X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

Delightful shlock. From the trailers I got the impression this would be a solemn, action-heavy affair. Instead, I got a splendidly shlocky, fun affair. Oscar Isaac is hilarious as the villainous Apocalypse. He chews the scenery and relishes his very dramatic lines. My favourite part of the movie is perhaps a scene around the middle…

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

I hated how obsessed with continuity “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was. This film is similarly obsessed with continuity, but rather than trying to over-explain and convolute it, it revels in breaking it, resurrecting the joys of the series through an enjoyable science-fiction plot. There’s a great sense of manic madness to the film. This is about…

The Wolverine (2013)

This film was very different from the first Wolverine solo movie, in a good way. Rather than spend its time needlessly filling continuity gaps, it crafted a fairly standalone story of its own. It had a solid, cohesive character arc for Wolverine. It feels silly to say, but just having baseline competence in the script…

X-Men: First Class (2011)

This movie utterly shocked me. The X-Men series had, to me, so far consisted of two good enough blockbusters, a misfire, and a flat-out terrible movie. Then comes this, a prequel that’s legitimately great, with the best performances yet, the most compelling story, and far and away the best score and visuals. It was a…

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

An awful film, obsessed with continuity, yet lacking a coherent story. Hugh Jackman was one of the most enjoyable parts of the first three films, but he can’t carry such a dim, thin, bizarre film like this on his own. I don’t understand why what is ostensibly an action movie is so hyper-concerned about continuity.…

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

For the first third or so, I was quite enjoying this. The mutant cure was, finally, an actual new idea in the series. The new characters seemed interesting enough. I was fairly invested. But the film got crazier and dumber as it went on, and I’d checked out by the ending. The story is needlessly…

X2: X-Men United (2003)

I’d heard this was meant to be one of the best superhero films ever, in the same class as The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 2, so I was really disappointed when I found it very lacking. To me, it just felt like a repeat of the first film. Same essential conflict. Same thematic point. More…