The X-Men, mutant heroes sworn to defend a world that hates and fears them, are back! This time, with the help of new recruits The Beast and Angel, they must face evolution itself in the form of their former teammate, Jean Grey. Possessed with the cosmic power of the Dark Phoenix, the resurrected Jean Grey has become a danger to herself, her mutant comrades, and the entire planet. To stave off this imminent threat to humanity, a potential cure is discovered and processed to treat -- and ultimately eliminate -- genetic mutations, once and for all. Now, as the battle lines are drawn, the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, must contend with both Jean Greys world-consuming powers, as well as the malevolent Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xaviers former ally, Magneto.
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Well there was so much doubt about this movie and it is finally out. Inmy opinion they did a good job. We start the movie with Charles andEric going to Jeans house to bring her to the school. We then skip tothe future and it seems that the X-MEN are training. Awesome indeed.Scott seems to be a depressive state and is also getting messages fromJean. He leaves to go to the lake where she died. We also find out thata cure has been produced. Magneto has found out and is furious. Cyclopsgets to the lake and Jean is still contacting him. In a furious rage heblasts into the lake and wakes Jean up. He seems ecstatic but well-------. Back at the mansion Hank informs them of the cure and instorms word "Theres nothing to cure. Nothings wrong with us." Xavierfeels that something is wrong and tells Storm and Wolverine to get tothe Lake. They find Jean and get her back to the mansion. Then we learnwhat the truth is. To protect Jean from getting out of control Xavierneeded to put psychic blocks on her. Unfortunately she has broken freeof them and he needs to put them back up. Before he can do this shegets away. I think this is where I will stop. The movie gives us a goodcharacter development with all the mutants that were there before.There really is no sense in bringing more mutants into the equation andgetting us confused. No matter what people say. I think seeing themutants that were in the movie was fine. Everyone get their fill. Ofcourse the movie didn't follow the original story of Phoenix mergingwith Jean and going into space and everything. I think the reason whyRatner didn't do all of that was because of budget and it would havebeen way too CG'd and taken the quality away. I am a believer of thecomic book I know the stories. This was a good adaptation.
This is the conclusion of the X-men Trilogy, and since the release ofthis film the focus has shifted to prequel movies, such as Wolverineand First Class. There are rumours that a sequel to First Class is inthe works, and a sequel to Wolverine is in production (due for releasein 2013) where Wolverine goes to Japan. However that is a bit of atangent. In the film we are introduced to Beast, a heavily mutatedhuman which the qualities of an orangutan (and it is rather amusing tosee him refer to Wolverine as a boy when we discover, later, that hefought in the American Civil War, and I believe in the first film it issuggested that it is impossible to know how old he really is due to hisability to regenerate, and also that he has lost his memory).This film is based on two story arcs from the comics, Dark PhoenixRising and Gifted (which was written by Buffy and Firefly creator JossWheldon). This first story arc is about how Jean Grey is overwhelmed byher telekinetic and telepathic ability, while the second is about how acure to the mutation is discovered. It should be noted that byreferring to the comic books, Brett Ratner said that there were over 40years of stories that could be adapted to the big screen, though it isa shame that a number of the main characters (Cyclops, Sabretooth, andToad) are all dead.This film starts sometime after the end of the second film, andWolverine has been co-opted to assist in the school since Cyclops hasfallen into a fit of depression. However, after hearing voices thatsuggest that Jean is not dead, he travels to Northern Canada, and doesnot return. After a psychic alarm is triggered, Xavier sends Wolverineand Storm off to Northern Canada where they discovered Cyclops' glassesand an unconscious Jean, however no Cyclops. It is quickly discoveredthat Jean did not die when the water collapsed onto her, and that theevent has triggered a number of latent abilities, and not only does shebecome more powerful, but she embraces that power, and leaves the X-mento join Magneto's brotherhood of Mutants.Magneto is traveling about looking to regroup his Brotherhood, andbegins to approach a number of mutants who have not joined Xavier'sschool. It is here that we learn that the mutants are organised intoclasses, with one being the lowest and five being the highest. Most ofthe main cast are rated as four, and I suspect that it does notnecessarily relate to their powers, but their ability to control theirpowers. Magneto's power is so great that he is able to move the GoldenGate Bridge, while Storm not only has the power to manipulate theweather, but she can also fly, and shoot lightning bolts from herhands. Wolverine has the claws and the ability to regenerate (theadamantium skeleton was added later).There are a few continuity issues in the film compared with FirstClass. The film opens with Xavier walking into Jean Gray's house withMagneto. In First Class, Xavier was able to walk, but also had a fullhead of hair. Further, when Xavier and Magneto were still allies, theyhad not actually met Jean Gray, but it is suggested that it happenslater. However, it can be difficult to to try to remain consistent, andwe note that since they once again recast Hugh Jackman as Wolverine infirst class (though he only makes a cameo) it is suggested that theyare trying to maintain continuity. Personally I feel that these filmsare pretty good, and it would be good to try to maintain continuity,however it may be necessary to redo a couple of the scenes (and asentertainment slowly moves in the direction of internet streaming, thismay become possible).
