I have been watching the X-Men movies lately to get ready for Logan to come out in a couple weeks and I just got done watching X-Men, X2, and X-Men the Last Stand. Honestly, these movies still hold up, at least the first two, and I’m glad the first one particularly was such a success that allowed the comic book movies that we are surrounded by today are able to exist because of it.
I personally think that the first X-Men film is a little lack luster especially now over the years that have past. It’s a technically sound film still, but the scale of it is very small compared to what we’re used to seeing. I mean I do understand why people would enjoy that aspect to it. Especially if they’re tired of the comic book films getting bigger and bigger like they have been lately. I think this film sets everything up nicely but honestly unless I’m watching the second one too, I don’t see myself watching it that often. 4/5
X2 has to be probably in my top 3 out of all the X-Men films still, I still do need to see The Wolverine though. I think the fact that the story is a bit more on the personal side and the fact that there’s a lot more characterization in this one over action set pieces. It honestly feels more of a personal film even if the action and special effects got bigger. I honestly could watch this one as just a great movie at any time. 4.5/5
Now, this is where things get messy. X-Men the Last Stand honestly is just a popcorn film, but especially after X2, it really isn’t that great. If I wanted to just have background noise on though I might just have it on, but if I actually wanted to focus on the story telling or characters there’s plenty more films in the series I could choose from that would be a better fit than this one. And also I wish someone would do the dark phoenix arch justice, here’s hoping the new X-Men film does just that. 2.5/5
Overall this trilogy is basically just a great stepping stone to what’s to come. I honestly think that there are better comic book movies out there but considering these were some of the first major blockbuster ones that could have made or break the blockbuster genre we know and mostly love today, I still find some enjoyment in them to this day.