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Experience the awesome power of The X-Men's epic, final battle. Join well-known mutant heroes and villains, and meet a cadre of all-new warriors -- including Angel, Beast, Juggernaut and Colossus -- in this thrilling, explosive adventure!
After a controversial "cure" is discovered, mutants can choose to retain their superhuman abilities or give up their unique gifts and become "normal." When peaceful mutant leader Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) clashes with his militant counterpart, Magneto (Ian McKellen), the battle lines are drawn for the war to end all wars.
Bursting with nonstop action, spectacular special effects and exclusive extras, X-MEN THE LAST STAND is a force of nature that "will blow you away!"
X-Men: The Last Stand is the third installment in the popular superhero franchise, and it's an exciting one with a splash of fresh new characters. When a scientist named Warren Worthington II announces a "cure" for mutant powers, it raises an interesting philosophical question: is mutant power a disease that needs a cure, or is it a benefit that homo superior enjoys over "normal" human beings? No surprise that Magneto (Ian McKellen) and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants resist the idea that they need to be cured, and declare war on the human race. But it's a little tougher for the X-Men, led by Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Storm (Halle Berry). If you're Rogue (Anna Paquin), for example, your power means you can't even touch your boyfriend, Iceman (Shawn Ashmore). To compound matters, someone previously thought dead has returned, and might be either friend or foe.
With director Bryan Singer having moved on to Superman Returns, the franchise passes to the hands of Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), whose best work is done in the big action sequences such as a showdown between mutant armies. But it's difficult to manage the sheer volume of characters when adding longtime comic-book stalwarts such as Beast (Kelsey Grammer) and Angel (Ben Foster), and one character in particular deserved better than an off-screen dismissal. And fans of the original Dark Phoenix comic book story might be underwhelmed by the movie's resolution. X-Men: The Last Stand is presumably the last film in the series, but the ambiguous ending leaves possibilities open. Look for the two writers most responsible for making the X-Men who they were, Stan Lee and Chris Claremont, in early cameos. --David Horiuchi
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- Overall this movie is...
So I went to see this movie on opening day with some friends and I came away satisfied. I saw it for the second time, but I wasn't excited that some characters were nowhere to be found (Nightcrawler) and others were cast aside early on into the movie (Cyclops & Mystique).Though some characters did get decent and meaningful deaths (Professor X & Jean) the deaths still felt unneeded.
This week I wasn't feeling to great and was trying to find something to watch that I hadn't already seen a hundred times and I picked X-men 3. I turned on the movie expecting that an hour and forty-eight minutes of my life would be wasted. Luckily I was wrong.
Sure this movie isn't the best movie ever, but by no means is it the worst movie ever. It's a fun action movie; if you're looking for a deep, emotional story then this won't be your cup of tea, but if you're looking to get away for awhile and just have some fun then this movie is definitely worth the rental price.
- are you people kidding me?
this movie is a disgrace.
Why do they think they could get away with killing Dr X? no. thats wrong. he doesnt die ESPECIALLY CYCLOPS he never dies in the comics or the tv show? this movie makes no sense.
especially when they use THREE darts to take out magneto instead of saving one for jean grey. she wouldnt have had to die. and neither would the series....more info
- 2.5 stars out of 4
The Bottom Line:
Unfortunately not the last stand for this series, Xmen III suffers from too many characters and the fact that the screenwriters don't know what to do with them--the reasonable heights reached in the previous 2 movies aren't approached and the viewer is left disappointed....more info
- "Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen....", July 13, 2007
Its been four/five years since X2 - X-MEN UNITED was released in theaters and was hailed by audiences everywhere (negative or positive). To be frank a lot happened in the span of four years ---Bryan Singer ditching the "X" production for "Superman" among other things--- and X-MEN: The last stand really shows what four years without the headmaster and an excellent writing team can do to an over-popular movie franchise that seemed to work even when a lot CBM's didn't. For some reason the characters, the storyline and the movie itself seemed to suffer from its own ego and poor writing. For starters, Brent Ratner did not do a horrible job as far as directing movies go. However, if you gonna blame someone (beyond Ratner) then blame the producers, the scenario, and screenplay writers. Storyline based on Joss Whedon's "Mutant Cure" storyline in "ASTONISHING X-MEN" and the ever-famous DARK PHOENIX saga reveals that LAST STAND had potential enough to become third greatest movie of the X-MEN series but falls flat because of lack of depth in the characters and the introduction of way too many NEW characters to merit something wonderful. THE LAST STAND was like watching a big-budget show and tell at school: The mutants would show up on screen, flaunt their gifts in their fifteen minutes of fame, then become a distant memory or in this case an extra actor.
