X-Men (2000) - Review

Everyone might be raving about the latest installment "Logan" in the X-Men series but we're gonna go back to where it all started. Directed by Bryan Singer and written by David Hayter, X-Men is an American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.

It was initially released on July 13, 2000 in Australia and a day later in the United States. Orion Pictures began development for the movie back in 1984 with several discussions held for many years including those that involved Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron. The film rights would then go to 20th Century Fox in 1994 with Bryan Singer signing the contract to direct in 1996 before further rewrites which resulted in some characters such as Beast being deleted over budget concerns from Fox. Filming took place in Toronto from September 22, 1999 to March 3, 2000.

The film which starred the likes of Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen was such a huge success that it led the resurgence of super hero films and would also see X-Men turn into a highly valued franchise and one of the most successful box office movies of all time. With a reported budget of $75 million, the film has grossed nearly $300 million. With Logan currently in the cinemas, there would be no harm in watching the franchise from the beginning before going to the cinema for the new one which also has positive reviews.

~ Written by Tanaka Musanhi

Text © Tanaka Musanhi
Picture © 20th Century Fox