Genre Guesstimation – X2: X-Men United (2003) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Carl of Listening to Film and we will be reviewing our favorite Ensemble Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Carl!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Ensemble Movies.

“If you knew the kind of person you used to be, the work we did together… People don’t change, Wolverine. You were an animal then and you’re an animal now. I just gave you claws.” – William Stryker

Number of Times Seen – Between 5–10 times (Theater in 2003, DVD, 16 Dec 2014 and 20 Sep 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – The X-Men must work together with Magneto and his team in order to try and stop Col. Stryker from performing more experiments on mutants.

My Take on it – This is the way a sequel should be made and they do it so well.

The fact that they don’t need to rely on developing the characters again helps allow this film to start off running which make sit that much more thrilling from the opening scene.

The movie gets into the philosophy of the fine line between good and evil and shows that it truly is easy to cross over between both sides with such ease.

This allows the story line to feel even more poignant the whole way through.

This film is an ensemble story yet they still focus a bit more on the mysterious past of Wolverine yet at the same time allow us to see the importance of working together as a team.

The film’s opening sequence in the White House is one of the best sequences in the entire franchise and shows how much potential mutants have to do extraordinary things both for good and for bad.

The action sequences are quite thrilling to watch and are enhanced by the amazing special effects that help make this so enjoyable to watch.

Bottom Line – Excellent sequel that is able to build on the story from the previous film. The way that the film shows that good and evil can have a very thin line between them, helps make this storyline quite poignant in what it is trying to tell us. The film gives us a bit more information about Wolverine’s past and still shows how important team work is when fighting as superheroes. The opening scene in the White House is amazingly done and shows both the potential and danger of mutants in their world and remains one of the best sequences in the entire franchise. Love how they don’t need to rely on developing any of the characters and things can get moving right away. Superb action sequences that are enhanced by the special effects. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Hugh Jackman related a story about something that happened during the filming of the Weapon X flashback scene: while he was filming the corridor run (in which he is nude and backlit), he turned the corner and saw the female cast members, and also James Marsden’s mother, waiting for him, hooting and waving dollar bills (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Yep. Another great installment that proves that ensemble superhero films can work really well.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)


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