Thursday, June 23, 2011
It's almost as if Bryan Singer was waiting to bring out the goods, offering a tasty hors d'oeuvre with the first X-Men and then, after watering our mouths, bringing a full on main course worthy of prizes and honor. X2 exceeds the original in every way. It's more fun, it has great, unobtrusive humor, its action is minimal yet outstanding, its characters are more understood, and most importantly it challenges the viewer with its intelligence. It's easily one of the best superhero movies ever made, fully creating something new rather than recalling a thing better from the past. Seeing the movie again, I was struck that I was not only seeing X-Men's The Empire Strikes Back, but a movie that is actually close to being that film's equal.