"Thus open the gates of paradise."

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06 Apr 2002

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 Piano."

And I liked seeing Bruce Davison looking for all the world like former Ontario premier Bob Rae.

Bruce Davison
PHOTO: X-Men web site
  Bob Rae


Related Sites

X-Men (Official Site, Crap)
X-Men (Another Official Site, Way More Fun)
X-Men (IMDB)
The Rabbi's Three Questions (Speech by Bob Rae)