Thursday, May 2, 2013

United They Stood

Director Bryan Singer’s mutant superhero smorgasbord X2: X-Men United touched down in theaters on this date in 2003. Mulling over the film a decade later, Spencer Perry gives high marks to actors Brian Cox, Ian McKellen, and Alan Cummings as well as some of the comic book-inspired action:

“Nightcrawler’s initial attack on the White House is a grand entrance to the movie. It’s suspenceful and exciting and the effects look great 10 years later.”

Much of his disappointed, however, rests on the performances of Halle Berry (Storm), Famke Janssen (Jean Grey), and James Marsden (Cyclops):

“Why did these characters not get their due diligence? There are decades worth of stories to take inspiration from yet these three are so bland and stilted that the only link between them and their comic book basis are their names.”

(Image: Ian McKellen as Magneto strikes a Darth Vader-like pose in X2: X-Men United, 20th Century Fox)

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