28 September, 2020

X-Men 2

Director Bryan Singer carefully positioned X2 not "as a sequel but the next adventure in a saga -- an evolution from the first film".

X-Men 2
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Brian Cox, Famke Jenssen, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Director: Bryan Singer
Rating: ***

One of the tragi-comic comments on our times—one that strikes you profoundly while watching this sequel to the 2000 hit X-Men—is that the mental make-up of many of today's political leaders, at home and abroad, matches that of Stan Lee's Marvel comic-book villains of 40 years ago. Consider X2's 'bad guy' William Stryker, the paranoid former US Army commander who leads a hate campaign against mutants: his maniacal ravings demonising mutants, projecting them as an evil species out to harm "us humans" have so many echoes in contemporary geopolitical rhetoric that you begin to wonder if Messrs Bush, Modi and Togadia are, truth to tell, cartoon caricatures playing out their two-bit roles in an unmarvellous us-versus-them narrative. Sadly, they aren't. Following an audacious...



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