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X2: X-Men United
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Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Kiddie Movie: Not too young.
Date Movie: She might actually like it.
Gratuitous Sex: Mystique gets a little freaky.
Gratuitous Violence: Some pretty intense scenes.
Action: Lots and lots.
Laughs: Some cute one-liners.
Memorable Scene: Jean Grey near the end.
Memorable Quote: Wolverine right before his fight with Deathstrike:  "Oh shit."
Directed By: Bryan Singer
Produced By: Lauren Shuler Donner, Ralph Winter

X2: X-Men United
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 2:15 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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.

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 Nightcrawler.

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!!!


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