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Hello readers and true believers. Surprisingly, I'm more excited for Apocalypse then Civil War. I know it'll change as Civil War nears, but I'm geared into X-Men hype mode at the moment. Admittedly, the marketing for Apocalypse has been... underwhelming. But it feels good to know that the final product as a whole will be solid.
The X-Men franchise has unfortunately been overshadowed in the realm of superhero movies. I mean, we've been so focused on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Warner Bros and hell, Sony before the "rights went back to Marvel", that we sometimes forget to appreciate a great (and often not great) franchise.
No more moments to waste. Here we go.
8. X-Men: The Last Stand to be honest with you, I don't remember this movie. I've forgotten almost all of it. But what I remember about it is enough to earn it eighth and worst on this list: that it is painful to sit through. I don't want to sit through it again. I haven't watched it for years, but when I watched it all those years ago, it scarred me enough (frankly, for life) that I do not want to visit the film again: for life. That's without getting into the character murders (and the murder of the franchise for what it's worth). I'm the Juggernaut, Bitch! shudders
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine no fronting. You entered this blog expecting The Last Stand and X-Men Origins to be in the bottom two. X-Men Origins: Wolverine is yet another tragedy in the franchise, albeit to a lesser degree. But really, asking me which one I'd rather watch is like asking me if I'd rather be decapitated or burnt to death.
6. X-Men OK, we're at the point where we are past the stinkers. This is an influential movie in that I appreciate that it revived the sub genre after Joel Schumacher's toy commercial (sorry Sam Raimi, no credit to to you). It introduced us to the iconic X-Men cast: Jackman, Stewart, McKellen... um... that awful love triangle guy from Superman Returns. In all seriousness, Rebecca Romijn was a badass Mystique. I hope Jennifer Lawrence's performance in Apocalypse lives up to it. By modern superhero standards, this film is bland, which makes it difficult to regularly re watch. I still appreciate the effort put into the practical effects.
5. The Wolverine is an underrated, overlooked film. There are two primary factors that make this film a success to me. I don't mean a masterpiece, but an entertaining, and at most unique, film to watch. The Japan setting, which set it apart from all other superhero movies. I mean, has there been a decent comic book flick set in Japan? I think not.
And above all, Jackman's performance. This is when IMO, Jackman peaked. Before this, I couldn't help but feel he held back. I can't blame him. He didn't come to form yet. But he carried the hell out of this movie. I enjoy the thematic depth presented here. If you haven't watched this movie, or forgotten it, then watch it.
But no Stan Lee? I take it he doesn't like us Aussies.
4. Deadpool I had a blast watching this movie in theatres. I watched it with a friend on February the 11th and it was potentially the most entertainment I've gotten from theatres. This movie was hysterical. I laughed on multiple occasions every minute of the movie. I mean, this film lives or dies on the comedy aspect. And the comedy wouldn't have worked effectively if not for Ryan Reynolds's performance. I've heard people compare him to Robert Downey Jr. I stand besides them. This movie had blood, violence, sex, humour, medical horror, topped off with a great romance story. Y'know, the Valentine's Day marketing is not far from the final product. Great entertainment.
3. X2: United is a movie that had stood the test of times. That is primarily as a result of the bar scene. No, seriously, it has aged very well. The set pieces still excite me and get my blood pumping.
I mean, that Nightcrawler sequence O.o the film benefits from character development and separate character arcs. Mystique is bae.
2. X-Men: First Class I admit, I slept in the theatres watching this movie. Don't know if it's the movie's fault or my sleeping cycle, but I slept. That said, I watched it multiple times since then & appreciate it more the more I watch it.
Matthew Vaughn is a great director and brought his signature style, and substance, to this movie. James McVoy and Michael Fassbender made their way into my Top 10 favourite comic book movie castings. Jennifer Lawrence was actually good in this movie.
It had a lot of great and emotional scenes: for example, the bar scene w/ Fassbender owning those bastards. That opening scene. Magneto remembering his mother. The final 10 minutes - munis that cheesy Magneto reveal - it's still tragic witnessing McVoy lose his legs. Great standalone movie, & credit for telling a story we already know the destination to and still doing it so well.
You'll never guess no. 1. OK, you probably guessed it.
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Fantastic movie. Fantastic action sequences that blow most other superhero movies out of the water.
Some of the best acting put to screen in a superhero movie.
Emotional weight to the characters, real stakes.
I prefer my number 1's in my blog's to be simple and I will put it simply by saying this is one of the best superhero films of the decade. Not just a great superhero film, but fantastic standalone film.