Hugh Jackman established himself as a true star here, portraying Wolverine as a man who’s insides are laced with metal (that’s what my last date said). He can play “tough guy” and “wounded soul” with ease and without him in the movie, it definitely would have lacked that certain something. The rest of the cast doesn’t consist of too many big names, which is refreshing because you don’t get too distracted by their celebrity (you listenin’ Val Kilmer aka Batman). You got two Dutch cuties (Romijn-Stamos, Janssen), an Oscar winning Kiwi/Canadian (Paquin) another Aussie (Jackman) and couple of Shakespearean Brits for some flavoring (Stewart, McKellen). And let's not forgot the Scot who played Darth Maul (Ray Park). All that to say that this was definitely an equal opportunity production with the focus on talent rather than Kilmer. It could have used some style in the directing (a la Raimi) and maybe a few more deaths to make some of the majestic explosions believable though. In the end, I suppose that’s what the film needed: an identity, something to set it apart as unique. Unfortunately, the only truly extraordinary aspect of this film was the continually changing accent of Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry. Don’t write me letters!
An icon will appear on the screen when both these features are either playing or available. If you’re a dedicated fan of the film then this will please you and then some. Before I get to the second disc (they spared us a third and fourth), I just want to say I hated the background for the menus, it’s basically all genetic compositions and the like, and I found it very distracting and difficult when trying to read instructions and info. It also stalls for what seems like a decade every time I want to get into another feature (or maybe I’m just an impatient jerk).
Okay, round 2. The second DVD features two parts: X-MEN2 and EVOLUTION X.
X-MEN2 is a six-minute ride with Singer on the soundstages of the sequel, it also features the cast’s comments and impressions as well as the trailer for the film at the end. They also dumped a Daredevil teaser on here. It’s fun to see what’s in store this coming May, but 6 minutes? Somebody’s skimping.
EVOLUTION X takes you inside the belly of the beast. If you ever wanted to know what goes into making a sci-fi/action/superhero/Jackman movie, than this section will educate you beyond your wildest dreams. At the end, you’ll feel so part of the process that you’ll wonder why your name isn’t in the goddamn credits! It’s divided into 6 sub-divisions (BTW, there is another very useless and confusing option (okay, I’m a moron) in which you have the option of going into another portion of the “making of” while watching the present one. When you’re done with your newly desired part, it will automatically take you back where you last left. Thankfully, you can turn this option OFF.
1. Production documentary scrapbook: cast and crew meetings, cast interviews and opinions, special moments on set, surprises, etc. (~hour long). 2. X-factor: costume tests, Toad’s makeup test, image gallery. 3. Uncanny Suspects: Jackman screen test/first reading, character gallery, evolution of the costumes. 4. Special Effects: mostly showcasing the many fight sequences, Senator Kelly’s “watery” breakdown. 5. Marketing the X-Men: Trailers, TV spots, plenty of internet interstitials. 6. Reflections of the X-Men: Ellis island premiere, premieres around the world.
Even though I’m not the biggest fan of the film I can still appreciate the effort put into making this; as complete an extras package as possible. True fans should have no complaints and should be busy for hours on end. Although I must reiterate the aggravation that the menus, instructions and format caused me. It made what could’ve been a nice stroll into a messy run. Sometimes too much can be a hindrance (or maybe I’m just an asshole).