Mutants and Humans Agree These are the Best X-Men Movies
With X-Men: Dark Phoenix rising into the X-Men movie saga, we thought it was time we went on an X-Men binge. We do this every couple of years, but whenever a new movie comes out, we go back and do it all over again. Whenever we have our screenings, the same debate breaks out. Which movie is the best? After much friendly bickering, we’ve narrowed down the list to the top 5 best X-Men movies.
Of the original trilogy, X2 was by far the best of the bunch. It began the Phoenix storyline (which they are just getting to in the reboot) and showed off some of the coolest stuff in the X-Men universe. We finally got answers to where Wolverine came from– and he got revenge for all he was put through. We got to see what happens when Cerebro gets into the wrong hands (a question that has severe repercussions for everyone) and we got to see one of our favorite characters, Nightcrawler, in action. While there are flaws (not every actor really embodied their role), there are some excellent moments throughout and if you’re looking for one of the early 2000’s X-Men movies to rewatch, this is the one we recommend.
X-Men First Class
Let’s face it. The first round of X-Men movies was nice, but not great. There were some beautiful moments in them and some great portrayals here and there (Storm anyone?), but overall they really didn’t meet our high expectations. So when a reboot was announced, we got pretty dang excited. And we got a better start than the last attempt! Instead of starting with Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters already an established entity, the story begins back at the beginning, before the X-Men, before Xavier had a school, and it tells the story of how it all came to be. The new cast is interesting, and the set up for future movies was excellent. We just hope now that Disney has the rights, the X-Men movies keep getting better!
X-Men: Days of Future Past
This is the best movie from the current timeline (much like the comics, the timelines keep coming, and they don’t stop coming). We love it because we get glimpses at old favorites and new heroes. The sentinel storyline is a fan favorite storyline and watching it come to life on the big screen is a delight. The juxtaposition of the future and the past made the stakes feel very real and left you hoping the X-Men could pull off changing history. The divide between Magneto and Xavier grows wider throughout and sets up the conflict between them that extends through X-Men lore. It is sad to know their renewed friendship in the future is lost to shifting timelines, but it carries with it the hope that one day they may reunite.
You might be saying “But Gemr! Deadpool isn’t actually an X-Men movie!” to which we say “¯\_(ツ)_/¯” (don’t ask us how you pronounce that, it’s complicated). Look, we’re playing as fast and loose with the rules as Deadpool himself, and damn the consequences. Deadpool was such a breath of fresh air in the sea of superhero movies. It was nice to have a film that didn’t take itself so seriously. But to your criticisms we say this: Deadpool is an X-Man, though not at this point in his story. And he plays nice with Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (what a mouthful) who help and hinder him throughout the film. It’s sort of a love-hate relationship. Deadpool also proved you didn’t have to be child-friendly to be a superhero movie. With a lot (and we do mean a lot) of gratuitous violence and inappropriate humor, it is an excellent romp with our favorite Merc with a mouth.
We knew if Fox was going to take on Old Man Logan it would either be incredible or so bad we would wish it had never been made– luckily, it was the former. The movie strays far from the traditional superhero story. Logan is old, tired, and sick. He works to get by and no longer goes out looking to save the world (he’s done enough of that). But trouble finds him, as it has a way of doing, and he becomes locked in a conflict to save a little girl with powers mysteriously like his own. The story is beautiful, and trust us it will make you cry. Logan marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. There is nothing about this movie we don’t like. Just bring the tissues when you watch it, you’ll need them.