%, which is just as impressive as it sounds, and a whopping 89% of Google users liked the movie, solidifying the concept that this movie is a great fit for a wide variety of audiences. 

 X-Men is realistic and showcases some eccentric science fiction concepts and puts them in a position where they shine. Aided by a talented cast, majestic visuals, and an action-packed plot, this movie transforms into a bewildering story that not only introduces ideas, but it also manages to introduce audiences to some noteworthy characters and lays the groundwork for thrilling events that will inevitably come next. The movie will certainly surpass any and all expectations triumphantly with its natural charisma, and it manages to do all of the X-Men's long history justice, making this an absolute must-see. 


The author's comments:

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are now seeing the beginnings of another stage of human evolution. These mutations manifest at puberty, and are often triggered by periods of heightened emotional stress." - Jean Grey


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