THE TIME HAS COME FOR THOSE WHO ARE DIFFERENT TO STAND UNITED.
For once the old cliché “bigger and better” is right on target. The story continues where the first movie left off and isolation and racism are once again themes. Don’t expect too many surprises in the story about a general (Brian Cox) who intends to destroy the mutants for personal reasons by making them use their own powers on themselves… but expect the best kind of blockbuster thrills. Toward the ending it’s easy to get a feeling that the movie would benefit from tighter editing, but there are still many memorable scenes. Hugh Jackman is very comfortable in the lead; his cool, irritable anti-hero Wolverine has shades of Indiana Jones.
2003-U.S. 134 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Ralph Winter, Lauren Shuler Donner. Directed by Bryan Singer. Screenplay: David Hayter, Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty. Music: John Ottman. Cast: Patrick Stewart (Charles ”Professor X” Xavier), Hugh Jackman (Logan/Wolverine), Ian McKellen (Eric ”Magneto” Lensherr), Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden… Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Anna Paquin.
Trivia: Followed by X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Last word: “I think some of the pressure was alleviated by the fact that fans, the core audience have supported the X-Men universe for 40 years, really embraced the first picture. There was some more time and money this time around, and I had a better sense of what I was doing, because I’d already established these characters and already cut my teeth in the genre. So, I felt a little less pressure and actually a little more freedom.” (Singer, IGN)