I was expecting the flashback concerning Magneto and Professor X going to the Grey household to recruit Jean Grey to be interesting or at least impressive. It was none of the above. While the "DE-Aging" CGI they used on Stewart and McKellen was impressive the scene felt like it was directed and acted out in a campy kind of way. There was not a serious atmosphere about it in short. The storyline from there feels like it wants to become something. Especially when they use about half the movie's hour talking and planning things. Another thing that irked me was that the movie had the humans announcing they, or rather Angel's father, had created a permanent cure for the mutant 'disease' -- with the use of a mutant child named Leech (Camron Bright)-- instead of the diplomatically immune alien Ord ["The terrible"?] who originally brought the means of the cure to the female Dr. Kavita Rao. In truth, it suffers from the same problem BLADE: TRINITY suffered from. The introduction of new characters, the misuse of the focal character, and weak storyline. Only that movie managed to merit something as memorable opposed to LAST STAND. The storyline in XM:TLS was not fleshed out as well as the previous movies storylines were. The fact that there were far too many subplots attached to many of the new (good and bad) or old characters that were never dwelled on was a bloody shame. And the ending, to me, was just too "Happily Ever After," and unsurprisingly unfinal.
Tweaking of the previous characters such as Storm, Rogue, Bobby, Wolverine, Jean, Magneto, and Pryo was a positive and negative. The simple fact that Halle Berry was given something more to do in this film besides look pretty and let the FX do the all the work was major hit with me. If anything she was the true spectacle of the entire film; She acted like the leader she was potrayed as in the comics and her action sequences were the best! Even Halle's acting felt like it got better for some particular reason. I was disappointed with her fight scenes with Callisto. All Callisto seemed to do her was run circles around her then knee Storm in the stomach in both their fights. Plus the camera was in too close on the actresses in some scenes. The disappearance of Rogue's character was an all round disappointment to me: She was literally shoved aside to give the 3d actress for Kitty Pryde for screen time; Even the chemistry between Anna Paquin and Hugh Jackman was missing in their short moment on-screen together. This was the movie I was really hoping -- like they did with Storm -- would do something with the timid Southern Belle who was the focal point of the first movie. Alas it was not to be. Pryo's character wasn't shown nor did it change much from the second movie. As far as being Magneto's right hand man and rival to Ice-man he did nothing except show off his funky near bleach-blond hair style and fire mechanisms on his wrists.
Jean Grey was never my favorite character to begin with, though it may be simply because people place her character on such a high mantle of glory, but Famke Jansen's performance was good as the Dark Phoenix. I was both happy and unmoved by the change of personality for this so-focused on female lead. Her darker persona fit her characterism a lot better her good-guy persona did. However, the disappointments I had with her character is that she barely showed remorse for "killing" Cyclops, and Xavier. Her DARK PHOENIX persona lacked whatever sinister-like qualities that made her so cool in the comics. Wolverine and Magneto were probably the biggest disappointments for me in LAST STAND: Wolverine's character went from "loner/father figure (X-Men)" - "demi-gallant (X2)" - to "Puppy-dog looking to move in on Cyclops' vacant spot" in the LAST STAND. While they stayed true to his obsession for Jean Grey, Wolverine seemed so far removed from his original character from the previous films that I almost thought I was looking at another person altogether.
