Genre Guesstimation – X-Men (2000) – Encore Review


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Carl of Listening to Film and we will be reviewing our favorite Ensemble Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to ensemblecarl@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Carl!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Ensemble Movies.

“Welcome to Mutant High.” – Bobby

Number of Times Seenat least 10 times (Theater on opening night in 2000, DVD, 9 Dec 2014 and 20 Sep 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A young runaway with mutant [powers is brought to a school for gifted children with mutant powers in an attempt to keep her safe from dark forces that wish to show the power of mutants to the world leaders.

My Take on it – This is a film that I was very psyched to see when it was announced nearly twenty years ago.

The movie was able to jump start a franchise that proved the effectiveness of superhero teams and probably showed the future producers of the MCU that this kind of franchise was possible and could be quite effective without the need of making a superhero film with just one main character.

The story is so enjoyable to watch unfold because it’s quite clever and gives us so much to ponder as things move along even about tolerance in our own world.

The characters in this film are developed really well and the fact that they each have diverse powers that can be used to compliment one another during missions, makes them extremely effective as a team.

This is true for both sides of the Mutant forces; led by Professor X and Magneto.

I was never the biggest fan of the X-Men before seeing this movie, but the fact that they present things so well made me a big fan of the franchise over nearly 20 years since due to the effectiveness of the team work.

The way that this movie races along works really well and keeps things so fascinating the entire time.

The action sequences are great and the special effects help enhance the feeling of the realism and plausibility of it all because their world is just like our besides the fact that they have enhanced being due to the mutant gene that is ever present throughout this film and the entire franchise.

Bottom Line – Great start for the franchise that proves that even superhero films that don’t rely on one main character can be successful and so much fun to watch. The characters all have great and diverse abilities which allows for them to work together and compliment one another during battle. The storyline is quite original and works really well in both developing all of these new characters for those unfamiliar with the comic. Before seeing the way that these characters interact in this film, I never had much love for the X-Men, but that all changed once I saw this film which showed the true effectiveness of such a series for the screen. The special effects and action scenes are done really well in order to make things feel so realistic as the world they inhabit is similar to our own save for the addition of super powered beings that possess the mutant gene. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – To celebrate her last day on-set, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos brought in a bottle of tequila, which she gave to her fellow cast and crew during a break in filming. Unfortunately, that day she happened to be filming the Wolverine and Mystique fight scene, and she threw up blue-colored vomit (from the chemicals in her make-up) all over Hugh Jackman. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely! This is an amazing ensemble film that allows us to see the way that both the good mutants and bad mutants must work together as teams in order to try and achieve their goals.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – X-Men (2000) – Encore Review

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur September Finale – L.A. Confidential (1997) – Listening To Film | MovieRob

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