X-MenIn the near future, humans and mutants are in living in one world. But the mutants are being feared. Senator Robert Kelly wants to pull through a mutant registration system in which mutants have to reveal there identity and there powers. Mutant Professor Xavier wants that people and mutants live in peace and raised a special school for it. Magneto, a mutant that have survived a concentration camp, see many parallels and hates the humans because of it. Het sees only one option. Get rit of the humans. Xavier tries to stop him with the powerful mutants Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey, before it's too late.
To prepare for Wolverine, the first X-Men movie went in. I've seen this one before and as a fan of the animation series, it remains a great superhero movie.
The story is well build up. It is mostly an introduction from all the characters (with Wolverine and Rogue in center). But it's all very well done with some very interesting scenes. Especially when you realise how many characters are shown. But with Bryan Singer on board (from The Usual Suspects) that's no surprise. There is also a lot of humor and it is a joy to recognize the many things the movie has to offer. The fights are great and their powers are used very well. It's cool to watch and the special effects are fantastic. The only thing I thought was less good, is that some are probably dead. It is never really confirmed, but I find it sad when mutants die.
The action is just very good. Almost every mutant seems to be born for their mutant counterpart. So many fantastic roles. McKellen is brilliant, Stewart is excellent (also great to see the respect between the two), Jackman just is Wolverine and I'm very glad that our Dutch pride, Famke Janssen, is fantastic as Jean Grey, same for our other dutch lady Rebecca Romijn as Mystique. Ray Park as Toad is great and appearantly they changed his character in the comics to Park's liking in the movie. Anna Paquin is super as Rogue, I was a bit surprised that I didn't have to get used to her age. Especially because I was used to her as a grown up in the animation serie. By the non mutants was Bruce Davison fantastic as Senator Kelly.
Too bad that some X-Men are missing. Especially the lack of Gambit and Beast is a shame. But this is just the first movie. Would be very crowded when everyone would just show up. Roles that are ok, but not as good as the others are James Marsden as Cyclops, Halle Berry as Storm and Tyler Mane as Sabretooth. For some reason, I just couldn't get into their parts. Maybe because they don't get enough time. Everytime I saw Storm, I saw Berry. That shouldn't happen, but it did. Sabretooth was more funny than threathning and I was never a big fan of Cyclops but his love/hate relationship with Wolverine brings some very funny scene's.
It is great to see some small mutants to be. Iceman, Pyro, Shadowcat and my favorite, Jubilee. Too bad it are just small shots (except Iceman). But you can't show all mutants at ones.
So in short, a great superhero movie. I enjoyed it a lot.
---X2After the events on the Statue of Liberty, everything appears to go back to normal again. Wolverine investigate his past, the young mutants are getting used to the school and Professor Xavier and Cyclops visit Magneto in prison. But that all changes when a mutant get into the White House and almost kills the president, Magneto escapes and the school gets under attack by William Stryker, a scientist that experiments on mutants. He captures some mutants and the X-Men do everything to stop Stryker.
I enjoyed this sequel a lot too. The action and the mutants are great again. In the first part it was mostly about the grown ups and Rogue, now the young ones come into play. Especially Iceman and Pyro (really cool) who play a big part. I was very happy to see Colossous but it's a shame that we hardly see Kitty Pryde and Jubilee. The last one had a great deleted scene, but unfortunatly it got deleted. But it is just great to see al the mutants again and how there powers are being used. Also fun stuff like Wolverine wanting a cold drink or encounters a cat.
There are some new mutants. Nightcrawler was fun, but my favorite was Lady Deathstrike. Her fight with Wolverine was absolutely fantastic. Especially because Kelly Hu clearly shows that she doesn't do this out of free will. I hated the ending because I would have loved to see more of her in a next installment.
The old cast is just a strong as in the first movie. But where I didn't like Halle Berry as Storm, I thought she was great now. Maybe because they gave her more attention or it was because of her shorter hair. I don't know, but I liked it this time. Of course the others are just great and most of them just are the mutants they portray. The only one I still didn't like was Cyclops. I don't know why, but it never was my favorite mutant and I couldn't get into his part in this movie either.
But other than that I enjoyed it a lot. A captivating story, lots of great action and wonderful fights, a nice sense of humor, great acting and fatastic mutants. I want more.
---X-Men: The Last StandThe discovery of a controversial drugs devide the mutant world. The drugs take away their powers and make them regular people. Some people like that idea and just want to live a normal life. Others doesn't want to know anything about it. Magneto even sees it as a threat from humanity to eliminate mutants entirely and go out for war. With lots of mutants and a very dangerous ally on his side. The X-Men try everything to stop him, before it's too late.
This is the third, but hopefully not the final part. I want more and looking at the ending, there just have to be a new installment. Lots of people were very negative about this movie. But I don't really know why. It's not perfect, but it is very good.
Naturally, there are some new mutants being introduced or they get more time in comparison to the first two movies. Kelsey Grammer is brilliant as Beast. He is great and I never had the feeling that I was watching Frasier. Ellen Page is very good as Kitty Pryde. It is also great too see more of Colossus. The bad guys also have some new ones. Vinnie Jones is cool as Juggernaut, but it takes some time getting used to him. In the animation serie he is hige, but now he is less impressive. He is cool though: "Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaut, bitch!". Eric Dane is also fantastic as Multiple Man. That face of his, wonderful.
Also the older cast returns. I can copy all the praise I gave from the earlier reviews. Some are born for there role and Ian McKellen steals the show again. Halle Berry is even better then in X2 (with even shorter hair which looks fantastic on her). Our Dutch pride Famke Janssen is brilliant. She is evil, but clearly shows that there is still good in her. The story also revolves around here and she handles that very well.
The CGI, the fights and the way the powers are shown, it looked great again. There are some fantastic scenes. Most memorable is the one in which Magneto uses the Golden Gate Bridge. Absolutely awesome. But also the fights with Grey look great and the showdown between Pyro and Iceman was fantastic. A true spectacle.
However, the movie is way too short (almost 30 minutes shorter than X2). Because of this, the story and some characters doesn't get enough attention. For example, there is the introduction of Angel (Archangel), but it isn't well worked out. He appears and diseappers. It's a real shame because they build him up really well, just to throw it away.
But what I find the worst part about the movie is that so many mutants died or lose their powers. I'm not happy with that because it is so difficult to see them back again and some are pretty important and were in the earlier movies. Thankfully the fantastic ending leaves a door open to the fourth part. I can't wait for that and in the meantime, we can look forward to the Origins serie.
So even though the many bad points of the movie, makes it the least of the three, it certainly isn't a bad movie. I thought it was pretty good, but it could have been so much better. Especially story wise.