Sure he still retained the same quirks that made him Wolverine, but he just lacked that certain something that made him so cool to me in the movies. Magneto's character went from cunningly smart to stupidly reckless and absentminded in the span of four years. His character seemed to rush into things and ditch members of his brotherhood quicker than a man could yodel in the mountains. Even his decisions on how to deal with the humans and their cure seemed absurd and unlogical. Ian McKellen's acting seemed way off in the movie; He was very un-Magneto. Lastly, Iceman was more or less a simple unexplored plot-device for the untouched Rogue/Bobby/Shadowcat triangle. He was also among the non-liked characters on my list and his characterization in the movie just gave me more of a reason to dislike him. To be frank I favored the first Actress they used for Shadowcat, Sumela Kay, as opposed to the second actress, Katie Stuart, and Ellen Page. Page just did not have the acting abilities to make Kitty something of a memorable character like Anna Paquin did for Rogue. If anything she made her unbearingly annoying with her less than average performance. Other characters like Beast (Grammar) and Colossus are instant likeables. My only problem with both characters was that Beast was made a diplomat and not a scientist and Colossus was not focused on much as a main character.
The axing of most veteran characters for the barely touched upon new characters was also a problem. While he was never my favorite character to begin with, shunting Cyclops was probably the second biggest mistake the film made just so it could focus on the "Wolverine x Jean" attraction. I read GIFTED and watched the PHOENIX/DARK PHOENIX arc in the animated series and it didn't dawn on me until the end of the movie what they really could've done with his character. Among other things, it was that dynamic in Cyclops' and Jean's relationship that made the PHOENIX/DARK PHOENIX saga compelling. And he is the leader after all, but the films demoted him to less than a background character. Alas, I really blame SUPERMAN RETURNS for the lack of Cyclops in the movie. Seriously, what is James Marsden gonna do?: Get shunted again by his lady-friend (Lois) for Superman? The de-mutanizing of Mystique was horrible: The coolest female character in the franchise and they axed her with a fate she considers whose than death. It was like they really wanted to focus more on Callisto as Magneto's right hand woman and rid us of Rebecca Stamos' character. Which also begs to the questions: How did the Government catch Mystique in the first place if she was masqurading as Senator Kelly? There wasn't even a mention of her capture on the news in the movie. The death of Professor Xavier, while emotionally moving, was kind of a disaster waiting to happen. It was as though the screenplay writers could not think of what to do with his character and simply decided to kill him off for some short lived arbitrary drama. Which sucked, Patrick Stewart was the probably the best actor in the entire movie.
Now as for the subject of acting?: Most of the originally actors seem to put the same heart they used in the previous two films, even the ones that were wrongfully axed. But as this very short movie progresses you begin to notice the newcomers and other previous actors are lacking in serious atmosphere and talent. But most notably Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellen were the weakest of the originals. They hardly seemed to take their roles seriously and thus were far too campy. Famke Jennsen was all right playing her darker persona Phoenix, but when it came to her "emotional" scenes with Jackman they lacked a serious something that would've made these scenes spark. Grammar as beast is another actor that did surprisingly well in his role as the DIPLOMAT Hank McCoy/Best. Even the sillest lines he made his own and convincing enough to sound like something The Beast would say. The CGI in the film was a hit and miss in most terms of the phrase. Most of the time the CGI looked amazing and somewhat of an improvement over the previous films. Storm's FX was the best out of the entire film. The way they had her performing her attacks or just the simple flying scenes were cool, well thought out. Other times it just looked visibly horrible and unfinished in a lot of the scenes. Most notably when Jean was lifting her house from the ground, Multiple-man (as I dubbed him), when Bobby freezes over (his mouth is not timed well with his words), Juggernaut and Shadowcat were playing tag with each other near the end of the movie, and then Jean's powers shredding everything she focuses on. Another disappointment is that they didn't show the SENTINEL beyond blinding headlights and its head falling to the ground in defeat! A major rip off for fans of this massive robot. The action sequences in the film were something to behold though they were noticeable problems with the wire tricks -- Colossus tossing Wolverine and Beast jumping around pummeling everyone.