Halle Berry killed Cyclops!!! The b****! In the interest of expandingher part, she just upped and had him offed. Not cool, Halle Berry! Thenshe goes and makes that corny speech about making the world a better,more peaceful place.No fooling us, Halle Berry. We know it was you who done offed Cyclops.Early in the script, Xavier turns to Halle Berry and says, "We'relooking to expand your part in this movie, Halle." And disingenuously,so disingenuously, she answers, "Oh, who? Me? What about Cyclops?Because I wasn't planning to off him or anything." And Xavier's like,"I'm not really fooled, Halle, because I can read your mind and knowyou want Cyclops out of the story. And don't worry, girlfriend. Thefact that you won an Oscar cinches it. We're going to arrange it. Andwe're going to pretend like it wasn't your idea. But deep down,everyone knows, WE ALL KNOW, it was you." And then, at the end of thescript that plays out like it was written in ten minutes by eightyear-olds with crayons, Wolverine does in the archetype of power madwoman, Dark Phoenix.Dark Phoenix is a symbol for who? Guess who. OK, you got it: HalleBerry.X3 is pretty deep.
For me as both a film lover and comic lover I have mixed views aboutthe film. As a film lover there is no argument that this is a greatmovie, entertaining, touching and at some times funny.But as a comic book lover I have many issue's with the film. I havemarked this comment with *SPOILERS* so if you haven't seen the filmstop reading.My first issue is the death of Scott Summers(Cyclops) so early. Yes Iknow James Marsden was doing Superman but his character should have hadmore screen time being a main role in the last two pictures. Second,the death of Professor X, needed to happen, yes, just didn't want itto.Next Magneto getting 'cured' bad twist that wouldn't happen! Even withthe tease at the end where the chess piece moves slightly. Also anissue with Mystique and Rogue also getting 'cured'. ROGUE WOULD NOT DOTHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! The new cast holds there own with a few good oneliners by Vinnie Jones, yes Vinnie Jones is actually Okay. Kitty(Shadowcat) Hank (Beast) and Piotr (Colossus) are great.Overall, a great ride and sufficient what I think end to the X-menfilms.
What more is expected? Put all triologies together and we have great cartoon - turned - reality episodes! If you understand the X-men, you'll know why certain things happen in this movie. Still, technology advances (compared to 20yr ago), have done this picture justice. Enjoy! (no need to get all deep)
What a pile of crap this movie is. I loved X-men. I loved the movies,the toys, the cartoon, and the comics. This movie did known of themjustice. It was a lame, chessey waste of time. First, how do you killoff the professor and cyclops. Mystique was in it 5 min., just longenough to get her naked. I am a huge fan of rebecca romjin gettingnaked and all but no point being in this movie. Two of the biggestX-men ever! The leaders. Then you cure rouge and magneto. Stupid. Thescript was good awful. The lines in this movie were awful. This moviewas awful. They should bring back Bryan Singer and redue this movie.This movie had nothing to do with anything in the comics. Then, we geta crappy love story subplot with Iceman and shadowcat that is boringand dumb. Overall I rate this movie as crap and will never see itagain. As far as I am concerned, the story ended at X2. Rathner, stickto Rush Hour, you were good at those.
