Thursday, July 16, 2009
What I Think Of: X2: X-Men United (2003)
With Watchmen on it's way, and after having so much fun relieving past comic book movie glory with the first X-Men movie, I decided to continue with the super heroic nostalgia and watch X2: X-Men United. Released in 2003, X2 picks up exactly where the first X-Men movie leaves off, except now it adds in my favorite mutant from the comic book, Nightcrawler. In this movie, General William Stryker, played by newcomer Bryan Cox, kidnaps Captain Picard so he can use him to kill all the mutants. It's up to the X-Men & Gandalf to stop him. I'd like to believe that since Bryan Singer, back to direct once again, had already shown us that story telling & character development are more important than special effects, he decided to go all out with everything, because X2 is one of those sequels which improves upon the first movie, in pretty much every way possible. Watching this again, I had almost forgotten how incredible the opening sequence with Nightcrawler is. In this one sequence, X2 shows how much they've improved on the special effects in the movie. Even the soundtrack to the movie is improved as well. The story telling & character development are still there even with the younger, not quite X-Men yet in Rogue, Iceman, and Pyro. Overall, this movie is better than the first, and easily one of Marvel's best comic book movies to come out. Enjoy it too, because the next two X-Men movies are not even close to being this good.