“X2: X-Men United”

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MARVEL MOVIE MADNESS REVIEW: “X2: X-Men United” stars Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables [2012], Chappie), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation [TV series], Match), Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Golden Compass), Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, Braveheart), Famke Janssen (The Chameleon, Goldeneye), Halle Berry (Frankie & Alice, The Call), James Marsden (Hop, Robot & Frank), Anna Paquin (True Blood [TV series], Scream 4), Rebecca Romijn (The Librarians [TV series], The Con Artist), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife [TV series], Burlesque), Shawn Ashmore (The Day, The Following [TV series]), Aaron Stanford (The Hills Have Eyes [2006], Nikita [TV series]), and Kelly Hu (The Scorpion King, Cradle 2 the Grave). It is directed by Brian Singer (Jack the Giant Slayer, Valkyrie). With fear of war against the humans, Xavier (Stewart) and his mutants yet again face another problem when an unknown teleporting mutant known as Nightcrawler (Cumming) storms the White House and almost kills the President. Because of this event, it has forced the President to agree for a scientist to study these mutants and take them in. This scientist’s name? William Stryker (Cox). The same man who experimented on Wolverine (Jackman) and made him who he is today. Even though the President wants a peaceful transaction with these mutants, Stryker has a much more devious plan in mind: learn how to kill all of the mutants in existence. It is up to the X-Men to stop Stryker before their very existence is gone forever.

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I really enjoyed this movie. To be honest, I thought it was better than the first one. Having established their main characters and continuing on with some story arcs, “X2: X-Men United” is a well-rounded movie that is just fun to watch. The story is more interesting than the first, with them introducing new characters and digging deeper into Xavier’s school. They also get into Wolverine’s past, which is always cool to watch. I like the new characters they’ve introduced: Nightcrawler and John (Stanford). Their powers are awesome and the special effects that come with them are great. You also get to see some powers of the kids at Xavier’s school and there is a variety. The acting is great in this with everyone doing a very good job at portraying their character. I haven’t seen Alan Cumming in a movie since “Son of the Mask” so it was good to actually see him in a more serious role. Besides the acting, the action scenes are thrilling to watch and the special effects that come with them are great and better than the first movie. Even though this movie was better than the first, I still have some issues with it. The first would be how some scenes do not make sense. The ending is a good example. I won’t spoil anything, but it has to do with what Jean Grey (Janssen) does. It really made no sense to end that way and you can nit-pick at the decision made by the writers. The last con would have to be how this movie can drag in some spots. It takes a while to fully jump-start into the actiony, try-to-stop-the-villain feel when you are watching the beginning. In the end, this movie is very good and if you liked the first movie, you’ll definitely feel the same way about this one! I recommend anyone to check this sequel out! FINAL SCORE: 87%= Juicy Popcorn

Here is the trailer:

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