Friday, May 26, 2017

Ranking the Fox-X-Men-verse so far (2017)

Same drill as the MCU list.
Here we go...

1. Logan

Bam, best hands down. Period.
That was easy.
We'll miss you, Hugh.

2. Deadpool

Was the best until "Logan".

3. X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Still the best one with "X-Men", in the title.
The Avengers of X-Men.

4. X-Men: First Class

Was the best until "Future Past".

5. X2: X-Men United

Was the best until "First Class".

6. X-Men: Apocalypse

I've cooled on this a bit, but like I said here, its good parts (Fassbenders acting in the first half, Quicksilver's run) outweigh the minuses. Still just behind the top 5.

7. X-Men

Started it all.
"Blade", opened the door, this stepped through.
Would be just behind X2, but, c'mon, "Apocalypse", has Quicksilver.
Plus, this looks pretty clunky in hindsight, doesn't it?
Still cool to look back on as the prototype.

8. The Wolverine

I said in the review "it's no "Dark Knight Rises", or "Avengers", but it's damned good".
I stick behind that.
Falls apart at the end, but everything up to then was so good.
They almost got there.
Luckily, they got another shot with "Logan", and knocked it out of the park.

9. X3: X-Men: The Last Stand

All right, this one takes a lot of shit, but a lot of it I actually like.
Magneto is always great.
Ditto Charles.
The Sentinels in the danger room retroactively set up "Future Past".
And going back to Magneto, some of my favorite scenes in the whole franchise are in this.
And yeah, it dropped the ball on Dark Phoenix, but wipe away your tiny tears, they're taking a second crack at that too.

10. X-Men Origins: Wolverine

There's no escaping that this is the bottom of the barrel.
But...I still don't hate it.
Yes, they mutilated Deadpool.
Yes, the third act is a ridiculous Tex Avery cartoon.
Yes, youth-ified Charles is uncanny valley.
But the actual origins stuff in the first act is good stuff (until the cartoon claws...).
The humor with Wade Williams before he's Deadpool-ed is on point.
And Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth left such a good impression with fans, they wanted him back for "Logan". And he came this > < close to being in it.
Plus, as with X3, wipe your tears, "Future Past", and "Apocalypse", have erased it anyway.
Bryan Singer fixed it for you.
Now look at that, the list is bookeneded by Wolverines.

There we go, and there's my baseline for ranking the new ones.
See you next time for "Dark Phoenix", "New Mutants", and "Deadpool 2".

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