I would give this movie an 8.5 out of 10. This action-packed moviedefinitely has a better storyline than the first two in the trilogy,and it's filled to the brim with amazingly fun mutants (Juggernaught,Shadowcat, and Beast being the coolest of the cool).Unfortunately, this movie seems to revolve around only Wolverine andStorm (much to the joy of Halley Berry) and a few of the mutants diewithin the first half hour of the movie.That is another problem: it moves way too fast! New characters areintroduced and you hardly recognize them when they come on screen thesecond time! Anger, for example, got the most publicity before themovie was released. However, he only has about fifteen minutes ofscreen time. Fans of Rogue, Xavier, Cyclops, Angel, Mystique, andNightcrawler (not even in the movie) will be disappointed.Another major let-down is that Gambit isn't in this final installment!!*sob* BUT, his absence from the movie is made up with Juggernaught, thecoolest evil mutant second only to Magneto.Iceman is also 10x cooler this time around (pardon the pun) as is hisarch-rival, Pyro. They eventually duke it out in the final battle,which proves to be the best on-screen battle I've ever seen in anymovie.Another crazy part of this movie is Jean Grey's transformation into theDark Phoenix. Her story is more like a remake of Carrie, but it is themost heart-grasping part of the film. Who dies, who gets "cured", andwho departs will leave jaws hanging and fans leaving either loving themovie to death or wishing it would burn in Marvel Hell.In short, this movie was a nice installment to the trilogy, withaction-packed battles being it's best trait, but it still leaves manyquestions unanswered. Had this movie been longer (much, much longer)then those loose-ends would've been tied up and the X-Men series wouldfinally be able to rest in peace.(And, yes, flash-movie fans, the Juggernaught does say his now-infamousphrase "I'm the Juggernaught, bitch!" in this movie!)
X3 did for the X-Men what Highlander 2 did for Highlander.Characters are misaligned characters, X-men in the brotherhood and viceversa. With the key characters dying in the first 30 min, or comingback from the dead, it is a wonder how many people could have possiblyhave voted this movie a 10. It goes to show what the studios will dowhen they realise that they have made a turkey. I am sure that thereare people that will like this movie, but no doubt their medicationprescription needs to be renewed. The special effects were great, butthey should have spent less on effects and more on a writer that couldput a coherentÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â .. Hmmm what is it again, hey may be I could thescript for X4-Tthe Abomination, sorry that's already been written.
Like most X-Fans i've been waiting for this movie ever since seeing thephoenix in the water at the end of X2. Recently people who attendedpress screenings and various critics etc. had given this film a lot offlak which upon viewing this excellent film I can only suppose is dueto their dislike of Brett Ratner. I'm not a fan of Brett's previouswork but he obviously wanted to stay close to the source material- boththe comics and previous films. The film itself is full of wonderful setpieces, fantastic special effects and great acting. James Marsden, whoplays a small yet important part gives a great performance as the griefstricken cyclops.All the other actors are excellent including EllenPage who gives a standout performance as Kitty Pride. The film is thebest in the trilogy and combines action and emotion seamlessly. If Ihad one problem it was the fact that Collusus' hair was silver. Butwhat are you gonna do...10/10
This movie, as my vote indicates, was absolutely awful. I cannotbelieve they would go this way with the story. I cannot recall much ofthis new storyline in any of the parts of the show or the comics that Ihave seen, heard of, or otherwise have in any way experienced. It verymuch seems like they were trying way, way, way too hard to make thismovie different from most anything in the X-men world whatsoever. Theredid seem to be some times where they tried to be traditional, but overall, there seemed to be only one scene that was in anyway resemblingtraditional X-men style. I may be a little old fashioned, but all inall, I was just flat out excited about this movie, but I left beingexcited about telling all of my friends how I couldn't believe whatthey had done. Granted, if this movie is gearing up for another X-menmovie with some kind of futuristic storyline spin-off where the thirdmovie turns out to be one of those crazy alternate realities that cableor bishop lives in, then I guess it could redeem itself slightly, butdon't use the whole third movie for that. I must agree with many of thecomments that I have already read as well that state that many of thecharacters were unjustly tampered with. I feel for all of you out therethat share my enthusiasm for this movie, and I am envious of all thosethat actually could enjoy this movie. To close, I want to have a fewwords with Stan Lee.
