Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Modern Allegory

The X-Men series (2000-2006)

Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman (Logan / Wolverine), Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier), Ian McKellen (Eric Lensherr / Mag-neto), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), James Marsden (Scott Sum-mers / Cyclops), Halle Berry (Ororo Munroe / Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue / Marie D'Ancanto)

They are superheroes. But you love them not because of their power, but because of their status. They are mutants, a minority among the normal folks of the world. Nowhere probably a direc-tor's sexual orientation so flawlessly merged with the tone of the film he's directing. The mutant and their fight for acceptance can be read as an allegory for the rights of the queer people.
Director Bryan Singer and the aggressive anti-hero of the piece Magneto, essayed by Ian McKellen are both avowed homosexual, and that give's the series its credibility.
The series, adopted from the famous Marvel comics, is an ac-tion-adventure saga of a group of people with advanced genes and with queer unique powers. And all of them are fighting for their rights, though through different means, magneto violently and Dr Xaviers with compassion and patience. And after all the action and adventure, what really matters is whether you have accepted yourself even if the world around you would never do the same.
This is the central message of the series of the three film X-Men, X-Men United and The Last Stand -- that friendship endures, and if you together and if take a stand, even the minority has the chance to see another day of freedom and choice.

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