Possibly the 4th best film in the X-Men franchise. This was a very solidly made film. It still should have been rated R right out the gate, but they managed to do a good job here mostly. Great backstory and going to Japan- I always loved that Samurai aspect of re-discovering or finding ones true self and reclaiming an identity and becoming whole after finding ones self again. Executed well. Directed very well. Acted very well and written decently. The end is a bit standard fare and is slightly anticlimactic. The visual effects and fights are very good.
All punch and unfortunately, not enough time for the depth and substance the 3rd entry to the franchise deserved. The effects and action were good for its era, but it was waay too short and it felt so very rushed. Why?! This had always boggled my mind. In order to do justice to the Phoenix Saga you really need at the very least, one trilogy to tell the tale. Instead, not only did they do a Phoenix movie in a lottle over 90 minutes, but that in addition, they actually attempted to cram another story about mutants and the political/philosophical debate about accepting one's self of who you are or take a "cure" for it and remove it permanently to fit in, be normal and protect those around you ftom an unexpected mutant power going off and hurting an innocent person in that process. These two things should definetly be two seperate films. Big mistake. Over-all a disappointment with average dialogue and a very cool and good 2nd chapter in Jean Gray's home. That scene for me was the highlight. The first half of the movie was pretty good and the last half was a big, big disappointment.
Let me be very clear, I am a bias X-MEN diehard fan. In other words, I will always TRY to savor and look for and enjoy every moment I can from these films. Some of them are very well made films others are mediocre to just not very good. With that said, this is an elementary written script that is directed to an average degree. I appreciated them going back and telling Wolverine's origin story as a decently executed concept. I enjoyed the story of his girl friend and living in Northern Canada and I liked how he got his Claws.However, the plot and dialogue is pretty weak and, at times a bit unbelievable. The visual effects were a step down in spots throughout. The backstory between Wolverines' brother Victor and himself was interesting enough, but only by a hair. The screen play, again is the biggest problem. It is an enjoyable mess, yet still, Hugh Jackman is fantastic as Wolverine which is why it makes it slightly above average for me. This really, truly should have been rated R right out of the conception gate of approval.
One of the best super hero films made in the early 2000s and easily a top 3 best sequel to superhero films of that decade as well. Everything that was good about the 1st X men film was enhanced throughout this 2nd entry.
A solid 1st entry for the X-Men franchise. The visual effects have aged unfortunetly, but aside from this small glaring weakness, the whole film is mostly well acted .The film is directed very well by Bryan Singer. Mostly well cast. Magneto and Professor Charles Xavier are played brilliantly by two excellent actors Ian McClellan and Patrick Stewart. Wolverine was very well cast as Hugh Jackman. The film does feel slightly dated and had very muted color palette. They did a very solid job of executing a grounded feel and brought a natural realism to this world.