Xmen 3 is entertaining. It's a film about comic book characters. Soit's not hard to be entertained.The story as a comic book idea is basically a good one. A potentialcure for the mutant 'disease' has been found in a young mutant's blood.Anti-mutant supporters are rallying mutants to join the ranks of normalsociety by volunteering to receive treatment. But Magneto and hisbrotherhood see this as a weapon to eliminate the mutant identitycompletely. Xavier and his students stand as the mediators between thehard line mutants and the humans. Sounds good. And it is.What this film fails at is bringing in a truth to the characters, asense believability in characters and what they are doing. One couldsay, this is a film based on a comic where people can shoot lasers outof their eyes, have adamantium claws in their hands, and walk throughwalls, so therefore disbelief should be somewhat suspended. Sure. Andif X-Men was left to exist in the comic book medium or even as acartoon I would maybe be less critical. But the suits and ties havedecided to ride this comic movie wave and capitalize on the X-Menfranchise, consequently choosing to elevate these characters andstories to a human level with live actors. And the third film in thistrilogy failed to understand this, resulting in fake characters, cheapdialogue, overly sentimental situations.The film struggles with the amount of characters introduced. This is achallenge considering the amount of mutants existing in the X-Menuniverse and so on some level I will accept the difficultly in doingthis successfully in a film shy of two hours. Yet, as von Brusak, frommetroactive.com wrote in his X-Men 3 review, someone (the director)with a more careful hand could have done this more successfully. Withthis in mind the film tends to feel sloppy and rushed.For instance, Angel is having trouble accepting his mutant-ness. Hisrich father suggests the cure. Angel is hesitant, and just before hetakes the cure injection he burst out of the straps and is suddenlyproud to be a mutant. He flys around a little in the film. At the endhe saves his rich father from amidst the chaos of the war betweenmagneto and the humans.And more. Hank McCoy, The Beast, is also introduced in the film. He isa diplomat, working in the government for the betterment of the mutantcause. He talks about diplomacy. He is rational and smart. He reads,and does it upside down. He is against unnecessary violence. But by theend of the film he flips a switch, and fights a bloody fight side byside with Wolverine and the other X-Men, killing and smashing all thosebad mutants.Other characters work simply as cutouts in the film. Juggernaut smashesthrough walls because Magneto says so. Colossus carries a large TV withone hand down the halls of the X-Men mansion. That's about the extentof their character development.The love story in the film exists between Jean Grey, who has returnedas the all powerful Dark Phoenix who now works with Magneto, andWolverine. Wolverine knows Jean Grey is trapped in the evil mask andthat it's a matter of getting through to her. At the end of the film,when Phoenix is disintegrating mutants and humans and buildings withher power, Wolverine approaches her despite the possibility of beingdisintegrated, and tries to level with her, convince her to stop thedestruction. She says, you would die for them? He says, no, I would diefor you. And Wolverine kills her with his adamantium claws. The saying,love conquers all, comes to mind. Wolverine's love over humanityconquers the love for a woman. No comment.One thing this film does successfully is entertain. There is constantaction and even suspense. As an early summer blockbuster this film hitsits marks more or less. Maybe it did so even better than I can grasp.Near the end of the film, when the good have won, and the bad aredefeated (this shouldn't count as a spoiler) I looked over at my buddysitting next to me, and to my surprise, he was fighting back tears. Ithough maybe it's because of allergy season, or he was chocking onpopcorn. I was concerned. Later he told me it was an epic ending, sopowerful. I guess this is what entertainment is about.So for what it is, I'll give it a 7 out of 10. Why not.
