For those who are fans of Marvel, you are probably fans of the X-Men. The X-Men have been on the big screen for almost two decades and each one gave us an action-packed hit.
We have a story about mutants trying to survive in the world. Two individuals try to help them in different ways.
First, there is Charles Xavier who is trying to help both humans and mutants to live together in harmony. Then there’s Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto who wishes to start a war in order for mutants to live.
Over the years, the X-Men franchise have been entertaining for the moviegoers. However, there are five movies that were particularly appealing.
5. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006):
In this project directed by Brett Ratner, a cure was developed for mutants and everyone had different feelings about it. Also, Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) comes back from the dead and the Phoenix begins take over. Two threats in one movie!
This film made the top five because of the storyline. A cure is available and a journey begins with several characters, including Rogue (Anna Paquin). In addition, the performance of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine did not disappoint.
4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009):
Here we get to see the the story of how James Howlett (Hugh Jackman) became the brooding loner known as Wolverine. He goes from a soldier in numerous wars to an adamantium clawed mutant and the rest gets more intense.
The origin of Wolverine was both fascinating and engaging. Hugh Jackman’s performance continued to impress me. Watching him develop his mutant powers and going through his family struggles had me captivated.
3. X-Men: First Class (2011):
Here we have younger versions of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). In 1962, this group of mutants join forces to stop an evil mutant named Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) during the Cold War.
The action sequences and the storyline were entertaining, but the one thing that stood out was the complicated relationship between Charles and Erik. Watching these best friends become enemies had me glued to my chair.
2. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014):
In Bryan Singer’s project, the Sentinals have taken over and mutants are almost extinct. There only hope for survival is that Wolverine goes back in time and stop the Sentinals from ever being created.
Here we had a mix of old-familiar faces and new characters. Plus, Jennifer Lawrence’s performance was alluring. Her dedication to her mission in the film was captivating.
1. X-Men: Apocalypse (2016):
In this movie, En Sabah Nur/Apocalypse (Oscar Issac) has been buried alive in ancient Egypt. In 1983, he awakens and plans to “cleanse” the world and recreate it in his image. The X-Men had to band together to stop the all-powerful mutant from destroying the world.
The characters and the aesthetics of the movie were engaging. But, the one thing that got my attention was the plot. The X-Men with new members taking on Apocalypse and his four horsemen was entertaining to watch.
So these are my top five choices for X-Men movies. What’s yours?
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