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Cinema Crazed Review - X-Men: The Last Stand
by Neal Bailey, published on June 4, 2006
Well, I can hear the hisses from about a mile away, but honestly, I have no complaints about this movie. I really, really liked it.
I went in expecting absolute crap. Not because I had any knowledge, but because of bad internet buzz. Mostly Aint It Cool News, spiking this movie from top to bottom with a ton of reporting on how much the movie would tank, coupled with a bunch of fan boys agreeing, then buying eight tickets for the opening day. Ive noticed them doing that quite a bit over the years. Attaching to projects and promoting it, or spurning them and trying to spike them. The fan base kind of goes with them, which is sad, because really, its best to see a movie before you condemn it.
And this movies a good reason.
Most of the blasphemies brought up by folks are really things that you can either take or leave, and if you take them, youre gonna be ticked. Like Juggernauts suit. Or Magneto dropping the bridge and no one noticing. Or the day-then-night on the bridge.
There are inconsistencies like that. Inconsistencies that are present in most every super-hero movie, but which are for some reason more scrutinized with this movie, likely because Ratners record is pretty patchy with Rush Hour. Red Dragon wasnt half bad, but then, hes not necessarily a tried-and-true comic guy. But then, neither was Singer, and now hes a benchmark.
I actually enjoy this movie more than X-Men 2. Not because X-Men 2 didnt rock my socks and isnt a benchmark for super-hero movies, but more because this movie took that plot and ran with it. Yeah, no Shiar. And yeah, no Phoenix...in...spaaaaaaaace! But for a movie, and the limitations movies provide, this is really like the next story in the series, not what Brett Ratner wanted to do with X-Men, which is how its been played the whole way through in the fan community.
Do a lot of people die? Yeah. Does it close off any storylines at all? No. Both Xavier and Magneto are still in the story, Cyclops had no body. Jean is gone, yeah, but shes the PHOENIX.
And best of all, Im the juggernaut, BITCH! That about says it all for me.
I havent felt like Ive been in a good summer movie since Batman Begins, and its a good feeling to have again. Watch Supes mop the floor with this movie, but still.
The plot is a classic X-plot. Phoenix and the cure. You dont get more classic than that. The only thing they havent done definitively now is Days of Future Past. Other than that, Im pleased with this run of movies. I feel like I could watch all three in a row and have it be one long narrative. Its good times.
And Kelseys beast? Pretty good. Pretty amazingly good considering thats Kelsey Grammer.
Halle Berry strikes me, just personally, as a bit of a face-value attention whore. Shes also disgusting to me, in that shes white americas SAFE example of a well-spoken black actress, given that shes lighter of skin and takes very typical roles, and HEY, shes won an award for playing a moron in a movie about morons.
In her personal life, she gets away with hit-and-run, is reported as a notorious diva without really having the chops or the record to be one, and reportedly, she demanded more face time in this movie to even do it.
Thereby, Storm becomes the liability of this film. They focus on her power when its not needed, give her things to do that dont make sense, and make her the speaker of the school when by all rights it should be Wolverine, or even someone who doesnt typically play second fiddle. Even Beast.
Fog where theres no need for fog. Berrys face on the screen. Ill handle this!
Swooping, angel-whore whip-kick attacks that Storm wouldnt survive or participate in. Shes just a normal human, remember? Someone kicks her in the face, she falls over. She cant suddenly catch a super-speed punch as she does in the final fight.
I dont see this as Ratners fault.
Also missing is Nightcrawler (but then, where would he fit in this story?), and notably, ROGUE. Yeah, shes in this movie, but mostly its to pout at Bobby and then run away. Its character development, but honestly, shes not really been in the last two movies, when she should be. Gambit?
Complaints aside, this is a really good movie. I enjoyed it. It fits into the story. Im gonna buy it. I dont really care who directed it or what fanboys think of it.
If you hated it, cool on you. I got no beef. Im just saying, I liked it