Ahhhh sweet, sweet Wolverine, you hairy piece of man you. From bub to bub, who doesn't enjoy the X-Men? Sadly there are so many different parts of the X-Men, that it could take several posts to cover them all, so let's just try to focus on one topic at once. I got the idea to write about X-Men because I'm currently playing through X-Men:Legends (amazing game btw) and reading the Wolverine Comics, and plan to read the Ultimate X-Men comics. I'm also watching the original cartoon series from the 90's...great age for cartoons.
As for a starting point, let's talk about the movies, that's what most people probably think of when they think of X-Men. It's as simple as this folks, 1st, great, 2nd, good, 3rd....WTF? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?! WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!?!?!?
The first movie was amazing, it really was. All the characters were great, and I think they fitted in well with their comic counterparts. But all I really ask is that you get Wolverine right lol. Love that little guy. Just writing this makes me tempted to watch it again, but it's getting late, and I need to go to bed earlier, so I can be up at stupid o'clock on Monday (You'll have to forgive me for referencing days, this is an auto update, unless I get bored), so it'll have to wait, maybe tomorrow. As I was saying, it's just a downright great movie, it has pretty much everything. Action, comedy, drama, romance, people that feel real, and with real problems of their own. These are people that even if you are nothing like, being not a mutant, you can feel sorry for, and empathize with. I'd like to think that after all the X-Men I've watched, I'd be cool with mutants. Other than the jealousy I'd feel lol. It's a movie that just got everything it did, right.
X2, as the second one was known, was also really good. It dealt with slightly different, yet similar issues. The main one in X-Men is usually the difference between right and wrong. Who's ideals should you serve? At times X-Men is not a case of Good vs Evil, it's a case of two different ideals, each with the same goal overall, but different methods of doing it. For me this is one of it's strength, the best stories come from conflicting ideals, not clear right and wrong, usually such a thing doesn't exist. This one also deals more with Wolverine's Weapon-X past, so of course, features a lot of the guy, again, something that can't be wrong lol. This one does also have a lot more mutant oppression though, and might get a bit difficult to watch, but it is still tame compared to some of the stuff that went on in the comics, such as the Friends Of Humanity. This movie also has it's climactic moments, it's sheer cinematic wonder, and keeps you watching, but it's a lot darker, a lot grittier, than the original. Some people like dark, I'm one of them, but it feels kind of a shame to have a sequel that feels so different from the original.
X3 on the other hand...WHY!?!?!? I'll admit, it wasn't that bad, but it was still bad. You had people with the wrong powers, you had bad character development, as far as I know, the guy behind it actually doesn't even like X-Men, and blames the fans for it's badness, saying it's their fault they can't see it's greatness. I read recently that Joss Whedon, the genius behind Buffy and a great at things like this, nearly did it, and I kinda wish he did, but hey, if he did, I wouldn't have anything to bitch about lol. It just felt like a bad movie compared to the first 3. A cinematic experience, sure, but an X-Men movie? Maybe not.
All in all, I really do recommend these movies, even, grudgingly, the third one, even if it's just to see how it ends. Of all the superhero franchises getting reboots, such as the newest Spiderman films, I kind of hope X-Men is one of them, and that they do it right this time round. Yes, I'm aware First Class, and Origins:Wolverine, are technically reboots, but I meant a whole new set of movies, not individual ones.
Have you seen the X-Men movies? Did you like them? Hate them? Agree or disagree with me? Share your thoughts in comments folks!