The Last Stand

By Adam | May 30, 2006

This past weekend, I was able to watch one of my most anticipated movies of the year: X-Men 3: The Last Stand. After much fanfare and build-up, I was expecting a spectacular blockbuster movie with great effects, character development, and emotional connection. What I was treated to was a frenetic action eye-candy that attempted to do too much in too little time. How disappointing.
The departure of Bryan Singer as director is deeply felt in this movie. Brett Ratner was unable to capture the magic and emotion of the first two X-Men movies. The brooding thoughtfulness and meticulous character development was the draw to the first two movies. The third introduces too many characters and plotlines and doesn’t devote enough screen time in order to make them effective. It was like watching several sequels thrown into one movie; any one of which would have made a spectacular flick.
The Dark Phoenix thread… after being built up so well during X2, this plot just fell flat. The mutant cure thread… contrived, but necessary. What about the Sentinels? What about Apocalypse? Why not choose these as viable plotlines?
It was great to see many of the X-Men make an appearance. Kelsey Grammar as the Beast: excellent choice. At first, I was skeptical, but it worked. Colossus was a great addition. It would’ve been nice to have Nightcrawler return; however in this movie, it would’ve just been one more screen distraction. Famke Janssen did a great job as Jean Grey as well. And no more brooding Wolverine in this film… we are greeted with Hugh Jackman portraying a very “John Wayne”-ish Wolverine.
The effects weren’t the best in the world. I honestly felt that they didn’t top those found in X2. Among the best, the opening sequence with Professor X and Magneto and the Golden Gate bridge sequence.
Bottom line: decent popcorn flick. This film paid decent lip-service to the X-Men fanboys, but overall it fell flat. I’ll give it 5 of 10 stars.

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