I am an "X-Men" convert! When I first heard about "X-men," I dismissed it as a kid's cartoon movie. Then, I discovered that Hugh Jackman plays "Wolverine" in the movies. I first saw Jackman in "Kate and Leopold," and then happened to see him in the role of Curly in an all English cast of "Oklahoma."
I was working on quilts, and had the DVD player running. My son, on his way out to a convention, dropped off his copies of the two "X-Men" movies, and I watched the first on Saturday morning. I was astounded at what I had missed! They are GREAT movies, and I didn't need the protective coloration of an eight-year-old to go to the theater to see them. If a third one comes out, I'll take the kids if they need a ride, but I'll be happy to go without them.
I replayed the first movie for DH on Saturday night. (It was a cheap date, what can I say??) Sunday morning I watched the second film. I can see we'll have to have another hot date, so that DH can see the sequel.
Patrick Stewart (Picard in "Star Trek: Next Generation") is one of the good guys, and Ian McKellan (Gandolph, in "The Lord of the Rings") is Magneto, one of the bad guys. Halle Berry is "Storm," one of the good guys. Jackman is superb as Wolverine, and Anna Paquin, who won an Oscar for her performance in "The Piano" as a child, is wonderful as "Rogue."
The storyline is plausible, and absorbing. Enough is held back in the first movie that you are eager to see the second, to learn more. I hope there will be at least one more movie to come.