I have just returned from X-men 3, and I am left feeling happy and yetvery disappointed. First the good... 1. Wolverine, Jean Grey, Magneto, Beast, what partsMystique did have, Iceman, and somewhat Kitty. Huge never fails toamaze with his great portrayal of the beloved Wolverine. The last sceneof him and Jean was just like New X-men. The great chemistry betweenhim in Jean in the lab was great. Along with the Jean Grey's housescenes with Magneto, Jean, and Xavier. I loved Mystique even if herpart was short-lived is was very memorable. While his part was toosmall Ashmore's portrayal of Iceman was very true to the character. Theaction sequences were all pretty good, loved the Kitty-Jauggernautscene, the Danger room sequence, and the final battle. Wolvie needed alittle more berserker fury, but otherwise he was great. The Phoenixstory was simplified, but sensible except for her killing Scott...Now the bad... 2. Halle Berry is so not believable as a strong AfricanGoddess that my beloved Storm should be. She sounds like a weakpathetic baby, with too much perk in her voice. She also likely ruinedthe movie by demanding more screen time and requiring a large paycheck.That money would have been better spent on a better Storm actor, andadditions like Emma Frost, Gambit, or Psylocke. 3. I also could notstand the killing off of Cyclops, I hope he is not dead, because theynever really showed a death scene. I missed him and Wolvie's love-haterelationship. Those are the main two things that ruined this movie forme! 4. Also disappointing were the small non-Russian accent part ofColossus (good looking actor, but underused). I also really hope thatpurple haired girl was not supposed to be Psylocke, because they reallyscrewed that one up, no strong British accent and the girl couldn'thold a candle to the Betsy Braddock of the comics.Now the what could/should have beens... 1. They should have brought inGambit, Rogue could have been running off, but went to a cafÃ©/bar andthere she runs into our Rajin Cajun, and he convinces her not to getthe cure and instead be with him... 2. Emma Frost, she picks up aninjured Scott Summers (not dead) and nurses him back to health; eitherthat or the Brotherhood joins forces with the Hellfire Club (I meanthey had the Worthington's why not the Hellfire Club too?) 3. BetsyBraddock the English ninja, joins up with the X-men (not theBrotherhood, what was that about) and perhaps a scene with her andAngel, who was very underused. 4. I wish Nightcrawler had been back,because his has the most fun persona and could make any scene fantasticI know they do not have time/money for all of this, but just one ofthese scenes would have made the movie so much better (maybe if theyhad cut out the Halle Berry crap scenes and added something the trueX-fans would enjoy, I would want to see this movie more than one timein the theater). I do not want to bash Halle Berry, but I can't standactors who don't just feel privileged to be a part of something aspowerful as the X-men, and instead of graciously accepting the rollhave to make great demands. I could ramble for about 24 more hours of what could have made thismovie epic, but I will just have to hope that a fourth movie will comeand redeem this bad apple in the trilogy.
OK...this may contain a little bit of spoiler, but I'll try to avoidthe specifics. I do like the cast of characters....wish there were morexmen to do the final fight. Wish they had Gambit and Jubilee in there.Well, in terms of mutants being killed, this movie does not follow theoriginal storyline at all. Much of the plot is made up and out ofsequence from the original story.This movie is filled with awesome special effects, but the plot isflawed....very flawed. There is so much potential with this plot, butthey blew it. They underused some major characters (Angel), andoverused some less significant characters (Pyro). I still like JeanGrey. She is a hottie and she is really powerful this time around. As Isaid, the special effects were awesome. That last scene where Wolverinewas literally skinned alive was truly incredible. I wish they did abetter job with the plot.
