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Old 06-18-2015, 12:06 AM   #1
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I recently saw it again and I found a new love for the film. So I thought I’d make another appreciation thread for the second movie to the X franchise.

What I loved and remembered from X2:

Nightcrawler’s opening scene. It still gets to me how awesome it was shot. Bryan brought his A-game as far as the action goes.

The teen mutants: Rogue, Iceman, Pyro. I thought it was cool how well they bonded together. Going to Bobby’s house in Boston had some of the best dialogue next to DOFP. I loved the scene where Bobby “comes out” as a mutant was fantastically done. Pyro was a great outsider. I knew he would break away and join the brotherhood. Aaron is a mature actor for his age. I thought it was nice getting to know the younger mutants.

Stryker’s story line. I thought it was well-executed and Brian Cox is one of my favorite actors from the Bourne Identity series. He played an outstanding villain. Hugh battled with him nicely. He could have offed him easily but he let the dam do it for him.

Jean’s pre-Phoenix scenes. I still loved the destruction of the missiles, how just for dramatics and insecurity she could only destroy one with her mind. Jean’s end was tragic but I loved the foreshadowing scene in the water.

Scott and Logan sharing an emotional moment together was touching. Powerful acting from both James and Hugh in the climax of the movie.

Seeing it again and again makes me grow with it. I didn’t realize how well made it was when I initially saw it. The acting and script made the movie work. Seeing the mutants unite was almost poetic. The finale scene with the president and the team still gives me shivers.

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Old 06-18-2015, 05:19 AM   #2
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X2 was freaking awesome. Nuff said.

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Old 06-19-2015, 02:59 AM   #3
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I thought everyone was in their element with their characters and the story flowed naturally.

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Old 06-20-2015, 06:36 PM   #4
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Same here. I don't get the whole, "It was Wolverine and Friends" complaint. I mean, yeah it was Wolverine's arc wrapping up, but Iceman, Rogue, Pyro, Nightcrawler, Stryker, Jean, and even Storm were all fleshed out. People act like Wolverine was the MAIN guy and everybody else were Mutes.

The only character that really got robbed of some screentime was Cyclops, but I liked when he broke down when Jean died.

I even liked Lady Deathstrike. I didn't care that she didn't talk. She was she was supposed to be. Silent. Deadly. Beautiful. Sucks that we didn't get a Mystique/Lady Deathstrike fight though.

Also, I LOVE that shot of the X-Men in the White House towards the end. That's probably the best, maybe even the only, team shot throughout the movies. If someone get screencap that for me, that'd be great.

X2 is one the best Superhero movies of all time. That movie hits every beat hard. It's got action, drama, emotion, good storytelling, strong character moments, a good villain, high stakes, etc.

Favorite Scenes:

Nightcrawler opening
School Invasion + Wolverine Berserker Rage
Magneto's Escape
Pyro's power display
Storm & Nightcrawler on the X-Jet
Mystique pwning Stryker's soldiers in the Dam.
Wolverine vs Lady Deathstrike
Jean's sacrifice

One of my favorite lines is after Pyro tells Magneto, "So, they say you're the bad guy" and Magneto responds, "Is that what they say?" Love it.


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Old 06-20-2015, 06:48 PM   #5
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My love for X2 is already well-documented. I don't need to gush over it no longer.

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Old 06-21-2015, 08:38 AM   #6
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X2 is one of my 3 favorate comic book films.The other 2 being superman and the Dark Knight.

So yes X2 is not only favorate X-Men film but favorate marvel film.

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Same here. I don't get the whole, "It was Wolverine and Friends" complaint. I mean, yeah it was Wolverine's arc wrapping up, but Iceman, Rogue, Pyro, Nightcrawler, Stryker, Jean, and even Storm were all fleshed out. People act like Wolverine was the MAIN guy and everybody else were Mutes.

The only character that really got robbed of some screentime was Cyclops, but I liked when he broke down when Jean died.

I even liked Lady Deathstrike. I didn't care that she didn't talk. She was she was supposed to be. Silent. Deadly. Beautiful. Sucks that we didn't get a Mystique/Lady Deathstrike fight though.

Also, I LOVE that shot of the X-Men in the White House towards the end. That's probably the best, maybe even the only, team shot throughout the movies. If someone get screencap that for me, that'd be great.

X2 is one the best Superhero movies of all time. That movie hits every beat hard. It's got action, drama, emotion, good storytelling, strong character moments, a good villain, high stakes, etc.

Favorite Scenes:

Nightcrawler opening
School Invasion + Wolverine Berserker Rage
Magneto's Escape
Pyro's power display
Storm & Nightcrawler on the X-Jet
Mystique pwning Stryker's soldiers in the Dam.
Wolverine vs Lady Deathstrike
Jean's sacrifice

One of my favorite lines is after Pyro tells Magneto, "So, they say you're the bad guy" and Magneto responds, "Is that what they say?" Love it.
your speaking my song i have argured for years X2 wasn't just wolverine with everyone else in background.That critism works for Last stand not for X2.During climax of film wolverine was busy with his search while others stopped stryker and later magneto's plan and freed the prisoners.

Even in first X-Men wolverine didn't do everything while rest just stood around.

Yes Cyclops got short end of stick but someone had to.But,what he had to do
when on screen was effective.him and jean at museum,mind controlled ofrced to fight jean,and his emontional breakdown all good.

Deathstrike being mostly silent worked in film's favor

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My love for X2 is already well-documented. I don't need to gush over it no longer.
There's no limit to the gushing.

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^ Epic Fight. I personally thought Lady Deathstryke was great in X2.

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Why isn't this thread longer!?

I forgot just how good X2 really is.

I hadn't watched in years and in my anticipation for Apocalypse I popped it in and was blown away all over again. The plot just moves along at an amazing pace. The action is spectacular, the characters are well rounded and the stakes are genuine. The film builds and builds to a great emotional pay-off. The entire last act at Alkali Lake is sheer brilliance. Not many comic book films or hell, recent action films in general have been this well crafted. A finely honed action adventure, X2 is.
It's also not as Wolverine centric as the criticisms make it out to be. Storm feels more present than I remember her being and the only character that gets the shaft is, as we all know, Cyclops.

After all these years, this is still right up their with the best of them.

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Just rewatched it this weekend and absolutely love it. Right now, I'll rank it in my Top 3 all time best CBM at #3. I'll put it above DOFP now (which actually went down on my list, but still in my Top 10).

Everything was so well done, and outside of Cyclops, everyone had their little moments to shine.

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It's also not as Wolverine centric as the criticisms make it out to be.
He serve an important purpose as he have lost memories. I love how the movie build up in parallels, Stryker will put his son in the head (and therefore memories) of Professor Xavier and it ends by awakening the Phoenix. And this dirty feelings all over the underground base, makes thrills.

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