X-Men III: Last Stand
Movie Review by MaceVindaloo and Diasala
Author/Creator: Marvel Comics
Screenplay: Simon Kinberg, Zak Penn
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Romijn, Kelsey Grammer, Anna Paquin, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, etc.
Rating: Imperial Star Destroyer
The X-Men franchise has been a hugely popular to movie goers. The first installment rode the wave of creating blockbuster movies from the pages of comic books that have been beloved by a very large percentage of the populace. The second installment X2, X-men United, was even more popular that the first. So the hype and excitement over the most recent installment, I hesitate to say the last because we already know how Hollywood types work, was through the proverbial roof.
I went to see X-Men 3, Last Stand with one of the aforementioned comic book fans and he was skeptical this would live up to the hype. Integral to this movie was the introduction of many more of the comic book characters than had been used before. What really made this and other movies like it possible is that the special effects are now much more realistic and "believable" but then again, this movie used some of those effects in a non-believable way, so suffered a little for it.
The comic book fans first comments on leaving the theatre was, "Comic book fans should really like this. It stayed fairly authentic to comic characters and story." My comment was, "I am really glad the angsty whiney guy got smoked really early in the movie. No one really needs him being pathetic and detracting from the movie the whole time".
Despite reported production problems, the film hung together well and actually ended up becoming closer to the comics. For instance, Halle Berry reportedly did not sign on as Storm due to problems with director Bryan Singer, and her lack of character development in the first two movies of the franchise. But Singer left to take over for Superman instead (from Ratner, ironically enough), and the role was expanded for Storm so she was leading the X-Men, which is in keeping with the comics. Storm had lead them when Prof. Xavier was missing for a time ... Scenery like the "danger room" was taken directly from the comics, and the "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch" line is from a web comic parody and video game interpretation. Very good for the mega-dorks.
Some fans were disappointed, since the first two films were astounding, in their estimation. But they aren't giving up on the film, and are hankering and clamoring for X4. And why not? We all love films about super freaks, right?
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