The X-Men movies, I believe, tonally lie somewhere between the dark and ‘weight’ laden offerings of the DC world and the consistently light-hearted Marvel films. Not delving into the quality of films each house brings out, in a way, I consider the X-Men movies to have the potential of offering us the best from both worlds. They have gravitas, they have humour, and they have a lot of exciting action and generally impressive set pieces too, both practical and CGI-wise.
The X-Men movies also boast of a talented cast and a sizeable team up of characters that we have grown to love, the magnitude of which should seldom make the happenings on-screen uninteresting, leave alone boring. But alas, like every ongoing blockbuster movie franchise, this one too has its curse, and here it is inconsistency: and that’s not just in the quality of films. The timelines in the X-Men movies fail to establish any semblance of a continuity, and while the actors return to reprise their roles in the next film, it never does quite feel connected, with universe building happening only in bits and parts, at least after the first successful run of the three ‘X-Men’ movies until ‘The Last Stand’.
Interestingly, the first ‘X-Men’ film, when released in 2000, was considered a pretty ballsy effort, and safe to say, nothing was to be the same, at least in the superhero arena. Superhero team ups seemed on the cards, so did large ensembles of well-known faces. Widely considered to be the first ‘modern superhero blockbuster’, let’s look at the list of all 10 X-Men movies, ranked from worst to best. Or you can also call them all Wolverine movies, ranked in the order of merit.
10. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Unanimous votes on this one, I hope. If I were to describe this movie using one word, it would probably be best done using the term potpourri, seemingly because it has a lot of things mixed in, almost all of them half-baked, and unfortunately a compelling origin story for the most exciting and endearing character in the X-Men roster isn’t one of them. There is a semblance of an idea about how painful Wolverine’s journey has been, and Hugh Jackman has a presence that’s scene stealing (and also one of the few saving graces of the film), but all of it is sadly let down by mostly overstuffed and undercooked plotlines, characters, their motivations, and villains. The travesty that mute Deadpool was, won’t be forgotten, even though there is a new, fouler Deadpool out there now.
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