Bryan Singer's first X-Men film is widely seen as the start of the modern wave of respectable superhero movies. (That's actually incorrect--Blade kicked them off, but that movie is largely ignored) And you know what? It's actually pretty good! Fine performances from two respected Shakespeareans, a more plausible look for the costumes that set the tone for all superhero outfits to follow, impressively imaginative and destructive fight scenes, a firm grasp on the "mutants as minorities" metaphor, an Aussie musical theater veteran riding a muttonchopped, claw-wielding Canadian mass murderer into overnight stardom...and then this, the perfect storm, the ne plus ultra of Dumb Doomsday Devices. See if you can follow me here: It's a machine...that uses magnetic force...provided by a mutant...who's draining it from another mutant...to alter people's genetic structure...and change them into mutants...which will subsequently kill them...and its target is a United Nations Ethnic Stereotype Summit...and it's mounted on the Statue of Liberty's torch. Homo superior...? Yeah Rite.
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