I love comic book movies (well, most of them), and I thought i would show my love for them by reviewing my favourite installation of my favourite film series, X2: X-Men United. This is a great comic book film that benefits from many things, including it's great special effects, well-told story, and great ensemble cast. As much as I like the first one, this is definitely a step up, and in following, X-Men 3 was a big step down from this one.
The large ensemble cast does incredibly well, especially the Sirs (Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen) as Professor X and Magneto, and a new character: Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler. Alan was by far the best character in this movie, and I have a feeling that X-Men 3 would have been so much better if he was in it. The young actors did really well too. By "young" I mean Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, and newcomer Aaron Stanford as Rogue, Iceman, and Pyro respectively.
The returning cast, both old and young alike, all keep the essences of their characters while building on them at the same time. I really enjoyed the character development in Jean Grey, where her psychic walls are starting to erode and her character in this film segways into her character in X-Men 3 incredibly well.
The action scenes are fantastic, and they give great buildup to an exciting and satisfying climax at Alkali Lake. The ending is also fantastic, with Patrick Stewart's voice and the lake backdrop with the shadow of the Phoenix reflecting onto the lake. It was just beautiful and provides sufficient foreshadowing to the third movie. The rest of the action and story was great too, even if some aspects of it were way too wolverine-oriented. I mean, it was interesting to go into some of the origins of Wolverine, but some of it was a bit too much.
Another thing I liked about this movie was that it had great CGI without being dependent on it. My favourite use of CGI in the film is the beginning fight scene with Nightcrawler when he tries to kill the President (don't ask, watch the movie). It kept me on the edge of my seat while still not being mindless and stupid.
If you haven't seen this movie, you only really should if you are a fan of the series or the comics. If you are a fan of the series and haven't seen this movie, I urge you to see it now. It truly is the best in the series and one of the best comic book films of all time. All in all, a must-watch for comic fans, watchable fun for everyone else.
From the opening sequence, I knew this was going to be even better than the original X-Men. I loved the combination of Nightcrawler's attack on the White House with classical music. With Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, this film has all of the great acting and special effects of the first, plus new characters such as Inferno and Brian Cox as the mad scientist. Highly recommended.
"X-2" picks up solidly where the original flick ended. Unlike most reviewers, I didn't think this film was any better than the first. I do believe that it is a good film in its own right. The first sequence, the attack on the White House, is by far the best sequence of the movie. Nightcrawler was one of my favorite X-men growing up. I also enjoyed the fact that they included his deep Catholic faith. The comic actually toyed with this character becoming a priest. Overall, the action sequences … more
Pros: Halle Berry, Rebecca Romaijn-Stamos and Kelly Hu are all in it Cons: They don't get to do a whole lot The Bottom Line: X-men. Still protecting us from evil mutants. Whenever I think about a comic which got everything right, X-men immediately pops to mind. X-men is one of the better creations to come from the mind of comic legend Stan Lee, and there is no comic I could relate to better. X-men perfectly captures societys … more
Pros: If you're into action and awesome effects, this one is for you! Cons: Sometimes you wish you'd read the comics. The Bottom Line: X2...let's just say it's too bad special effects weren't available a long time ago. What can I say? This is a great movie with some of the best special effects I have ever seen - even better than the first one. The movie starts up where the first left off, progressing … more
Pros: Some Great FX and Some funny moments Cons: Plot holes, supporting characters and Patrick Stewart are not given enough to do. The Bottom Line: A good summer diversion that with a little more attention could have been a classic. The 2003 summer movie season is upon us with the release of X2 the highly anticipated follow up the 150 Million plus grossing X-Men. The film continues the story of a band of genetic mutants … more
Pros: acting, characters, political, deep, special effects Cons: Night Crawler, a bit confusing, maybe tried to do too much The Bottom Line: I want to be the Bottom Line. It can morph into any form and even imitate the voice. The Bottom Line is hot. I rarely go to see the same movie twice in the cinema. But, X2 was so phenomenal that I would see it again. In fact, I would have stayed in the theater and watched it again immediately. … more
X2: X-MEN UNITED, the remarkable sequel to X-MEN, picks up shortly after the first film's finale. At the White House, a would-be assassin--the acrobatic, teleporting blue mutant Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming)--menaces the president. Meanwhile, in the Canadian Rockies, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) searches for answers to his mysterious past at the top-secret facility where he received his metallic skeleton and claws. Back at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Storm (Halle Berry) instruct students Rogue (Anna Paquin), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), and Pyro (Aaron Stanford), while Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Cyclops (James Marsden) pay a visit to the imprisoned Magneto (Ian McKellen). However, Magneto has a secret weapon in the shape-shifting Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos). Soon allies and enemies alike will unite to defeat the hate-filled military scientist William Stryker (Brian Cox), who wants to rid the world of mutants. When Stryker launches a ruthless two-pronged atta...