Re-Watch: X2 (2003)

Director: Bryan Singer
Writer: David Hayter, Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris
Based on: The Marvel Comics series
Sequel to: X-Men
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Kelly Hu

The Mutant Registration Act is still a very distinct possibility and threatens the mutants’ existence. And then a new mutant – Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) – attempts to kill the president and almost succeeds, adding further fuel to the debate. The retired Colonel Stryker (Brian Cox) is leading among the people against mutants and uses the assassination attempt as an excuse to attack Professor X’s (Patrick Stewart) school with knowledge he gained from drugging Magneto (Ian McKellen).

X2 is the rare case where the sequel is actually better than the first film (even though the first film wasn’t bad). It’s enjoyable as hell.

Right on the surface, X2 has already two huge advantages over X-Men. One, it finally puts Wolverine into that wifebeater for long stretches of time. It is difficult to imagine anything sexier. And two, it has Nightcrawler. And not only Nightcrawler but Alan Cumming as Nightcrawler. It’s wonderful.

But even when you don’t take that into account, X2 is the better film. It doesn’t have to concentrate on world-building anymore, instead it just forges ahead with the story and draws you in.

And in Stryker they just really have a formidable opponent. Brian Cox does his absolute best and his best is brilliant. And I don’t think I have to mention the rest of the cast anymore, do I? We all know that they are so wonderful, they even make the crappy lines and plotholes work (and of that there are some).

Makes me seriously consider rewatching X-Men 3, though I know that this movie sucks extremely hard. That’s how good X2 is – you just don’t want it to be done yet.

Summarising: Hell yeah.

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