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I wasn't going to write a review of this film - but after seeing howwell it did at the box office, and seeing people rushing to heap praiseon it, I felt compelled to write this.I don't understand how anyone who has been an X-Men fan from before thefirst film could truly like this film. Now, that doesn't mean I'msaying don't go see it. But it doesn't necessarily mean that you willbe entirely happy with what you see. I never read / bought comic booksexcept for the rebooted X-Men in the 90s. I realize now that X-Men fansaccepted and even appreciated the first two films because Bryan Singeris a talented filmmaker who didn't ignore (for the most part) theexcellent writing and artistry of the X-Men phenomenon. I had a friendtell me that she's really not into superhero/science fiction filmsexcept for the X-Men. I think it can be explained by the 'team' aspect.It's because X-Men involve multiple personalities, powers, and theinterplay on a "team" of superheroes. That's why the 'Superfriends' wasalways my favorite Saturday morning cartoon show when I was a child(yes, I know it's cheese). And hands down, the X-Men which flowed fromthose crazy minds at Marvel and Stan Lee are, hands down, the coolestsuperheroes ever. Wolverine alone, with his back story, is a legend.This film delivers on the action, but to me the fights don't make sense(as many have pointed out on the message boards). And the scene withJean Grey disintegrating Xavier with her mind was mindblowing (no punintended). Well, to me those are the only two high points. If you wantto see some mutants in action, and are not particular about which ones,then see the film. But I had issues with a whole host of things aboutthis film - so Wolverine finds Cyclops' glasses, brings them back andNO ONE SAYS ANYTHING ??? The death of Cyclops deserves something morethan a passing reference long after he has died!!! Why did Phoenix killhim? For the hell of it? She could have killed lots of lesser people,she tortures or plays with others, yet she kills the man who resurrectsher. This was basically the most ridiculous part of the film. And noone blinks an eye. The final assault with Magneto lobbing cars set on fire by Pyro has tobe the lamest idea I can think of. That scene lacked the intensity andmass scale that a true X Men fight could entail. And other than Stormand Wolverine, we're left with no one else with whom we've connected.Iceman just seemed too 'green.' It was all about Wolverine. The script of this film is lame, and is it me, or do the actors looklike they're done with this? Of course, Halle Berry has never reallybeen Storm - she was always "phoning in" her performance, and hasalways just played Halle Berry in an X-Men uniform.This movie is definitely worse than its predecessor, so don't letticket sales fool you. What else were people gonna see on Memorial Dayweekend? People are seeing this film DESPITE the fact that Brett Ratnerhas completely massacred (in some cases literally) the X-Men name.They're seeing this film because of the X-Men - who shine through acrap-fest of a film. And yeah, a lot of stuff explodes and there areloud noises. Enjoy. I could have done without.
X men 3: The best and the worst of the trilogy. The film begins betterthan the others with a lot of potential and a strong emotional charge,which leads you to believe that the second act will be nail bitinglyintriguing and the finale explosive. But as the dreadful storyline,which deviates from the cartoon and comic immensely, unfolds, we areleft as bewildered and unsatisfied as a diner who has been able tosmell the gourmet meal from the kitchen, but is served 'Jellied eelsand a pint'.I feel that Ratner was a little out of his genre on this one. There wasno real character development for any of our mutant heroes, who seemedto just pop in and out of the story whenever a fight scene was tocommence, to the point where some of our favourite X men were justcameos. And hardly any of the social, humanitarian issues, which areparamount to the concept of the X men, are delved into.Jean Grey is found alive, though neither she nor Professor X are ableto control her extraordinarily powerful alter ego, The Phoenix. Theobvious opportunity doesn't escape Magneto's attention who steps in tomake The Phoenix the newest addition to his mutant militants. Thegovernment have concocted a 'cure' for the mutant gene and now with ThePhoenix on his side, Magneto and his cohorts endeavour to destroy thisso called cure, which he believes the government are using to wipe outmutants everywhere. Wolverine defiantly goes after The Phoenix torescue Jean from her dominance. All the conflicting factors come to ahead when Magneto unleashes his evil forces on the governmentestablishment holding the 'cure'. The X men regroup and set out tothwart Magneto. An all out action packed rumble between the military,Magneto's mutants and the X men set up the final showdown.If you are not a die hard fan of the comic or cartoon you may enjoycertain plot twists, the variety of new and exciting mutants and someof the excellent action scenes, but will feel let down by theanti-climatic ending; overall for a non-fan it's a good watch. For atrue fan of the X men, you will be bitterly disappointed at the factthat the film makes no attempt to stay true to its origin. (Theopposite being one of the reasons why Spiderman is such a success).This, supposed last, of the X men films substitutes the amazingstoryline of morals, ethics and action which Stan Lee weaved together,for a incoherent, unfulfilling sequence of events which would raisebile to the throat of anyone who actually read more than two of thecomics or watched any of the cartoons. Also Jugernaught is as bad as helooks! Best scene: When Wolverine is being chased through the woods bya mutant who can produce wooden dangers from his body and throw themwith acute accuracy.Should have been called 'The Y Men', as nothing about this filmresembles our comic book heroes, and nobody knows why.
