X2   Five Disembodied Jet Wolf Heads out of Five
"Phoenix in an updated costume or the classic? That's the true puzzle."
Viewed: Friday, 2 May 2003
Reviewed: Wednesday, 7 May 2003

Jet Wolf Says ...
This movie was about more than the excellent story and script, wonderful effects and superb performances. This was a movie that was made great by its moments.

Itís difficult to know where to begin with a movie review of X2. The X-Men have been dear friends for over a decade. To see them spring to life Ė in full, three-dimensional brilliance Ö well, itís almost enough to make you want to cheer for joy. Which was actually something I had to fight against in the theater.

Who among the friends of the Children of the Atom can honestly say that they werenít moved by such moments as finally hearing a ďBAMF!Ē, seeing Peter become Colossus, watching Wolvie go into berserker mode, or seeing that fire in Jeanís eyes? For us, this movie is two solid hours of bliss, as the things we have been dreaming about since childhood come to life before our very eyes.

So you will perhaps excuse my difficulty in stepping outside of my personal feelings and present an impartial, outsiders view.

X2 is one hell of a movie. It blends perfectly the characterization, story and action that I have come to expect (or did at one time) of the comic book. Does that make the movie perfect? No, of course not (and being the fangirl that I am, Iíll be hitting on the detailed pros and cons shortly). However the package as a whole was so utterly enjoyable that these flaws in no way detracted from my overall enjoyment.

I have to give Brian Singer all the credit in the world. As has been demonstrated so many painful times in the past, comic books simply do not automatically translate into wonderful movies. The penchant for melodrama, overacting and ridiculous costumes is sometimes a burden that is simply too heavy to overcome. But somehow, miraculously, he has done it, and has made me extremely happy in the process. Because as much as this movie is for anyone to enjoy with no prior knowledge (save the first movie), make no mistake: This is a movie for the fans. When you look at the broad scope of the X-Menís history and considering how bloody confusing it can be sometimes, this is no small feat.

The choice of story certainly has no small part to do with the movieís overall success. God Loves, Man Kills is a classic tale from the X-Menís distant past, written by the father of the modern X-Men, Chris Claremont. It was written to be a self-contained story, outside of the normal canon of the series. As a result, it was free from the occasionally daunting baggage that comes from an X-Story entrenched in history. And with the Claremont touch, it started out with the proverbial silver spoon in its mouth. But this movie was about more than the excellent story and script, wonderful effects and superb performances. This was a movie that was made great by its moments. Moments which I shall, of course, lovingly revist. Spoilers are, of course, very present.

But what's a pron without a con? X2 was not completely perfect, unfortunately. It had its share of problems, although I will be the first to say that these are nitpicks in the finest nitpicker tradition. Despite these little nits I have picked, this movie is fantastic. It's actually the first movie that I think I will pay to go see again. Is it the most thought provoking film you'll ever see? The most action-packed? Not at all. But it is one of the best blends of all these things and more. It's a tribute to all of us fans who secretly wish, deep down, that we were mutants too.

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