X2: X-Men United
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Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Hugh Jackman, Anna
Paquin, Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan
20th Century Fox
||Not too young.
||She might actually
||Mystique gets a
||Lots and lots.
||Jean Grey near the
before his fight with Deathstrike: "Oh shit."
||Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter
Leaving "X2: X-Men United" I thought one thing: How
cool would it be to have Mystique as your girlfriend, especially after
seeing the scene of her in the tent of Wolverine? One night you could
say "Hey Baby, how about a little Famke Janssen tonight?" The next
night "Hey Baby, how about a little Rebecca Romijn-Stamos tonight?"
The next night "Hey Baby, how about a little Halle Berry tonight?"
Then of course there is the "Hey Baby, how about just being your
freaky blue self tonight?" That would be so cool! And, oh yea, "X2"
really kicked ass.
X2: X-Men United
A Movie Review
This sequel brings back most of our favorites
from the original, Wolverine, the good Professor, Magneto, Jean Grey,
Storm, Mystique, etc., and then adds a few more in lead roles, namely
Pyro, Nightcrawler, Iceman, and Deathstrike. This time the problem for
the X-Men isnít the mutants fighting each other, nope, we get a
vengeful William Stryker, scientist and military man, who has found a
way to destroy all of the mutants at one shot. He convinces the
President to invade Professor Xavierís school, although the President
isnít aware of all of Strykerís plans, and now all of the mutants must
work together to save their species, but do you really trust Magneto
in the end?
Iím not going to give much more of the story away mostly because in
doing so much of the coolness and fun of the movie will be lost, nor
will I expose the probable set-up for the next movie in the series (I
didnít get it at first, but thanks to The Dude on the Left, a comic
book geek, I see it now Ė but donít worry, even without the comic book
knowledge, the ending still works), but just lead things to say that
as much as the younginís will like the cool action, the mutants with
the fun things they can do, and the fight scene between Wolverine and
Deathstrike, "X2" does have a story with a deeper meaning than mutants
against mutants, or mutants against normal humans so you might
actually think about a few things as the movie goes on.
"X2" expands on the first movie with a much better story and seems
to rely more on the actors being able to bring the characters to life
rather than special effects taking the lead. You tend to understand
the depths of the characters more, like the relationship of Jean Grey
with Wolverine and Cyclops, as well as understand Stormís anger and
her coming to terms with a few things thanks to the faith of
With that my recommendation is to go and see "X2: X-Men United",
pay full price and buy lots of popcorn. You donít need to be a comic
book fan to understand it, and even if you didnít see the first movie
I think youíll be able to pick things up pretty quickly as to the
challenges the mutants face. Just sit back and enjoy if you arenít a
comic geek, and if you are that geek, other than a few stretching of
the original X-Men story lines, I think youíll enjoy the film just as
much as the comics. 5 stars out of 5 for "X2: X-Men United."
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!