X2: X-Men United (2003) (mini-review++)

x2.png(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)

acting 8

directing 8

effects 10

editing 9

writing 8


4.5 out of 5 šŸ™


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 šŸ™, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feelingā€¦not that SW score is scientificā€¦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)


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