Based on comic book characters, the X-Men are a group of outcasts, each born with a genetic mutation that gives them extraordinary powers. Although feared and misunderstood by their fellow humans, the team has harnessed its powers for the good of mankind. But Magneto, the villainous chief mutant, wants to annihilate ordinary people and place himself in a position to rule the world. While battling Magneto and his evil henchmen, our heroes must come to grips with their physical differences and convince society that they are not the enemy.
The opening narration states that evolution leaps forward every few millenniums to produce new forms. This film, other than this comment and a few violent scenes, including a comment about not fearing God from one character, manages to entertain and is suitable for the family.
It is a summer-like action flick with fights, explosions, the morphing of various mutants, and great special effects. How can you go wrong with Ian McKellen playing a villain, and Patrick Stewart playing a good guy? Hugh Jackman plays his role as the powerful Logan, also known as Wolverine, very excellently. He chews up the scenery and plays edgy very nicely. The violence is comic-book style and there aren’t many if any truly scary moments.
The mutants are ostracized by others but are determined to help others which is a nice theme in this film. Of course not every single mutant feels that way, which makes this an interesting story to watch.<.p> We would encourage parents to discuss the evolution comments with their children. Otherwise, this is a nice good vs. evil story and we recommend it for ages twelve plus, and gladly award the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.