Most of us have directly or indirectly experienced some form of prejudice through race, gender or just plain jealousy so we can easily relate to the x-men on that level. Thereís a comic scene in the film when one of the younger x-men tells his parents that heís a mutant. The reactions of the parents are similar to if he were coming out of the closet about being gay.
Itís also been a common theme in literature from Faust to Steppenwolf. Scholars, writers and artists are x-men isolated from society by their creative gifts even though those very gifts enrich mankind. In other words there is a little bit of the x-man in all of us. Couple this identity with a lot of action, making use of the primal forces of fire and water, and you have a story that creates a future mythology firmly grounded in the past.
Have no fear; there are several x-women and x-children in this film widening its appeal. Also, like many science fiction films, its underlying themes have a way of getting under your skin and making you think. But entertainment is the key ingredient, and with great special effects and an excellent cast, this is also a fun movie to watch.
Will the x-men earn the right to be different and yet still a part of society? Go see the film and form your own individual opinion.
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