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In this adaptation of a comic book, some portion of society has started to develop mutant powers, at puberty. There are those who wish to limit and restrict such people, and others, who are mutants, seek to seperate themselves as the new order. Enter the X Men, who strike the balance between the two. Some really good scenes between Magneto (Ian McKellan) and Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart), which helps keep this movie on track. This movie is probably the best translation of a comic book, and also serves as a tale of morality and bigotry that's a little heavy-handed in its delivery, but it's not hitting you over the head with a hammer heavy-handed.
Good, and the special effects are not too overwhelming.
We're finally at the point where we can do whatever we want in terms of special effects. The question now becomes - should we use them because we can, or because they help the movie. One has to wonder...