I finally watched X Men 2 with Hedy, being possibly the only people left in Singapore who hadn't watched it yet. It was excellent!
If, however, you have not watched it yet, DO NOT PROCEED beyond this point.
Of course, I didn't think Jean Grey died that way in the cartoon / comic series but it was in the right spirit - self sacrifice. Nightcrawler is charming and humble. His recitation of Psalm 23 was apt at the end, but I'm sure there'll be a resurrection at hand. I thought Mystique was supposed to be his mother. At least, where I stopped reading comics, a few years ago.
Wolvie is just as dangerous as ever. But he'll never find out who he really is, because that would mean that an important element of the X-Men plot would simply disappear.
I'm waiting for his nemesis, Sabretooth, to be introduced. [ Whoops, absolutely forgot that Sabretooth did appear in the first movie. The last I saw of him (in my comic collection), he was somehow imprisoned by the X-Men and was much tamer because they did something to him. Then later on, he escaped (?). That was several years ago, gosh. ]
And I thought Wolvie had this thing for Japanese women. Lady Deathstrike wasn't just a silent adversary in the comic book series, she had a personal vendetta against him. Wonder what Jim Lee has to say about this. I'm getting a little confused because the TV cartoon series is different from the comic book series, but the movie is even more different from the first two. Time to pore through my old comic collection.
[ Confirmation here, in an interview with Hugh Jackman:
"I understand that at one point in X-Men history you and Lady Deathstrike were lovers.
Hugh: Kelly and I? Shut up! There was so much I learned on this movie. Also, Nightcrawler is the son of Mystique..." ]
Minor appearances: Colossus was there, but he had an American accent. In the comic book and cartoon he was Russian, if I recall properly. We also see the Beast (Dr Hank McCoy) briefly on TV, but in human form. More good things to come!
Grr. Rogue and Iceman are not supposed to be in love. Where's Remy Lebeau, otherwise known as my favourite X-Man, Gambit? Hopefully he'll turn up in X3. As long as they don't call the new movie, Triple X.
[ Marvel Comics is releasing X2 the movie in graphic novel form. Cool! ]
[ Afterthought: was that Chinese girl in Xavier's class, Jubilee? :-D ]