I have to preface this with a reminder that I knew nothing of the X-Menprior to the Trilogy. I liked the movie but with some reservations. Iagree with those who maintained that character development of the newX-Men was insufficiently lacking. As for some other supposed glitchesmentioned, I found nothing seriously affecting the film. I agree thatthe film moved too fast and that a few more scenes would have filledsome holes rather than drag it down. Still, I enjoyed the film and felta little sad that this was the end. The deaths of key characters wasdisturbing but likely necessary. New characters including: Beast(Kelsey Grammar), Angel (Ben Foster), Juggernaut (Vinnie Jones),Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Multiple Man (Eric Dane), Leech (CameronBright), Phat and Little Phat, Flea, Arclight, Lizard Man, Psylocke,Kid Omega and of course the disturbing Phoenix (Famke Jansen) are justlightly touched upon with little to no back-story. I would not haveminded an extra 90 minutes added to fill in the blanks. Hopefully therewill be more X-Men films, either prequels, sequels or sidebar storiesas in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine".
First off, I am not a huge fan of X-Men. I enjoy them and all, but I amnot really knowledgeable of all the different back stories. I haven'tyet seen the first movie, but really enjoy the second.Now about this movie; visually, the effects were alright. However, itseemed a bit choppy, cutting between shots a bit too often or sharply.The plot lines were good in theory, but I was often wondering just howsome of the stuff was managed. The Phoenix and Cure plot lines couldhave each made their own movie, but in this meshing of them, both wereseverely underdeveloped. Starting with Phoenix, it started off kindacheesy, then got interesting, but quickly lost its appeal. All thestuff about her being completely controlled by joy and rage quicklydissipated into bland apathy. For most of the movie, she just stoodthere, occasionally letting lose and trashing some things.With the Cure, it was sort of a background thing, not really affectingthe really main characters. You kind of forget that this "cure" is thewhole reason for the upcoming battle. Then, all of a sudden, you'rereminded "oh right, that kid they have to kill." Also, Angel is areally cool character from what little I know. It was disappointingthat, even though he was important enough to be put in right near thestart, he basically just swooped in like three times. His charactercould have been developed way more.Overall, I did enjoy the movie. It was fun to watch, despite the manyplot disappointments.
if there is one thing i am sure of superman cannot beat, is xmen 3...iwas so impressed with this movie that i saw it again..i never see amovie twice..the graphics is perfect..i like the fact that storm hadmore lines in this movie and that she actually flew for more than amere seconds...its for sure better than the first 2...it is moredeveloped and actiony...if you have anything bad to say about thismovie..you're just hating. and your mind was probably set to hate thismovie before you saw it...i am so happy BRYAN SINGER left...cause iwas't impressed enough by the first 2 to actually buy the DVD ..but iam definitely buying x-3 DVD...i am an xmen fan and i have beencollecting the comic book for years..and i just want to saycongratulations on x3,,if you haven't seen it yet. you are missing alot..but i really hated the iceman ,kitty and rogue triangle,,what abore..the best comic book movie i have seen so far...
