Monday, 5 May 2014

X-Men 2 Review (Updated)










X-Men 2


Release Date: 30th April 2003 - Australia


Production Companies
20th Century Fox
Marvel Entertainment
The Donners Company
Bad Hat Harry

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 128 minutes


Budget: $110,000,000

Box Office Gross: $407,711,549
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Hatred and distrust brew
between humans and
mutant-kind. An unprovoked
mutant attack on the
President gives General
William Stryker his long-
awaited opportunity to
wage all-out war against
the mutants. A war that
would leave only one race
victorious. Xavier, Wolverine,
Storm and the other X-
Men must unite their old
adversary Magneto to
prevent a devastating
confrontation that could
destroy everyone on the
planet.


Cast
Hugh Jackman - Logan/
Wolverine
Patrick Stewart - Charles 
Xavier/Professor X
James Marsden - Scott 
Summers/Cyclops
Famke Janssen - Dr. Jean Grey
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe/
Storm
Ian McKellen - Erik Lehnsherr/
Magneto
Anna Paquin - Marie/Rogue
Rebecca Romjin-Stamos - 
Mystique
Alan Cumming - Nightcrawler
Brian Cox - General William 
Stryker
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby
Drake/Iceman
Aaron Stanford - John
Allerdyce/Pyro
Kelly Hu - Yuriko Oyama/
Deathstrike
Michael Reid McKay -
Mutant 143
Daniel Cudmore - Peter Rasputin/Colossus
Katie Stuart - Kitty Pryde
Kea Wong - Jubilee
Bryce Hodgson - Artie
Shauna Kain - Siryn
James Kirk - Ronny Drake
Jill Teed - Madeline Drake
Alf Humphreys - William Drake
Keely Purvis - Little 143

Crew
Story/Executive Producer/
Director - Bryan Singer
Executive Producer/Based on "X Men" Comics - Stan Lee
Based on "X-Men" Comics -
Jack Kirby
Story/Screenplay - David Hayter
Story - Zak Penn
Screenplay - Michael Dougherty
and Dan Harris
Producers - Lauren Shuler
Donner and Ralph Winter
Co-Producers - Ross Fanger and Kevin Feige
Production Designer - Guy Hendrix Dyas
Costume Designer - Louise Mingenbach
Special Make-Up Designer - Gordon J. Smith
Director of Photography - Newton Thomas Sigel
Special Effects Director - Mike Vezina
Special Effects Supervisors - Gord Davis, Andrew Verhoeven
and Cameron Waldbauer
Visual Effects Supervisors - Michael J. Fink and
Stephen Rosenbaum
Visual Effects Supervisor: 4-Ward Productions - 
Robert Skotak
Film Editor/Music - John Ottman
Co-Editor - Elliot Graham


Review
Now this is a big flawless feature of the X-MEN series. Continuing the marathon with X-MEN 2 (or called in the US as X2) and judging the film next to its solidly-based predecessor (click here) in critical evolution of comparison. The director Bryan Singer successfully manages to use his profound creativity to accomplish a sequel of its structure. No one could be prouder than Bryan Singer at having this smash-hit feature he directed magnificently. It was originally planned for Bryan to direct four features of X-MEN, however, he left the franchise after this movie, to go and direct SUPERMAN RETURNS (click here). Leaving Brett Ratner to step in and film the third instalment which I heard is very disappointing.

The key element of Bryan Singer's direction is his passion to invent a well-written human story. He demonstrates a visual display of direction of fight scenes which are as good to match his nimble plot-creativity. All the cast from the predecessor are back as the mutants between good and evil. Hugh Jackman is at it again back to be our heroic slasher Wolverine. One actor I haven't mentioned in the mutant ensemble in my review of the first film when critiquing some of its actors, James Marsden returns as Cyclops and he could have done a lot more justice and expansion to his role. Had the third film not concluded with Singer's absence and Marsden's reduced role, perhaps this film could have been improved along with Cyclops' portrayal. 

The character rivalry between him and Wolverine would progress to end their jealousy and differences. THE LAST STAND did cut short the conflict they had with Jean Grey as their main romantic interest but only it was rushed. Scottish actor Alan Cumming camouflages in dark-blue make-up while playing the teleporting mutant Nightcrawler. Willingly, he even furnishes a fake German accent to have the character speak in his nationality.

I have no problem deciding that I'll pick X-MEN 2 as the best of its saga. Evidently it's not uneXceptional (no pun intended), it's awe-inspiring and it's a perfect superhero movie. For the record, X-MEN 2 is my third best film of the super hero genre of all time.

Star rating: (10/10) Best Movie Ever


2 comments:

  1. Hi Tim,
    This is a great review of this movie. I haven't seen it as yet but after reading your blog, I can't wait to watch it!

    Thanks Tim

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    1. Why, you're the first to comment my only favourite of the X-Men series. I don't know I'll be seeing Days of Future Past when I buy a ticket on the counter.

      Good luck! Matty and thanks for commenting me.

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