X2: X-Men United
First screened in September 2003
Director: Bryan Singer. Cast: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Halle Berry, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, James Marsden, Alan Cumming, Brian Cox, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Kelly Hu, Bruce Davison, Cotter Smith, Daniel Cudmore. Screenplay: Michael Dougherty & Dan Harris and David Hayter (story by Zak Penn and David Hayter & Bryan Singer). Twitter Capsule:
Sweet redemption: finds a momentum, an ensemble corps d'esprit, and political salience that eluded the first film.
First film seemed intent on showing off each X-(Wo)man's power. Sequel has more to say about scapegoat politics and eugenic marginalization. And it's more fun.