Being a late-comer to the X-Men cinematic franchise (not unlike the wayI belatedly became a Matrix mark), I am blessedly free of the puristtendentiousness that so often biases reviews of comics-based movies ofthis sort. I also think that my relative disinterest in thebehind-the-scenes goings-on about old directors leaving and newdirectors taking over frees me up to look at "The Last Stand" in itsown light and in the context of the film trilogy itself.That said, my take on X-3 is pretty similar to what I thought about"Revenge of the Sith": it gave us only what we should have expected,and not much else.In "Sith" you knew what was going to happen - Anakin Skywalker turningto the dark side and becoming Darth Vader, the Republic crumbling intothe Empire, the Jedi Order annihilated. In X-3, the "war" betweenmutants and the rest of humanity that had been the undercurrent of thefirst two films had to finally play out on the big screen.And it does, spectacularly. As I wrote about "Attack of the Clones,"the special effects X-3 are mind-blowing and more than justify theprice of admission. Heck, what Magento does to the Golden Gate bridgedoes that all by itself. You can tell that by how it is only uponreflection afterward that you come to realize how thin and clichÃ©d theplot (what there was of it) really is.There are two story tracks that have almost no connection with eachother: Magneto's long-promised "war" and the resurrection of Dr. JeanGrey. Of the two, at least the former was established in the first twoinstallments as a looming possibility; the latter existed only for thepurpose of offing two central characters for no plot-evident reason,and the first fatality doesn't even take place on-screen. A ratherignominious end, it seems to me, especially as Grey ends up dying againat the end, and in highly implausible fashion.As to Magneto's gotterdammerung, it had a few good moments - his rebukeof Pyro for dissing the Professor, showing that even though the twomutant leaders ended up on opposite sides, they still had a bond ofmutual respect; the aforementioned special effects, as when Magnetoliberated Mystique from the police convoy by crushing and throwingaside cars and a semi truck like they were soda cans; and his smirk ata family on the Golden Gate bridge locking the doors to their car - buton the whole Magneto was reduced to a one-dimensional "bwa ha ha ha"villain. Before you could believe that he didn't see the irony in asurvivor of the Holocaust becoming a racist, fascist, would-be tyrant;Ian McKellan brought a nobility that made his blindingself-righteousness understandable, almost compelling. It fit in withthe moral conundrum of what to do about the "mutant problem" ingeneral, and the eternal tension between security and safety on onehand and freedom and liberty for all on the other. Here Magneto was anunreasoning, tunnel-visioned baddie. Also appallingly stupid, as whenhe abandons a "cured" Mystique because she's no longer "one of them,"after she took the medicinal dart intended for him, which made aninstant enemy of his closest associate who knew everything about allhis plans. Dismissing all the followers he recruited as "pawns" toserve as cannon fodder was disappointing character contempt as well.Then again, the "war" itself was little more than a skirmish, despiteall the pyrotechnics. Why didn't Magneto take a longer range view? Tryto recruit more than just a few hundred followers, and from across thecountry - perhaps even in the government itself? Think big, like, say,nuclear blackmail (He COULD control metals, right?)? What did he haveto gain by attacking Alcatraz besides eliminating the cure and itssource, which was a purely defensive objective that would make him andhis "brotherhood" even bigger targets?Magneto wasn't alone in being miniaturized, though. How is it that thegovernment needed Mystique to find the "brotherhood's" secret stagingarea, but the whole inconspicuous lot of them marched right onto theGolden Gate bridge *against traffic*? And that six X-Men (and -Women)could take on hundreds of fellow mutants like the hero in a "B" kung fuflick? Oh, yeah, that's right, Storm - Halle Berry's snarl as she friedCallisto was tremendous.Ah, well. At least the introduction of several new mutants that get nodevelopment whatsoever is explicable. After all, you're not supposed tocare about cannon fodder. Or, I suppose, a Cookie Monster-esquireFrasier Crane. And Iceman and Rogue do get satisfying development and anice resolution to their romantic obstacle.Just one parting tip: Stay through the credits. You won't regret it.