x-men 2 questions
1. To what extent does X2 adhere to the conventions of a superhero narrative? Does it incorporate elements from other genres?
X-men two adheres to many of the usual superhero conventions including moral codes, the mutants being motivated to keep a mutual bond between humans and mutants and also to keep evil mutants under control. Some of the characters, but not all have flamboyant costumes; Jeans costume is the most flamboyant being a white jump suit. The characters all have there own superpowers which is the main convention that ties it in with the superhero narrative and with these powers come there weakness. Their weaknesses include wolverine not being able to control his savagery, Scott has to wear glasses to control his eyes, and Xavier is in a wheel chair and Magneto needs a small amount of iron to be able to manipulate otherwise he is defenseless. The also goes with the base story line of how they got their powers which isn’t shown by you learn of there powers in the prequel, X-men one. The story then goes to Xavier Clark meeting his arch-nemesis, Magneto and also meeting his antagonist Stryker. Then comes the final bout where Stryker is killed when the dam wall collapses. Another thing that establishes the movies Genre is the marvel page’s that flicker at the beginning of the movie.
2. Describe how multiple storylines are used in the film.
There are many storylines in the movie X-men 2 some more significant than others. The main storyline would be the attack on the president that then goes into Stryker with the help from the president trying to rid the world of all the mutants as he believe they are a disease. The other major storylines seen in the movie include the love triangle between Wolverine, Cyclops and Jean. Pyro turning evil which was kind of predicable because that set them up for a big fight between Pyro and bobby in the next instalment. There is also magneto fight for mutant supremacy.
3. Describe how Wolverine is established and developed as a character using sound, editing, dialogue, music and camera techniques.
At the end of the first scene Brian Singer uses a cross dissolve from a close up of wolverines face into a close up of a stuffed wolfs face this mixes in with the non-digetic music as wolverine enters the completely disserted dam which shows to the audience that there is something sinister and evil about the area and also wolverine is part human and part animal. When wolverine gets back to the school dialogue, editing and the use of various camera techniques help build the scene. Wolverine is portrayed to the audience as a character who has great respect amongst his students and also fellow teachers. The camera movement from wolverine to Jeans faces and the way that they talk to each other suggest that they might have a thing for each other. Also as Jean approaches romantic music plays in the background to give the scene an almost romantic feel. Various point of view shots from Jean looking at wolverine and visa versa complete the scene. The dream sequence in the middle of the movie where wolverine has nightmares about his past in alkaline lake is strong establishing point in the film dialogue of his thoughts are used to establish to the audience that he doesn’t understand his past properly ‘I need you to read my mind again.’
5. Describe how Stryker is established and developed as a character using lighting, dialogue and visual composition.
William Stryker is portrayed to the audience as the bad guy mainly by the way that he smirks reminiscently at the end of the scene when given the authorisation to attack the school. Later on in that seen he talks Senator Kelly where he demonstrates to him about his history ‘back when you were sucking on your momma’s tit at Woodstock I was fighting in the jungles of Vietnam.’ Throughout the movie Stryker is developed with the use of lighting like by the way that he emerges from the helicopter during the raid at the school, Stryker is backlit and scary music is played later in the scene troops touches also light him from behind. Later on in the movie when Stryker is interviewing Xavier low light and various torture instruments are shown around the wall of his base of operations. Also in this scene Striker’s hatred of mutants is displayed to the audience with the use of dialogue ‘mutation is not a disease’ ‘your lying’ his some mutant 143 as he calls him caused his wife to take a power drill to the left temple in an attempt to bore the images (that Jason had placed in her head) out.
6. Describe how a variety of production and story elements are used to engage the audience in TWO scenes from X2.
7. Describe the chain of cause and effect in X2.
The attack on the president is the main scene, which gets the ball rolling in the movie ‘X-men 2’. Once Stryker sets up the attack he gains authorisation to attack ‘Xavier’s school for gifted youngsters’ also the attack sends Jean and Storm in search for answers from night crawler. The attack on the school lead by Stryker is the next major scene in the movie. This see causes Night Crawler to become friends with them and help them free the mutant children later on. This leads the survivors at the school lead by Wolverine and the other teachers at Xavier’s school to go and rescue the captured children with the help from there new friend Night Crawler.
9. What narrative possibilities exist at the beginning of the movie? Are they forgotten about or resolved as the film progresses?
There are few narrative possibilities that exist at the begging of the film including the main one the attack on the president. Which isn’t forgotten as the movie progresses as it leads Stryker into attacking the school and gaining the plans for Cerebro. This storyline gets followed right through the movie as it leads into Strikers death at the conclusion of the movie. Other narrative possibilities that exist in the movie include
10. Discuss how ideas of oppression and minority groups are developed in the film - refer to a range of production and story elements.
11. How can reception context affect audience engagement with X2?