X2: X-Men United
Quick Take: The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President`s life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.
Torifanís review: The X-Men series appeals to me because itís got deeper meanings than your ordinary Super Hero series. Sure, Spiderman had teenage angst (somewhat), and Batman was so very dark, but the X-Men series is all about feeling accepted for who you are, and equality among all of us. I like that theme because it goes hand in hand with what I believe about our world. I live in a fantasy world a lot of the time, Iíve been told. I agree; as a kid and a teenager, fantasy was what helped me get through the worst. I saw reality from the very start of my life, in its harshest form (I was a sick child; long story there), and all I ever wanted to do was escape. So I like it when movies provide just the right amount of reality and fiction.
X-Men 2 blew me away with the special effects. I am a special effects nut: I grew up on the very best in special effects (that would be ILM; the masters of special effects) and I go nuts over great special effects. This movie had some of the best Iíve seen in a long time. Interesting direction too... I like unique camera angles and such. This movie had a good pace, and was even better than its predecessor. Iíd say the Summer Movie Season got started with a bang.
Some new characters were introduced in this filmÖ I kept waiting for The Incredible Clown to show up (oh wait, thatís not an X-Men character, thatís me!) or The Cracker (Dang, me again!) ...but seriously, I loved Alan Cumming. Heís a cutie. But my favorite character of them all, Dr. Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) has an interesting plot developmentÖ which I wonít blow here... but it is cool. An X-Men comic reader filled me in on the character... cool stuff! Canít wait for part three... So, go see it!