All in all they got the adrenaline pumping afterward. The score composed by John Powell was all right; It suited the action-esque atmosphere in the movie but you'll be hard pressed to even bother paying attention to it. Most of the time you'll hear the theme of the movie, maybe an action BGM here and there but the audio of the film itself will drown out the score so it'll be nonexistent to the ears. All in all "X-MEN THE LAST STAND" is a half&half kind of movie; A major disappointment from such a highly praised movie series. -------- [3 out of 5]...more info
- Good special effects, terrible script
The government develops a cure for the mutant gene, which divides the mutant community with Professor X (Patrick Stewart) on one side and Magneto (Ian McKellan) on the other, each backed by their respective armies. What's good about it? There are tons of mutants expertly realized through spectacular special effects. It's great fun to see Beast (Kelsey Grammer), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones), and others in action. What's bad about it? There are tons of mutants, which means that none of the characters are well-developed. The script is a complete mess, killing off important, classic, well-established characters in off-handed ways as if they were red-shirted security men on "Star Trek." So it's fun to watch, but a deeply disappointing finale to an otherwise good series....more info
- Somewhat Okay, but Slightly Disappointing
I loved the first two movies in this series, but found this one slightly disappointing. There was a nice mix of characters and some interesting pieces to the plot, but, overall, I think this was a disappointment. I grew up reading my brother's X-Men comics and loved all of them, especially all of the neat crossover ones. I get the idea that they made this movie just to set up for a few more sequels, and they forgot to add a story to this one. I sat through it, but don't have a desire to watch it again. And I might not bother to watch any more additions to this series of movies. In comparison to the first two, this one falls short of the mark. I would only give it three and a half stars for the good actors and special effects, because the story is not that great. I now wish I had not put this on my wish list for Christmas....more info
- A return to when comic book movies were a joke
I held off on a viewing of X3 due to the departure of writers and directors from the previous 2 films. Eventually I decided to give it a shot on HD after hearing so much about the special effects, I expected to be wowed.
There certainly are some eye popping and detailed special effects, unfortunately they are just gimmicks like Magneto's use of the Golden Gate bridge instead of well thought out Xmen effects.
What can be said about the plot other than its old, tired, predictable and leads to some very stilted dialogue. Not once in this movie is anyone surprised, nor is there even any tension. Even as magneto rips the Golden Gate bridge off its foundation, most look on in a sense of 'meh'.
Lastly the casting, presentation, story and acting of the Beast character is far worse than one could imagine in a big budget film. While Frasier seems like a good choice for the Beast, it only works in voice over/cartoon format as actually seeing the aging Kelsey Grammar w/ the blue makeup and monkey suit is simply goofy. His fight sequences with the stunt double are rough transitions that are not in any way believable.
It was a gutsy call bringing an old character like the Beast to film, and one that clearly doesn't work at all. Xmen 2's use of Nightcrawler was fantastic as that film gave him motivation, and a soul for a few moments along w/ amazing special effects. Here in X3 the beast is unintentional comic relief.
In short this is a movie that never should have been made as it tarnishes XMen 1 and 2 forever....more info
- Blue Ray DVD
I received m DVD on time and in great condition. I would highly recommend this seller....more info
- Best of All 3 Movies!
I love this movie, lots of actions and special effects, don't miss it, comic book fan or not, you will not be disappointed; great movie but it or rent it!...more info
- Personally I was dissapointed
3 movies and you start killing everyone off already? Come on! Sorry for the spoiler, for those of you who don't know the story yet, but if you don't, save your money....more info
- Pleased as always!
