T U E S D A Y - T O P - T E N [more like top eight]
-ranking the seven X-MEN films from best to worst-
1. X-MEN [2000.bryan SINGER]
a great start to a franchise that has lost more than steam throughout the years; well paced and well told this film might feature the best performances in this saga.
everything that works in this film works almost always as good on this franchise and its focus on the MAGNETO-PROFESSOR X relationship has been the great stand-out.throughtout the years
2. X-MEN : DAYS OF FUTURE PAST [2014.bryan SINGER]
a spectacle that juggles well two time lines and not only manages to dig deeper into very well known characters but also pulls very good performances from every actor in this cast.
the way they play with everything already set in six, sometimes very different, pictures is an effort that should not go unnoticed; they managed to take everything that works and trash everything that does not without pointing too much at it.
3. X2 : X-MEN UNITED [2003.bryan SINGER]
even if this film starts picking a franchise favorite too much too soon it is almost as strong as the first but lacks some originality on camera.
it is refreshing that so early in this franchise the formula is changed enough to expand the universe portrayed.
4. the WOLVERINE [2013.james MANGOLD]
it is certainly refreshing but still tries too hard to please the broadest audience; however it does feature some surprisingly great set pieces.
another pretext to see in action HUGH JACKMAN’s WOLVERINE; it is more like a spin-off pilot to the series than an episode within.
5. X-MEN : THE LAST STAND [2006.brett RATNER]
taking things too far too much does not help to follow a story with a very simple plot line but too many [new] characters to care or even track.
its contrasts are not well balanced and even though there are some epic scenes and sequences its longterm effects on the franchise have not been corrected.
6. X-MEN : FIRST CLASS [2011.matthew VAUGHN]
this film uses everything that works in the previous pictures becoming an over-compliant and over-indulgent movie that explains way too many things [we did not need to know] and makes too many references [because that is so meta, right?], with the worst directing possible, it is all over the place, strange camerawork, incoherent editing, horrible visual effects, excessive score, perhaps FASSBENDER and LAWRENCE performances are the only things worth watching.
even if it does feature some great ideas, many of them got lost in the franchise because of the lack of consequences they have.
7. X-MEN ORIGINS : WOLVERINE [2009.gavin HOOD]
much better after a second watch once you get past the shock of how irrelevant and unnecessary everything seems to be; however this film has aged horribly in just four years because of its cheap CGI visual effects.
it is a prequel that did not have any consequences to the franchise like a film filled with ideas that could not be used anywhere else.