(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
SW SCORE: 43
4.5 out of 5 🐙
The best opening action scene in any comic book movie. Bryan Singer is responsible for two of the greatest. The other is the Quiksilver scene in the brilliant X-Men: Days of Future Past. I don’t know if Singer or his DP or some other technical savant on his crew is responsible. It’s probably a combination of all three. It’s magic. After X-Men proved its box office worth, X2 got a lot more funding and Singer had a lot more magic to work with. It’s the rare sequel that’s better than the original. The same dynamic played out between Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2. X2 itself is a blast that starts out with the aforementioned amazing intro and just keeps on delivering. It’s just a complete blast.
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)