X2, like it predecessor X-Men, is a very good movie with very few flaws. This one just takes the "Very Good" part to the extreme. In fact, out of all of the X-Men movies, this is the one I've been dreading to review. This is one of the greatest comic book films ever made, and yet there isn't a whole lot to talk about with this film.
This time around, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) has just gotten back from Alkali Lake, where he was searching for answer about his past. When he arrives, he learns that the mutant Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) has attack the president and that Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) and Storm (Halle Berry) are going after him. After Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Cyclops (James Marsden) leave him in charge of the school while they go visit Magneto (Ian McKellen) in jail, the school is attacked by William Stryker (Brian Cox), a mysterious man from Wolverine's past. Wolverine escapes with Rouge (Anna Paquin), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Pyro (Aaron Stanford) and teams up with Jean, Storm, Magneto and Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) in order to stop Stryker.
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The special effects are still very good, though they haven't really been all that improved upon. Brian Singer is still doing a fine job directing. The most notable upgrade since the last film is a much more interesting and emotional story. Sometimes too much can be happening at once and character can disappear at the blink of an eye (Sometimes literally), but the story is overall much more effective and exciting than in the previous film.