X2: X-Men United (USA, 2003)

MV5BNDk0NjYxMzIzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMTc1MjU3._V1_SX640_SY720_Directed by: Bryan Singer. The saga continues. Again, with Bryan Singer, this franchise is really smart. They did so many good things in this sequel: they found an interesting villain—Brian Cox!—a twisted army scientist instead of just another jacked-up supervillain, they united the heroes with their old foes from the last movie, which is really interesting, and they introduced Nightcrawler into the mix, who is like the coolest character in the whole X-universe. The only drawback that really bothered me was that they had to spend so much time working on the other subplots—Wolverine-Jean-Scott; Bobby and Rogue; Wolverine and Stryker; Magneto and his whole thing; even a bit of Storm and Nightcrawler—that poor Patrick Stewart is left to sort of…sit around…and be brainwashed for the whole movie. But then again, Professor X was never the most exhilarating dude. This was where I stopped watching in the theaters, so I’m really anxious to see how they wrap it up. The tension is huge! For those of us in the know, it really really looks like they’re setting up the Dark Phoenix story from the comics. But I digress.

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