Ranking the ‘X-Men’ Films That I Have Seen

The X-Men are really cool and over the last few years, I’ve begun to actually get involved in the story of these characters. Today, I’m going to share my ranking of the X-Men movies I’ve seen so far.

5. X-Men: First Class

Kevin Bacon, Jason Flemyng, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Jennifer Lawrence, and Zoë Kravitz in X: First Class (2011)

I’ve seen enough of this movie to know it is really bad. The CGI is so horrible I thought it was made in 2009. Not 2011! The prosthetics for Mystique and Beast are atrocious compared to the sequels and Kevin Bacon does not make a convincing villain.

4. X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Evan Peters, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, and Tye Sheridan in Dark Phoenix (2019)

The acting was meh. The storyline was okay. But the action was pretty good. This isn’t as bad as people say it is.

3. X-Men

Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart, James Marsden, Ian McKellen, and Hugh Jackman in X-Men (2000)

I saw this movie for the first time last night and while I didn’t see the whole movie I saw enough to understand why so many X-Men movies have been made following this film. These characters are awesome and this is the classic cast who brought the characters to life; Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, etc.

2. X-Men: Days of Future Past

Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Ellen Page, Michael Fassbender, Daniel Cudmore, Bingbing Fan, and Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

I saw this movie in the movie theater with my father and sister. The first time I watched this film I enjoyed it. The second time, I still enjoyed it, just not as much. However, it is undoubtedly one of the better X-Men movies, for sure.

1. Logan

Hugh Jackman, Ryan Sturz, and Anthony Escobar in Logan (2017)

If you ever wished for an austere, brutally violent depiction of a Wolverine movie this is it. It was the first superhero movie nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and deservedly so. It’s pretty good…if you can get by all of the blood and the extreme violence.

3 thoughts on “Ranking the ‘X-Men’ Films That I Have Seen”

  1. I actually quite liked First Class. I guess I just enjoy what Matthew Vaughn tends to do with superheroes; Kick-A$$ is secretly one of my favorite superhero movies, and to this day I still would hold up at least two sequences in that movie as among the best live acted action sequences I’ve ever seen in cinema. One of them (the rescue from the webcast) is just my favorite action scene ever, and the other (Big Daddy in the warehouse) is one of the few I’d put anywhere near it. So while Kevin Bacon was “meh,” and I suppose I haven’t had a huge urge to go back and rewatch it like I’ve done with the first Stewart-Jackman-McKellen film many times, I still thought it was pretty good.

    I haven’t seen either Dark Phoenix or Logan yet. I think Apocalypse kind of ruined the reboot series for me and I haven’t wanted to go back since. But I’m willing to give it a try.

    X2 and X3 were both awful, IMO. Both of them take gross license with what mundane humans can do to keep mutants under control, and they both suffer badly as a result. X2 is my current title holder in my lifetime for “movies that I rejected on their basic premise in the shortest amount of screen time (asterisk – short of being overtly racist)”. As soon as someone walks up to Xavier and asserts indefinite, finely tuned “I can make you do things with your powers against your will” mind control over him by squirting something on the back of his neck out of a syringe, I was done with it. Sorry, script writers. Not happening. No. Nuh uh. Go do anatomically improbable things to yourselves. 😓

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