X2: X-Men United
Movie Reviews | May 2nd, 2003
Starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, Anna Paquin, Kelly Hu, Aaron Stanford, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore
Directed By: Bryan Singer
I’ve been waiting since the first movie for a sequel and it’s finally here, three years later and X2 just blows the first movie away! Lots of new characters, the special effects are 20 times better, more action, more hot ass female characters and more Wolverine being a badass. Plus this film is a bit dark too!
The story is about a rogue mutant attacking the President and Stryker (Brian Cox), who’s a scientist/ politician/ military official, wants to round up all the mutants in the world and get rid of them, starting with Xavier’s mansion. Meanwhile, Wolverine is still trying to figure out his past, Jean Grey is losing control of her powers, Rogue and Iceman are an item now, Storm lost her accent and has new hair, Magneto is getting the crap beat out of him in jail and Mystique is causing more mischief. The mutants put their beliefs behind them and join forces to stop this war between humans and mutants. Or something like that.
I had to see this twice this weekend, it’s that good! Second time seeing this was just as good because I went with 12 friends or so and we were cheering our brains out for certain scenes. It was cool because we got the rest of the audience clapping as well, felt like a Star Wars viewing. I’d pay money to go see it again just to see the opening scene with one of my favorite characters of Xmen, Nightcrawler. My other favorite character, besides Wolverine, is Colossus. He’s makes a memorable cameo in this film and if they don’t put him the next film, well I’ll..I’ll just wait to see the movie not on opening day! ha! With all the characters in the film, I thought it was well balanced and the story flowed nicely. Though some characters didn’t have as much screen time like Cyclops, and Lady Deathstrike. Wolverine’s story is still in the front but other characters get more screen time like Jean Grey, Storm, Iceman, and Mystique. I was pretty shock with one thing in the movie involving one of the characters. I didn’t know they were going into that story so soon. But it was really cool nonetheless. I also liked how they did Pyro in the movie.
It’s exactly how I thought it was going to turn out. He was a brat, thinks for himself, sense of humor and an egomaniac. Mystique’s role def. was better than the first film. She had some memorable scenes as well, plus she’s naked and blue. She’d give Papa Smurf a woody. Nightcrawler was just awesome. I can’t wait to see what he does the next movie. Now about the effects, they were a lot better this time around and didn’t look that bad. The effects when nightcrawler teleports were super cool, and the noise was dope! POOF! The reason why the movie is better, the story, etc. is they took their time with it, and had a bigger budget so it def. paid off. This is a great flick to start the summer off!!! GO SEE THIS!! Now bring on Matrix Reloaded!
Bottom Line: One of the best comic book movies to date!
Favorite Scenes: Mansion attack
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