11 May 2003

Dude, Nightcrawler is soooooo cool!

X-Men 2: 3 Stars. By its very nature, the X-Men franchise will suffer the same problem that the Batman films have -- too many people, not enough screen time for any of 'em. That's especially true with this newest film by Bryan Singer. With such a bang-up cast of some of the best actors working today (Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Alan Cumming, Brian Cox, etc...), it was inevitable that everyone had to play in the same sandbox, and, when it's over, you wished they all had a little more to do. That said, this was a heck of a fun film. Alan Cumming stole the show with his portrayal of the teleporter, Nightcrawler. Both his acting and the effects they gave to his character were simply awesome. I'd like to see him get his own film out of this -- although with the 8 hours of makeup needed to suit him up, I doubt that'll happen. Anyway, not too much to say. Good story, good dialogue, good acting. Just a fun film. Go out and see it.