Bryan Singers first attempt at making a superhero movie, and the first film in the X-Men franchise, of course known simply as, X-Men, reminds me a lot of the first film in the Mission Impossible franchise. Now, if you remember back in last December when I wrote the review for that film, I didn't exactly fancy it much. In fact, I hated it, but I liked the sequels, though. Now, the X-Men franchise is not really like that for me, and the first X-Men film is a heck of a lot better than the first Mission Impossible film, but it is still fairly problematic. Now, X-men tries very hard to stay true to the original comics, and at the same time, appear hip and in touch with the times (2000), but the amount of campy action sequences, overly exaggerated performances and silly special effects make this film a bit more laughable than intense. In fact, there are moments where the entire film seems to be some sort of strange parody of itself. But, that is not to say that in it's own right, X-Men can't still be campy fun, because there are some fairly entertainingly little sequences, particularly during the last twenty-minutes with a rather spectacularly overblown action sequence taking place over the water of New York City. So, even though this film does just so happen to carry a PG-13 Rating, it is actually fairly average for the Rating: There is frequent but almost entirely bloodless and tame action violence, which rarely gets graphic or brutal, and if it veer does, the before mentioned silly special effects make it all pretty fake looking. So, honestly, that really is all the offensive content that there is in this movie, and I know that there are still plenty of people who enjoy it thoroughly, and that is just fine with me. More power to them, inf act. I just wish that I could have enjoyed more. Not reccomended.