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- The future is rosy even if the UN Ambassador is blue
The third act of this tragedy or drama is this time bringing the fight within the mutant community. The President of the USA, with his Secretary to Mutant Affairs who is not even informed, let alone associated, to the President's decisions on such a matter, has paid for the invention or devising of a special genetic vaccine to "cure" the mutants of their mutant-ness. This gives the opportunity to the bad mutants to gather some groups and even crowds and to start some terrorist action against this cure in the name that mutant-ness is not a disease. The final battle in order to destroy the research center that devised the "cure" and the scientist who is behind the discovery is spectacular with a bridge rotated in order to tie up San Francisco to Alcatraz by way of the Golden Gate Bridge. This time the battle will bring the bad mutants down once and for all. The leader of them, a certain Magneto, will be injected four doses of the "cure", the winged son of the President of the USA will save the scientist, and Wolverine, the man with metal bones and claws on his hands will get rid of the too famous Jean who had gone wild and evil after her resurrection from the water catastrophe in the previous film. Then peace and safety are finally assured and men and mutants can live happily together thereafter and have many children. Such films are definitely naive as for the meaning but they are saved by the special effects and are entertaining after all. We could of course compare this trilogy with the Aliens first three films, or with the Terminator trilogy, or the two Star Wars trilogies. We would always find somewhere the belief that the future is not so grim as it may look and that good will always get over evil. Then the differences are in the surviving or winning models. From the Genesis or Ragnarok model of Terminator, to the bi-partisan peace of this X-Men trilogy, to the never ending resurrection of the Aliens in the Aliens series, to the democratic victory of the two Star Wars trilogies, we can write volumes on the persistence and return of such ideological, supposedly religious or philosophical models, but the best novel ever written on that subject remains Stephen King's The Stand.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
- Best in series!
If you have not watched the previous ones, then do so. This is the best in the series; I re-watched it last night and am glad it is in my library....more info
- X-Men - The Last Stand DVD
Excellent DVD! It definitely keep me engrossed with the visualizations and interesting storyline. Received in perfect condition, and quick and easy transaction....more info
- I want more Xmen!!
Great movie I hope they make more Xmen movies was a tease at the end you need to make sure to see....more info
- This Blu-Ray not much better than regular DVD
Best of the X-men films and I have almost every X-Men comic ever printed. Now onto this blu-ray transfer. Ive only had a blu-ray player a short time and have the ten free movies it came with. This is the only one of the ten that only uses the single layer 25g space. This was most certainly rushed to blue-ray to cash in on X-mas shoppers. The sound is exactly the same as the collectors edition DVD!! The picture is a little better. This I would not buy if you already have the regular dvd because the way this player (Sony S-300) upscales you barely notice. Shame on Fox for this one, they did a good job on Fantastic Four/ Surfer blu-ray though....more info
- Watch to the VERY end
Many viewers leave the theatre as the credits start to roll or turn off the DVD at that same point. If they do, they miss a very important added scene that follows the lengthy credits. It is a REAL SURPRISE so will not add a spoiler.
As for the main film, it is a rather nice extension of the X-Men saga. Not great or as good as the first two, but taken for what it is, it's rather enjoyable and better than most third follow up films.
WATCH THAT LAST SURPRISE SCENE!...more info
- Wolverine doesn't cry! He kills.
X-Men: The Last Stand is the second sequel to X-Men, and unlike the first sequel it falls far short of the original. I could spend a lot of time getting into why Brett Ratner is as much to blame for the this as Joel Shumacher was for the near fall of the cinematic Batman. We may very well be one sequel away from a screenplay riddled with puns and fight scenes choreographed like a Broadway show or Disney on ice. Don't hold me to it...all I'm saying is that this disappointing garbage is a few more steps in that direction.
X3 (because us American's love for our blockbuster movies to have the shortest colloquialisms possible) mimics the Dark Phoenix saga by legendary comic writer Chris Claremont, and it mixes that arc with a newer story I'm not so familiar with. I'm assuming this is where the idea of the mutant cure comes from. In short, there is a cure available and it might mean the end of mutants, so we might be tempted to ask ourselves some important questions and a better filmmaker like Bryan Singer may have made these questions far more clear and allowed the answers to cut more deeply. We've developed differently our whole lives, so how much would we really enjoy being like everyone else on Earth? What does Mystique, a shape-shifter who prefers to walk around blue and scaley as opposed to adjusting her appearance like we know she can, really think of this opportunity? What about everyone else and how can a director address this with such a large cast? Ratner is not up to the task of making these observations interesting...he does however know how to direct straight action and make a highly commercial film. He did his job.
