Dipping back into movies for this something different I thought I would look at the XMen Movies that have been around since around 2000, there has been around 11 films to date. XMen movies are about a group of super heroes led by Professor X with the other main characters being Magneto, Wolverine, Storm, Mystique and Cyclops. Overall they are a bit of a mixed bag of films but here is my take on the movies in my order of preference.
This remains my favourite XMen movie and the one that introduced the characters and was just a very good fun movie. Directed by Bryan Singer and starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Hally Berry, Ian McKellen. The film introduced all the main characters giving them all a mini story which worked really well but the main focus was on Wolverine and Rogue up against Magneto. It’s a good introduction to the movies and a film I have watched a few times.
Again Directed by Bryan Singer and maintaining all of the main characters while introducing a couple of new ones this film follows Wolverine trying to find out more about his past as the team come up against the Brotherhood, and against the genocidal Colonel William Stryker (Brian Cox). He leads an assault on Professor Xavier’s school to build his own version of Xavier’s mutant-tracking computer Cerebro, in order to destroy every mutant on Earth, and to save the human race from them. Brian Cox is outstanding in this film and really is an excellent actor, being from Dundee even better if you ask me. This is a good film and once I had seen it I couldn’t wait for the third film.
XMen First Class (2011)
First Class was both a prequel to the XMen story and a re-boot of the franchise. The film starred James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, and Nicolas Hoult as Beast with Keven Bacon as Sabastian Shaw (the baddie who set Magneto on his path). The film is based around how it all started and the Cuban Missile Crisis. I wasn’t expecting a lot from this film but I really enjoyed it a lot and got into it a great deal. Well worth a watch.
Xmen: Days of Future Past (2014)
The sequel to first class and moving the films into the 70s. This film focuses on two time periods (the future and the past), with Wolverine travelling back in time to 1973 to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants in the future. This film saw the return of a few of the original actors and works really well in what could have been a mess as the story is a little complicated.
XMen Origins: The Wolverine (2009)
As the title suggested this film is a prequal of sorts as it explains the back story to Wolverine, Hugh Jackman continuing in the role. The film also concentrates on Wolverines relationship with his brother and their violent pasts. I wasn’t sure if I would like this film but it’s decent, there are some story line issues in the film like the introduction of Deadpool near the end that strayed far too far from the comics for some fans but a good film overall.
XMen Apocalypse (2016)
The third First Class film and the weakest of the three to be honest. All the main characters return but the story regarding the XMen battling a reawakened ancient mutant just didn’t work all that well for me overall but I still liked most of it. The action is good and the greater focus on the Jean Grey character. Its not a bad film, it’s just not a great film but worth a watch.
Maybe a controversial place on my list as the film received good critical reviews and is a good film overall. The film is based in an alternate bleak future, it follows an older Wolverine and an extremely ill Professor X defending a young mutant named Laura from the villainous Reavers and Alkali-Transigen led by Donald Pierce and Zander Ric. This is possibly the version of the character that the fans wanted the most from the Old Man Logan comics and while it is an alternative universe, is a far harder hitting film in regards to language and tone but it doesn’t really fit into the style of the earlier movies for me and just feels different. Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart are excellent in the film and as I said it’s good, I’m just not sure where it fits.
The Wolverine (2013)
Hugh Jackman back in another Wolverine movie and a sequel to Origins where Wolverine travels to Japan, he finds an old acquaintance which becomes a struggle that has lasting consequences. Logan loses his healing powers and must battle deadly samurai while struggling with guilt over Jean Grey’s death. The film is true to the comics which pleased the hard core fans but overall the film felt like a filler movie to me but it’s ok and worth a watch.
XMen The Last Stand (2006)
The third in the original series of films and one of the worst if you ask me. This films is based around a “mutant cure” that causes serious trouble among mutants and humans, and the resurrection of Jean Grey. The films gives some insight into the Jean Gray origin story line and again pits Professor X against Magneto with Wolverine being an important character through out as he is in all of the movies to date. For me this is one of the worst XMen movies, it’s a mess and all over the place and I actually try to ignore that it was ever made as it nearly ruins the whole thing. Not a good film at all.
Basically this film follows Wade Wilson a former soldier who has a terminal illness and he meets a recruiter offering an experimental cure for his cancer. The cure doesn’t take hold and when he mocks the recruiter he s left in the cure chamber too long and ends up becoming Deadpool. My placing of the film at the bottom of my list will be controversial as this film is many fans number one of all XMen movies but I just didn’t like it. It’s too tongue in cheek, too much bad language for language sake that just gets boring after about 15 minutes and I just could not get into it at all. The action is good and it is a character that is suited to Ryan Reynolds but I just don’t like it. There has since been a sequel but I haven’t seen it and probably won;t.
Anyway that’s my take on XMen.