Written by: Michael Dougherty & Daniel P. Harris, based on a story by David Hayter, Zak Penn & Bryan Singer, which was in turn based on the comic book originally created by Stan Lee
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Brian Cox
My Advice: Matinee.
Picking up a short time after the first film left off, we find Wolverine (Jackman) trying to figure out his past. We also find a certain fuzzy blue teleporter (Alan Cumming) trying to off the President (Cotter Smith). Freaked–well, wouldn’t you be?–the POTUS authorizes William Stryker (Cox) to put certain plans to action to eliminate the mutant threat. And what he sets in motion will be so bad, it will involve a bold raid on the Xavier School, and force Magneto (McKellen) and his crony, Mystique (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), to join forces with the X-Men.
The story is a vast improvement over the first outing, in that you’ve gone from a plot device that didn’t quite seem in keeping with the characters–but you could maybe forgive it–to something that makes a lot of sense, and actually happens in the comic quite a bit. And wonderfully enough, things actually happen in the film, as opposed to last time, when a whole lot of setup had to take place, both situational and for the sake of characters. Huge points to Singer and company for being able to juggle this many characters, for Christ’s sake. While as I said above, fans of particular characters might feel slighted, they were used according to how they made sense for the story–and everybody got to do something. So overall, it evens out.
Another note: all the little references to other comic bits–other characters and whatnot–were there if you got them and didn’t get in the way if you didn’t. So they get points for that too.
See it on the big screen–because it really is worth it. And, considering what else is coming down the pike (gamma-irradiated dogs, anyone?), it’s probably going to be the last good comic book movie for a while.