Succeeded by: X2 (2003)
The first installment
in the X-Men series isn't as exciting and sterling as the two
follow-ups, even if the characters and atmosphere show great potential.
The introduction of the realm, the school and the predicament is done in
a very conventional manner for this genre, hence removing a lot of the
potential for tension and surprise elements. Compared to his work in the
Bryan Singer's work here is disappointingly pale. And he gets only minimum
help from a useful, but improvident screenplay from David Hayter. The
secondary characters are a little bit all over the map, the action
set-pieces somewhat overdone, and the narrative presentation a little
too dichotomic. Despite all this, X-Men has enough promise,
intelligence and interesting aspects to be well worth a view. Jackman/Paquin and Stewart/McKellen play well off of each other
in the leads.