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X-Men was one of the first franchises to start the recent superhero bombardment in Hollywood. After 11 years and 5 movies, the look and feel of the franchise has been inconsistent to say the least. Nevertheless, I’ve always found myself wanting to see the latest installment and being entertained after screening the films. I know a lot of people will not agree with this list, but here we go. 

1. X2 (2003)

With the major leap in special effects from the first, and a richer mutant environment, X2 feels like the most complete and fleshed out X-Men movie. While the metaphors for real political and moral issues in other X-Men movies are abundant and exhausting, X2 subtly laces the theme throughout the movie.

2. X-Men (2000)

This was a great introduction to the characters of the X-Men universe. Unfortunately, it set the precedent that Wolverine was the face of the franchise and put him in the spotlight in every subsequent movie. The best part of the film was the dark and gritty environment, one where the X-Men movies could thrive in. The worst part of the movie is after the great introductions of characters, the plot slumps and seems like it was pulled straight from a 30 min cartoon episode (which some may like).

3. X-Men:First Class (2011)

The latest installment examines the depth and complexity of Charles and Erik. It seems to set up an arc that could be a great foundation and starting over point for future movies. First Class seems to do a great job of adding more new and unique mutants to the family but that’s were it also falls short. With so many new characters, it has a hard time trying making the audience connect with this group on an individual level. First Class is a great improvement from the past 2 movies; the future seems promising.

4. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

When this movie came out I really enjoyed it, but the more I watch, the more it lacks. First, I think the movie is just too short compared to any other X-Men movie. Second, it under-utilized certain key characters that it introduces, especially Angel, who probably appears for about 3 min total. This is a good action film, but falls short of the complexity in the X-Men universe.  On a side note, when this flick first came out I thought the Beast’s make-up was pretty amazing, but now after First Class has arrived, his character looks better than ever.

5. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

This film just falls flat in every aspect. The writing was poor, the special effects were cheesy, and Gambit was hardly noticeable in the movie. The only thing that made this movie okay, besides some good action sequences, was Liev Schreiber’s performance as Sabretooth. Two years before this movie came out it was said that an Origins: Magneto movie was on deck; I’m still waiting. . .


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