Patrick McGinlay's Internet Tendency

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April 28, 2003

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Another day, another comic book movie. Luckily, this one's better than "Daredevil", which, I've decided, was let down by the mask Affleck wore BAMF

BAMF world. Unfortunately, the general public regards them as dangerous freaks, and the X-Men spend as much of their time fighting for their right to not be government-registered, bar-coded and experimented on with pointy things as they do fighting bad guys.

It kind of makes sense that people would be afraid of them -- they have some wacky powers. Cyclops can fire mega-destructo lasers from his eyes. Nightcrawler can BAMF

BAMF they could only improve on what already has been put into play plus one of my favourite characters, Nightcrawler, was appearing. I was all ready for BAMFing goodness.

The film finally takes us to the core of the X-Men comics, the good mutants fight as a team to stop some crazed army man from doing bad. The last film lacked this action as it was focused more on the characters but this film lets loose with some berserker Wolverine action and some very excellent X-Jet flying.

Much like the comics, the film uses humour to BAMF

BAMF X-Men, more fighting and more "team spirit". My favourite bits, as a comic geek, were the bits where you see the young X-Men manifesting their powers ("Fuck -- it's Siryn!").

There's a lot of action, there's more actual character stuff, there's some witty gags that come off, and Wolverine kills many more people. I don't think there's anything to top the opening scene of the first movie (where a young Magneto manifests his powers as his parents are led away to their deaths by Nazi troops) in terms of pure gravity, but still all this good stuff, and very few awkward moments.



I love the X-Men and was glad when the first movie was not a complete raping of the comic book. This film started the craze of comic film adaptations that we are now seeing, so we were all very excited when the X2 preview came in, because BAMF

BAMF the BAMF noises that Nightcrawler makes when he teleports in the comics sound more like SWWF noises here.

And for some reason, they got rid of Storm's African accent this time around. Okay, it wasn't that great of an accent on Halle Berry's part, but one of the nice things about the X-Men comics is that they have team members from all over the world, and this is not really reflected in the movies. Everybody's just American. Why, just look at this quick chart:

MOVIE STORM: African, then American



MOVIE SIRYN: Dunno, actually

At least Nightcrawler's still German.

Obviously these are pretty piddling problems. This film is definitely an improvement on its predecessor, X-Men (1999), which, as director Bryan Singer puts it, "was almost like a preview for X2" (there he goes calling it X2 again). Thing is, you really should have seen the first movie if you want to "get" what's going on, although they do insert lots of bits of helpful catch-up dialogue throughout.

This film felt like a real X-Men story, by virtue of there being more BAMF

BAMF which made him look like he was cross-eyed. If you're gonna wear a mask, make it a full one or don't bother.

Anyway, this film is the second one based on the characters and stories found in Marvel's flagship comic book title "The X-Men" (the first issue of which came out in 1963), about a powerful telepath, Professor Charles Xavier, who gathers other genetic mutants to his School For Gifted Youngsters and teaches them to use their powers for the betterment of the BAMF

BAMF teleport around. And Xavier himself has such mental power as to be able to kill everyone on Earth with his brain. Which brings us to "X2".

I'm not sure why they insist on calling the film "X2" (even in the opening titles!), but it's one of the few things that annoys me about the film. Another main thing is that BAMF

BAMF defuse some of the more intense moments and mixes nicely with the major themes of tolerance and acceptance of those who are different from us, which was why Stan Lee started this comic series in the first place.

A sequel that may be better than the original.

X-Men: *****

X-MEN 2 (X2)
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Alan Cumming, Kelly Hu, Brian Cox
Release Date: April 30, 2003
Rated: M
Running Time: 120 minutes
Showing: Fucking everywhere


This is the NIGHTCRAWLER version of our X2 review. If you would like something a little more vanilla and straightforward, try the CYCLOPS edition.


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