- X-Men 2: X-Men United
- Director: Bryan Singer
- Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart
- Running Time: 132 minutes
- Buy it from Amazon.com
X-Men 2 surpasses its predecessor by telling a tight, fast moving story while simultaneously giving fans almost everything they wanted.
The story picks up shortly after the end of the first film. The X-Men are back at Xavier's mansion, dabbling with normalcy. Rogue, life-force absorbing, power-stealing teenager, has a boyfriend in the form of the ice-wielding Bobby Drake, and both are happy that their biggest problem in life is figuring out how to kiss without Rogue knocking Bobby into next week. Wolverine is off doing loner-type things, namely tracking down his lost history, while Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm have settled back into their roles as teachers to the next generation of mutants.
I looking through the various movie trailers on Apple, and saw one called Sahara. I was slightly intrigued, since Clive Cussler had written a Dirk Pitt novel with the same name. It turns out that it is a movie based on that book ... but that it may be a far cry from what Cussler actually wrote.
Watching The Incredibles reminded me of the The Tick cartoon, which aired on Saturday mornings in the early 1990s and was a staple of my college years. Unfortunately, while the wretched live-action The Tick is out on DVD, the animated series is languishing on VHS.