X-Men II: United

Director: Bryan Singer

Stars out of 10: 8.2

X2: X-Men United

Now this is how a superhero film should be done. Almost flawlessly executed and expertly detailed. This is one of the only four superhero films deserving of being titled the king of superhero movies (the other three being Dark Knight, Spider-Man 2 & Batman Returns) and which is funny because they’re all immediate sequels to their predecessors. Anyway, X2 is simply unavoidable and it’s full of great scenes and moments, like the opening for instance. Man, if that isn’t one of the best choreographed opening, then I don’t know what is. The peep-hole shot? Classic!

As before, all the main cast were impressive but it was the inclusion of Brian Cox (William Stryker) and Jim Cummings (Nightcrawler) that won me over. The characters were strong additions and were greatly cast. Another redeeming point was giving Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) a much prominent role. What Singer achieved in the first film through Anna Paguin, he achieved through him in this one. It was a good move. It has the old-message of how parents don’t understand or are not able to accept the situation and sibling-envy, which is very common in almost every household. But that’s not the point, the the point is how realistically it was handled. At least to me it seemed!

In all, a very greatly detailed movie and it has almost everything you can ask for. One of my personal favourites!





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