This post is intended to be the first part of a series. I plan to review all the movies in the X-Men film canon ultimately concluding with Days of Future Past. As non wibbly wobbly timey wimey tradition would have I will start at the beginning with the 2000 film X-Men. In this first movie we are introduced to Wolverine, Rogue, Professor X, Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops, Mystique and of course Gandalf. I mean Magneto. These characters are fascinating not only because they are all full on badasses but also because they are all living in a world which seeks to destroy them. Their individual reactions to that unavoidable fact are what drive the story. The movie is practically overflowing with political/social metaphors. This helps it feel more real to the audience who can as a result better understand what the characters are going through. This movie holds up a mirror to the world in which we exist. It's not always a pretty sight. Every character feels very real. We have strong writing and talented actors to thank for this. Our heroes are people with lives that are bigger than what we see on screen: Rogue is an attractive you girl who is very literally cut off from the rest of the world. Logan/Wolverine is a man who doesn't know where he's been or where he's going and isn't sure if he can handle either answer. Patrick Stewart's Professor X has all the of Picard but with a greater wit and a hidden sadness. While Senator Kelly behaves extremely antagonistically for much of the film the primary villains are significantly more interesting. Mystique is a clever shapeshifter who has been persecuted her entire life for her natural appearance. Mystique is extremely loyal to Magneto. Magneto is perhaps Professor X's equal in every way aside from his compassion. He can manipulate and create magnetic field giving him the ability to control metal. He has been treated as an outsider because of this ability. He dreams of a world in which people like him don't have to hide and be treated as second class citizens. He is very willing to sacrifice the lives of others in the pursuit of this goal. X-Men is action, science fiction and superheroes at their best. It has a compelling story and characters who are each relatable in their own unique way. I'll try to get my next review up within the coming week. Feel free to give your own opinion on this movie or the series in general in the comments below. Please try to avoid sudden death.