With the recent release of X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu-Ray and DVD, I have decided to make a rankings of the 7 films in the series. I’ve recently watched all 7 movies so I can have a fresh perspective on their quality. Although I’ve read the source material these movies are based on including specific storylines, these rankings are purely cinematic based and not on how faithful they are as adaptations.
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Hugh Jackman is fantastic as Wolverine. This I feel will never change. I did not hate X-Men The Last Stand as so many others did, but I still feel this is a lesser film than that was. I liked seeing the origin of Logan, but man did this just bore me and after rewatching it lately it still underwhelms. Bad pacing, boring characters and of course the misuse of Deadpool what should have been an exciting early story of X-Men lore felt like a cheap video game tie-in. Which is crazy considering that the tie-in game for this film is actually one of the better movie games. Probably because it makes you feel like Wolverine. Rating 1/5
6. X-Men: The Last Stand
In 6th place is the third X-Men flick which I don’t like more than any of my top-5 but I didn’t dislike it as vehemently as so many others. I still dislike “Origins” more. But I can recognize the flaws in this film and those mainly are that the studio wanted so much in but never knew what to do with it. Plus they did butcher the Phoenix which is one of the top comic storylines I’ve read. Not to mention the killing off of 3 key X-Men with no major consequences. At least it has some good action for the final battle . Rating 2/5
Cracking the top 5 is the original X-Men film. Released in 2000, it was a big risk that paid off with some good casting and really playing up the human/mutant conflict as well as the conflict between Professor X and Magneto. The drawback is that being released in 2000 it really shows and when watched now it looks more like a TV movie. Still a good movie though. Rating 3/5
4. X-Men: First Class
A prequel/reboot, First Class tells the story of of when Charles met Erik, the founding of the first group of X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants. The core of this film is the relationship between these two men whose differing ideals will help shape this universe over a period of years. The number one reason to watch this is the performance of Michael Fassbender as Magneto. So charismatic and equally dangerous, he steals the show. Rating 4/5
3. The Wolverine
Considering that the first solo Wolverine was not good at all, I like many others were skeptical of a second attempt. But under the direction of James Mangold, we got a Logan story more than a Wolverine movie. A character study more than superhero action. However towards the end we do get that standard movie experience. This also has something that we don’t get too often and that’s not 1 but 2 well developed female characters. I loved the setting, the story and the characters. A solid effort. Rating 4/5
2. X2: X-Men United
The first “great” X-Men film has a larger scale but a smaller focus if that makes any sense. I say this because the enemy, William Stryker, is not a mutant and has a very viable plan to achieve that. A strong villain, great set pieces and a great ending teaser. (Even though that went unfulfilled in the following movie.) And let’s not forget the Nightcrawler sequence to open the movie. Rating 4.5/5
1. X-Men: Days of Future Past
This was a hard choice. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t pick this to be number simply because it’s the new flavor. After much thought I decided this is my #1 X-Men film. By all accounts it has a smaller character focus again on Charles and Erik, but pushes their characters forward in the direction of the men they will become. It ultimately sets up the X-Men film universe for hopefully a good future. Plus the Quicksilver scene ranks up there with the Nightcrawler-White House sequence. Rating 5/5
And there you have it. My rankings of the X-Men film series. Do you agree? Disagree? Make a switch here or there? Despite its missteps I still think this is a pretty solid comic book film franchise.