Singer on the other hand brought a tremendous amount of emotion and soul to his films, and he did this without being remotely heavy-handed. As a bonus he could also deliver straight action, but in his films we actually cared about the characters. In the second X-Men film we got to see Pyro blast some cops in front of Bobby Drake's house and then we got to see Bobby fly away with the other mutants, but instead of seeing some more explosions and loud jet engines, we see Bobby briefly glance at his family who just betrayed him...and we connect. Here in X3, I honestly just wanted to see the fire guy fight the ice dude. I wasn't buying into the characters anymore and the all-too-often clunky dialogue didn't help either. All the characters that were carried over from the other films are almost just empty shells of themselves from the previous movies, so I felt as if I had to think back to when I gave a damn.
But it's not all bad. Jean Grey's return from death in X2 as the ultra-powerful mutant Phoenix is fun to watch and the film doesn't pull punches to work toward a definitive end to the series (another reason an additional sequel could be dangerous). I'm not a real fan of the comic, but I'm familiar with it enough to know that hardcore fans have countless concerns for how there favorite characters are portrayed. It's not a horrible movie in comparison to some movies of it's ilk. The real disdain for me lies in how X3 betrays the depth of the first two films....more info
- While the whole thing is really far-fetched, it's worth watching to see how it all ends
The first two X-Men movies were short but really great. The Last Stand unfortunately doesn't live up to the other two, but it's worth watching for those who want to see how it ends. (SPOILER WARNING) It's a pretty good movie but the whole story is based off of shaky foundations and very far-fetched ideas. Jean comes back from the dead because apparently her powers formed a cocoon of some sort. She kills Cyclops and Xavier (sad moment) and is then convinced my Magneto to help him take over the world. She was DEAD! And now we're supposed to believe her powers are the most dangerous of any ever discovered? Uh... ok.
To keep it simple, The Last Stand mainly suffers from an 'out there' storyline. Otherwise the movie is good with spectacular special effects, an excellent music score, and some more great acting. If you liked the first two films you should watch this, if not then don't bother, because you'll only like it less....more info
- X-Men:The Last Stand does not deliver in a jumbled mess of dull dialogue and poor acting.
In defense of Director Brett Ratner, he did the best he could under the time constraints for this film and the fact that Singer abandoned his "child" to direct Superman Returns. Writers Kinberg and Penn are seasoned pros, but both came into the film after Singer left and took the original screenwriters, Harris and Dougherty with him to Superman. Basically, they started with nothing and were able to create something just above nothing. Its the same old tired out storyline of good mutants versus evil mutants with a little bit of modern day political agenda thrown in for good measure.
It is not just the poor screenplay that ruins the film. Unfortunately, The Last Stand lacks the acting necessary to carry what is supposed to be one of the most tear-jerking, intense narratives in the X-Men comics, The Dark Phoenix Saga. Typical of comic book films lately, do not expect to find the original story arc in this movie. The dialogue between our heroes is tedious, a slap in the face to readers who know that Marvel Comics have always been cerebral in nature. The special effects are not up to par and even the actor chosen for the minor role of President was horrible. (Cotter Smith where were you?) This film was a huge disappointment and an embarrassment to the X-Men franchise.
There were major faux pas and incongruities in this film. Beware! If you have not seen the film, there are spoilers ahead. Stop reading now and know that if you are a fan of the X-Men series you will be very dissatisfied. Stick with the first two and pretend this film was never put to celluloid.
In an opening scene, we see Professor X walk to the Grey's door. Prof. X was paralyzed before he started the School for the Gifted and so would have been in his wheelchair at this point. Instead of using clever dialogue to establish that we are in the past, the writers and director chose to cop out and remove a prop that should have been present if they had back checked their facts.
The Phoenix kills Scott in the first twenty minutes of the movie. While the Phoenix side of Jean might not get along with Scott, she never would have outright killed him. Not only is this anti-climatic, but clearly, the only reason for his death was that the actor (Marsden) had other obligations i.e.: Superman Returns.
