Critiques: X-Men: The Last Stand –
May 26th, 2006,02:13 PM
A "cure" for mutancy threatens to alter the course of history. For the first time, mutants have a choice: retain their uniqueness, though it isolates and alienates them, or give up their powers and become human. The opposing viewpoints of mutant leaders Charles Xavier, who preaches tolerance, and Magneto, who believes in the survival of the fittest, are put to the ultimate test--triggering the war...
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.
Release Date: May 26th, 2006 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, some sexual content and language.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox
Official Website: http://www.x-menthelaststand.com/
X3 is fast-paced, the action is fine and makes for a great summer blockbuster. Seriously, there's hardly a chance to catch your breath in between scenes, it just keeps moving.
I also left the threatre infuriated because, in only 104 minutes, this movie took the story places that killed the franchise.
Without spoiling the film:
Wolverine, once the tormented soul of the franchise struggling to discover his past, the film does not even touch upon that aspect. He is relegated to forced pep-talks and kicking-butt (which is cool, but what about his origin that used to be so important?).
Storm has the lion's share of the dialogue, yet, we learn nothing new about her. At all. It's just filler. As for Beast, his few lines still don't reveal the man beneath the makeup. You don't learn very much about him at all, there's no connection with this very likable character.
Angel, who was featured prominently in the trailers, has about 2 lines and 2 shots of him flying around. His story is so intriguing with the pressure and disapproval of his father, yet, we know nothing about him. Juggernaut, Mystique, Cyclops, Professor X, Iceman, Colussus, Kitty, and the others only have bit roles.
See a pattern?
There's nothing by way of character development. A dozen new (and uninteresting) mutants appear but none of them are developed, they're either well-behaved students or angry goth kids.
The issue of the mutant cure in under developed, mutants struggling with the decision to take the cure is under developed, even the Phoenix story is under developed. The director tries to touch on all these, and he succeeds in just touching.
And without spoiling, the story goes in places that destroys the franchise. It sucked the fun right out.
Why try to cram a handful of potentially scintillating subjects and dozens of new mutants into a 104 minute film and end everything? The ending didn't resolve anything, the entire film felt hollow.
Yes, it's entertaining, but for fans who love X-Men and want to see this franchise strong for 1000 years to come the fun is over. I don't even care if they make another X-Men film, the fun is over for me.
Last edited by hiphopcr; May 26th, 2006 at 02:18 PM.
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