Sometimes, going to the movies raises an ethical question: Is
it right to pay $11 to see a film that you're likely to forget
about in under 72 hours? I suppose it's a bit like asking whether
$150 is too much to drop on dinner (just you, including booze).
And yet when it came time to decide where to see X-Men, I didn't
hesitate -- big screen, big sound, good seats. Because if you're
going to look at eye candy, you might as well look at it, right?
And that's what X-Men is: pure eye candy. Even though it is
crammed with very good actors (Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart,
Anna Paquin), and even though it's directed by wunderkind Bryan
Singer (who also made "The Usual Suspects"), you don't
have to worry about getting bogged down with an elaborate plot or
characters, or any of that stuff which can only revive anxious
memories of high school English tests. No -- it's all thin as
celluloid, as easy as comic books. Which is apt, of course.
Casual visitors to the web site may
stop reading now.
"But did I like it?" I hear you say. I liked seeing
Union Station and Roy Thompson Hall used as locations in the
film. I liked seeing Canadian money shown on-screen. I liked that
the romantic lead of the film appeared to be Canadian without
once making reference to donuts or hockey. I liked seeing Anna
Paquin and thinking back to how she looked in "The
And I liked seeing Bruce Davison looking for all the world
like former Ontario premier Bob Rae.
PHOTO: X-Men web site
(Official Site, Crap)
X-Men (Another Official Site,
Way More Fun)
Rabbi's Three Questions (Speech by Bob Rae)