Where was the Phoenix? Jean looks more like a goth girl gone wrong rather than the fiery entity of the Phoenix. We never get to see her rise from the ashes in a blazing inferno. Singer had clearly laid the groundwork in the second movie; her eyes had fire in the them and at the end of the film, we saw the Phoenix fly across the lake. That idea was obviously trashed when the new director took over.
The scenes involving Wolverine and Storm debating/arguing are forced and tiresome. It seems as though the director gave up on accents in this film as Ororo went from having a strained Kenyan accent in the first movie to none at all by the third. Of course, it may be that Ms. Berry had difficulty acting her part or was asked to stop attempting the accent.
The entire middle of the film was unnecessary. There were too many scenes of Magneto rousing the troops, too many cut scenes to the forest (yes we get it, he is in the woods!) too much of the President babbling "God Help Us" or gathering the troops. Where were the scenes of Jean/Phoenix struggling with the fact that she had just killed her lover/husband and her mentor/father figure?
Why bother introducing characters like Callisto, Psylocke, Spike (who are not mentioned by name) and Archlight if only to kill them off unceremoniously at the end of the film?
Why kill off Jean - again.
One creative point of the movie was Jean's split personality disorder creating the Phoenix rather than an alien entity. It would have been more poignant, however, if Jean had lived, having to face that she had killed the people she loved most in life. There is no real justice or even remotely successful conclusion to this film....more info
- Pitiful *SPOILERS*
That was by far the worst movie I ever watched. The plot was awful and there was little continuity.
A "cure" is made by the humans for the mutants to rid them of their powers, which I think could've made for a good main plot. But instead, the movie turns its attention to the return of Jean Gray as the Dark Pheonix, who I found was COMPLETELY unneccessary to bring back. I didn't like her in any of the movies, and there was little continuity with her. In the 2nd movie, to quote Storm, she had to concentrate to lift a book. Then all of a sudden she's a Class 5 mutant? Where did that come from? Not to mention she killed off Cyclops and Charles Xavier, who was my favorite character. Their deaths were also unneccessary. In my opinion, Jean should have stayed dead. She made her sacrifice, don't bring her back.
What also annoyed me was how they veered off from the "cure" to this whole Jean/Dark Phoenix plot. Not to mention Wolverine became more of a softie in this movie.
I know it may seem I'm ripping into the whole Jean/Dark Phoenix plot, but there are other parts that I think were awful.
The script was terrible. Many characters that were leads were suddenly thrown into the shadows. I also think they should've brought back Nightcrawler. I liked his character, he was interesting yet flawed.
They need to stop making Magnito the villian. It was a nice change of pace when the army and Stryker were the villians, I wish they could've done that again, it might've saved the movie.
There were some good characters, however. I liked Beast, as well, he was an enlightening character. Juggernaut made me laugh, especially in the deleted scene of him. When Mystique was turned human, it was very depressing. She was one of the best female characters in the film, I found it amusing she could fly virtually any craft she stepped into. I have little opinion of Angel, being as he appeared very little in the movie.
I feel a bit better after venting the bad points of this. Thank you for reading....more info
- A nice surprise
When I sat down to watch this movie, I wasn't expecting much. Reviews from this movie release turned me off from seeing it even though I enjoyed the first two installments. To my surprise, this was actually a very good movie...as far as superheroes go. Sure, I was stunned by Professor X's and Cyclops early departure, especially since it comes at the hands Gray/Phoenix. I was surprise that Wolverwine doesn't exhibit any guilt. If he hadn't set Phoenix loose in the first place, none of this would have happened. Berry's Storm as usual was boring, Rogue, I always thought was a boring mutant. Honestly, I thought the boy was going to be the answer to curing Phoenix, since no one's powers work around him, but it doesn't seem that answer occured to anyone. So we bring Gray back just to kill her again. I love the explanation to how she returned: "I don't know". Alrighty then. Why not just have her say "because the screenwriters said so"? Still, this was an entertaining installment BUT it definitely needs to end here. ...more info