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X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006) July 23, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Action, Adventure, Movies, Sci-Fi.
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X-Men 3: The Last StandDir. Brett Ratner

Starring Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Patrick Steward, Kelsey Grammar etc.,

I’ve always felt Brett Ratner sort of screwed Jackie Chan’s US career over with the Rush Hour movies. They made him a stereotypical image of himself, and the action sequences were not up to his standard of excellence. Going into this movie I’d heard some stuff already, how this wasn’t as good as the first two X-Men flicks, so all in all I probably was a bit wary.

This movie, i felt, has lost a few key things. There is no real outsider element in the story, it’s wholly turned to “minority against majority” political allegory. What I mean by that is that there are just way too many mutants to make them outsiders, at least that is how it is perceived in the storyline. The X-Men also lost the team element, the feeling of a bond, evidenced by Wolverine’s up-in-arms line “We work as a team!” 10 minutes before the friggin end of the movie. I just don’t feel it though. It’s all there, neatly in place, to support the storyline. And the storyline is there to support a fourth movie no doubt.

The plot is not so much told, as it is marked out with big red flags, like a slalom course were you can see where it’s all gonna lead long before it happens. There are a few exceptions, like when you have to told what happened, because the movie was too vague.

What’s good about it then? Well some scenes will be very entertaining to fans of the comics, others will be enjoyable by all, but there is really only enough glue here to barely hold it all together. It’s definitely watchable, but I think everyone who sees it will have some gripe or other with it.

Keywords: Superheroes, X-Men, Marvel, Mutants

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