I think this might be the first time I’ve reviewed a new entry in a film series after having done a complete film season. Back when X-Men First Class was released I led up to it by reviewing all the X-Men films. Watching this series is much like being a gambling addict. You start of neutral and then your up, but before your know it your way down and you stay down but then your up again… but you know you could fall at any minute. The real danger comes when you keep getting up and keep feeling better, because after that come inevitable, crushing failure. The Wolverine manages to maintain the momentum started with X-Men First Class. This makes me worry about Days Of Future Past. But let us worry about that later. For now, click the link below to read what I thought of The Wolverine.
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Yeah, I made that title more awkward than was needed. Anyway, here’s the trailer for The Wolverine. A sequel to a film that probably shouldn’t have been made. My views on X-Men Origins: Wolverine are pretty much that I can watch it but it’s really weak and messy. It’s not X-Men 3 bad, it’s just normal bad. But hey, at least Ryan Reynolds was cool for the 30 seconds he was in it, right? Anyway, click the link for the trailer for a film that is already looking like an improvement.
So I’ve just read an amazing piece of news. Apparently Brett Ratner thinks X-Men 3 is a better film than X-Men First Class because it made more money in it’s weekend. I think I have a few things to say about that after the jump
So here it is. The end of the first themed weekend on The Film Dump. I’ve gone through the goodness of X-Men 1 and 2, and then trudged through the hell of X-Men 3 and the mediocrity of the Wolverine movie and now I’m here, at X-Men First Class. Literally just got back from watching it so here we go.
Well there’s only one film left to go in this series of reviews after I’m done here and that is, of course, X-Men First Class. They say that all journeys have their ups and downs. That to reach the light we must first go through the darkness… or some hippy crap like that. We’ve certainly been through the darkness with X-Men The Last Stand (Still can’t believe how long I made that review, really sorry) and now we have, well more darkness. But you know what? Wolverine isn’t as bad a film as X-Men 3. It’s certainly not as bad as many people would have you believe. It’s dumb as feck but it’s not a total car crash. So, on with the review I guess.
So you’re in charge of a major movie franchise, The last 2 films were hits with the second blowing everything out of the water success wise. You’ve hit a snag though. The director of the first 2 films has a prior engagement and has literally thrown the script for the third film in the bin. He’s asking for the time to go make this other film he has lined up and then come back and do the usually risky third part of the series properly when he’s back. What do you do? Miss a summer release opportunity but with the pay off that you know the film will likely be very good when made and bring in a ton of cash or do you hire the first hack who’s willing to root through a bin the keys to the vehicle that is the X-Men? If you’re 20th Century Fox apparently you do the latter.
If the first X-Men film was an attempt to reinvigorate the comic book movie genre then X-Men 2 was an attempt to take it too another level. Quite often sequels can fall into a number of traps. Being too similar, not expanding the universe enough, being too cautious in an attempt to not push away fans. X-Men 2 does none of these things. Everything about this film is bigger than the first, I think Wolverines claws even got longer, and it’s all the better for it. So no mystery as to what I think of the film, it’s a good’un. Hopefully though you’ll read on to read just what makes it so good.
So here’s the deal. I like The X-Men. I like them a lot. Been a fan since I was knee high to a juggernaut, even before that 90s cartoon series. One of my favorite heroes when I was a small kid was Iceman. God knows why cos he kinda sucks. But that same kid liked The Ultimate Warrior and thought he was the best wrestler ever so that kid was dumb. Anyway, this weekend I shall be reviewing all of the X-Men films in chronological order of release. So tonight is obviously the turn of the first film in the series. For some reason I’ll even be reviewing X-Mn Origins Wolverine although I may need a stiff drink before approaching that one. Anyway, on with the show and all that.