Tuesday, June 14, 2011
X2 is my favorite comic book ever....still is!
Best comic book movie ever! Terrific sequel that improves on the original in every way. In their second movie, the team must join forces with their rival Magneto to battle a covert anti-mutant operation that targets all mutants in the world. As a die hard comic book fan, X2 hits all the right notes from the opening scene at the White House, when a mind-controlled Nightcrawler (wonderfully played by Alan Cummings) tries to assasinate the president to the thrilling assault on the X-mansion, where Wolverine cuts loose against some bad guys, to the super climax where Storm turns on the cold and Jean Grey lets loose with some major firepower. Oh yeah, this movie is awesome. The entire cast is rock solid including Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, and Famke Janssen. One of my all time favorites.
Some added comments is that when Stryker's soldiers attack the X-mansion, Wolverine and Colossus go to work, especially Wolverine. You get to see why he is the best at what he does, just ripping through the soldiers like they were nothing. I was like screaming hell yeah! mess them up Logan. As he states to one soldier before he takes him out "you broke into the wrong house bub." In fact that sequence has to be one of the best scenes in film history. Also Logan has a fantastic fight with Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu) for the film's climax.
Magneto gets to shine too once he gets in on the action and you can still see why he is one mutant you don't want to make mad. His breakout sequence is just awesome.
The introduction of Nightcrawler is a pure stroke of genius as his teleporting power is just so cool. And it looks amazing. And his scenes with Storm and Jean Grey are revealing and very inspiring. This is not just a comic book movie, it's a powerful film full of emotions and grand spectacle. And filled with lots of humor and inside jokes that every X-fan will get. I love the scene where Logan meets Nightcrawler for the first time and the teleporting mutant goes on proudly about his family history of circus entertainers.
X2 just delivers in every possible way, setting a new standard for comic book movies. In fact, years later after its release, it still holds better than ever. I love it more than Iron Man, and yes even more than The Dark Knight. It looks sensational on Blu-ray.
High praise indeed.