(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
SW SCORE: 40
4 out of 5 🐙
The first film in the triumphant Marvel march that transformed pop culture. Before Marvel made comics mainstream, superheroes were largely the purview of geeks. Now, most of society is viewing them. Most superhero movie fans today would point to The Avengers as the most popular and beloved superhero team. But if you were to transport yourself back to the 90s, the Avengers were B List. They might have even have been C List. X-Men were THE team. There’s a reason they started things off. X-men always had a much better and cohesive story than The Avengers. The Avengers was just a group of powerful superheroes. They had no single important thing that bound them together. X-Men had homo superior, the persecution of mutants, and really fun pseudo-science to explain their powers. Not to mention, the X-Men had Wolverine, the most popular comic book character in Marvel behind Spider-man. And they had Professor X, the best villain in Marvel (Magneto), the best love triangle in Marvel (Jean-Scott-Logan), far better storylines, and a slew of awesome supporting villains that were better than most of the baddies facing the Avengers. I’m not dissing the Avengers. It’s a compliment to Marvel’s amazing story system that they can take the less popular teams and make them the most popular. But back to this flick: it started it all and it should always be held in a place of high honor. The story isn’t even one of the best X-stories but it’s good enough to start the whole thing off.
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)