X-Men 2 – Chris Stuckmann

Chris Stuckmann reviews X-Men 2.

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Quick, funny reviews of movies and games, new and old.


  1. I’m not sure which movie I like more: the first or this one. Also, I never thought about the whole ensemble aspect of this movie. You’re totally right. They did do it first. Still, yeah, I’m so glad that the X-Men movies are still going. I’m not sick of that franchise yet.

  2. Agree this is the best X Men film to date though I haven’t seen Logan yet.

    One thing I don’t think many critics want to mention is that Supermodel Rebbecca Romjin is arguably a better Mystique than Academy darling Jennifer Lawrence. Nothing Against Lawrence, but Rebbecca made every movement primal and seductive which made up for her lack of experience as a dramatic or action star.

    • The Real Silverstar

      No argument from me; J-Law was a terrible Mystique IMO. (The only character in the First Class films that I liked less than her was Nicholas Hoult’s Beast. Nothing on Mr. Hoult, but his portrayal of Hank was all wrong; they totally and utterly screwed up my favorite X-Man.) Lawrence’s portrayal was more Katniss than Mystique; the First Class continuity completely screwed up her character and back story, plus Lawrence hated the blue makeup so much that the writers had to come up with more and more contrived reasons for her to only be seen as the blue lady 1 or 2 times. I hope we can all stop pretending Mystique is a hero or was ever an X-Man now.

      • Snorgatch Pandalume

        I can get behind that. Hoult’s Beast wasn’t just a brilliant biochemist and geneticist, he was also apparently a computer genius who designed and built Cerebro, and an aeronautical engineer who designed and built a supersonic VTOL aircraft in 1962, something that still doesn’t exist 55 years later. Oh, and he was an ace pilot, too. Give me a break.

  3. Nightcrawler a Jar-Jar? How? In the World? Did they come up with that comparison?

    I felt that Nightcrawler was a good character. He was somewhat tragic, given that he is essentially this devout Catholic who takes his own repentance very seriously, even though he is in this demonic looking form. While I have seen some portrayals of him that captured that well, I can’t say that this one missed the boat at all on that.

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen the film, but I just don’t remember Kurt coming across as some sort of Jar-Jar.

  4. I don’t think they did the essemble thing well. Like, at all.

    The only storyline that has any deeper meaning and payoff in the context of the movie, is the one concerning Wolverine (just like in the first movie). Nightcrawler, Iceman, Mystique, Professor X have cool scenes and all, but thats’ the problem: they are just scenes – they come and go, and the characters remain as superficial as before.

    “Last Stand” and “First Class” are the only movies in the series that actually focussed on more than one character.

  5. Daniel Brizuela

    This was my first X-Men film. Awesome and fun.

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