General thoughts? I find that the casting is somewhat marvelous, they got every character right. If you look at it today, a couple of effect are somewhat silly, but considering it is still a lot more enjoyable then many movies that came out recently. It doesn't contain unnecessary CGI, or anything extra that the comic fans might dislike - meaning they didn't add any movie cliches just for the everyday viewer. To sum up, imdb's 7.4 rating is more than fair!
Before I begin, please let me point out that I hate these posters. I just don't get them! Well, I do partially. Let's put the girl with the Oscar and the guy with the biggest fan base in history on top, that is simply an honest marketing strategy, but really... Storm? She doesn't do shit in this movie! Her only contribution is helping Nightcrawler, and he is the fundamental one! I also don't understand on what basis were the characters divided, seeing that Rogue and Magneto appear on both versions! I find that ones who actually contribute to the story are somewhat pushed to the bottom... Why? Who knows.
General thoughts? I can tell you that you will hardly find anyone who's favorite X-Men movie is other than this one. People love it, and I can see why. The first movie laid some pretty thick and strong stones on which the writers and directors could build on and they did so wonderfully. How? Not simply because it is a great sequel, but because it stands on its own as well. The first movie is needed for those who don't originally know the comics or the characters, but for those who do, this one brings them closer. Again the casting is wonderful, the story is very enjoyable, and we get the chance to see more characters that we love. It probably is the best of four (so far!).
character in the third movie. Although he didn't have a story and barely spoke... never mind!
As the Nostalgia Critic claimed that this is one of his guilty pleasures, I have to say it is one of mine too. It really is bad, from the point that it wouldn't stand alone and even with the other too it isn't strong enough, but I look at it as more of my favorite characters in a movie and I love it.
Oh, yes, one of the many new favorites. I had the fortune to see this in the theater and it is a good one indeed! Biggest problem? It is claimed to be a prequel to the others, but it really isn't.
Although the Professor has become iconic with his wheelchair, you still have to wonder, what was he like before that? Or, how can the most genuine hearted Professor be such a good friend with Magneto, who resembles a homicidal maniac? And why is he like that? Where does this pain and constant anger come from? How did he get to be with Mystique? How did Hank McCoy become the Beast? And so on. Of course, if you read the comics you know the answers to all of these, but let's assume you don't, or even if you do, you'd like to see it on screen. Where, here you go!
General thoughts? I always love movies that use existing historical events and alter them in a funny way, for example did you know that the cuban missile crisis was actually Kevin Bacon's fault? I didn't think so. You finally get to discover many of the characters who's interesting and unique background story was taken for granted in the other movies. I personally found that I can relate to both Magneto and Professor more now that I have a sense of who they are and why they really fight for what they fight for. Another story line that I hope will be continued is that on the bad guys side we had a mutant by the name of Azazel, who is Nightcrawler's father, and in the old X-Men cartoon we were told that Mystique is his mother... I would love for this tale to be included in the following sequels, if they make a sequel. Two awesome cameos by Wolverine - Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn is included and the casting was once again well done. I was lucky to have seen it in the theater, but you should check it out just the same!
Coming up next is "Why should you enjoy X-Men Origins: Wolverine in spite of public opinion". Until then!