Wednesday, May 31, 2006

X-Men 3: The Last Stand

WARNING - There may be spoilers in this post.

I finally got to see X3 with my little brother today. We missed the first two showtimes we were aiming for today, but finally made it in and I just got back home.

I don't know what the general consensus is of the film as I have avoided every mention of the movie like the plague so nothing would be spoiled for me. All I knew going in beyond what the trailers showed was how much it made on opening weekend.

Now, as for what I thought of the film, I thought it was decent. It wasn't great, but it didn't suck either. It definitely wasn't as good plot-wise or story-wise as the first two. But it was better than say, Daredevil and Hulk.

So here are the positive points. We got to see more mutants such as Kitty Pryde and Juggernaut, and they were awesome. We also got to see more and better use of powers by the star cast. Iceman iced up all the way finally, Kitty rocked the house against Juggy, and Storm got to flex her powers a bit more.

The fight scenes were awesome, especially Beast, who I was thoroughly impressed with and pleasantly surprised by. I knew Grammar as Hank would be awesome, but as Beast in action I had reservations. Beast was excellent through and through.

It was cool seeing the danger room, albeit briefly.

Phoenix was very well done and gave some very shocking moments.

Some of Magneto's merry mutants were cool, such as the quill guy, Arclight (despite the bizarre appearance) and the girl who could run fast.

The way it ended did give hope for another sequel (stay until the credits roll for a very brief scene).

Now the negative. The plot was fine, but the execution of it was lame. Sure, it's cool seeing the mutants war over the supposed cure, but when that lone fight on a small island (where Alcatraz is) is the only threat and you have the President of the US saying God help us all, it just doesn't play well. If Magneto and company had waged war on the country or even the world because of the cure it would have lived up to its potential. But as it was, it was an isolated attack that amounted to nothing but a bunch of senseless casualties.

The acting in this movie was not as good as previous films. Halle was better, but the overall factor in the lameness was the cheesy and uncharacteristic dialogue. They had Wolverine being big brother, all emotional and crying. Crying? It's Wolverine! And Magneto having remorse seconds after he's defeated just felt really forced.

Speaking of characterization, there was very little of it in this movie. Bobby, Kitty, Storm and Beast had their moments, but they just wasted Psylocke and Angel. Two major characters like those and they are in like three small scenes each with little or no lines.

The Danger Room for me was a let down. They had showed the entire Danger Room scene in the trailer except for it all fading away revealing the empty room. That was it. I don't know what was so expensive about that.

The scenes were choppy and all over the place jumping from this to that constantly throughout.

Cyclops supposedly dies in the first 15 minutes of the film, as does Xavier. What a rip!

Colossus has no growth in this film, and they failed to take advantage of Colossus vs. Juggernaut!

I could go on, but suffice it to say, if this was the last one it sucked. If it continues I can forgive this one as long as they get Singer back for the fourth!

I will say that the action and fight scenes in this one were far better than the previous two. We got to see Wolverine in full berserker mode, Beast as agile as he should be, Kitty taking full advantage of her powers, the fastball special, Storm and the speed girl really going at it, Jean Grey doing the unthinkable, etc. The action alone was worth it. Had the action been subpar the movie would've possibly been a flop in my opinion.

I just think there were so many great ideas in this movie that were executed poorly. Every element of the film had humongous potential and promise, but it fell short on so many levels. It's like you could see how this would go this way or that and then they'd blow it.

I think they messed up having too many mutants in this one taking away from being able to build upon Juggy, Colossus, Angel, etc. more.

I's still recommend going to see it. If you can sit through Hulk this will be a piece of cake and much more enjoyable. Let's just hope this isn't a trend and Spidey 3 doesn't fall prey to the same problems here.

So I give it a C+ to a B-. That's the best I can do I'm afraid.



Jason Berek-Lewis said...

Thanks for the review. I haven't seen this yet and I will probably wait to pick it up on DVD. Overall I think X-Men and X-Men 2 were a let down, so I hope this pics up the pace ...

Me? I am DYING to see Superman Returns!

Brant W. Fowler said...

Well I loved X-Men and X2 personally. I would have loved this one had they done it better. lol. But the action was off the chain.