When the government announces that they’ve discovered a cure for the mutant gene it further polarizes the Mutant population: while some welcome the prospect of normalcy, others view it as little more than a veritable Final Solution wrapped in the guise of medicine. The two camps – led by Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) prepare for the inevitable showdown. X-Men 3, is full of action, top of the line special effects, and a good strong cast of actors. However the while the X-Men make their last stand, the rest of us are left standing wondering what the hell just happened.
Everyone was waiting for X-Men 3 for a long time when Bryan Singer revealed that he was going off to direct Superman Returns it spell doom for the film. But wait, have no fear hope will save us all. His replacement, Matthew Vaughn was a good choice overall, he ended up passing on the project in favor of some much-needed family time. Soon afterward the studio hires Brett Ratner, who is well not what everyone had in mind. His choices in direction and overall lack of telling a story did nothing but hurt X-Men 3.
There was little to no time give to the new characters, while we did get a good showcase (some more than others) of their powers, we were left wondering who these people were and what role they pay in the final battle. The overall lack of the story, while strong on some levels left me wondering what the hell. While many will agree that X-Men, and X2: X-Men United where well done, balanced and easy to understand and even enjoy, most of the comic book fans love it while X-Men 3 is nothing more than mix reviews. With the film, there are two extremes on the subject. There are those who think this is the best movie ever made, the best X-Men film and they can’t wait for the 4th one. Then there are those who think its the worst one, full of crap and really wish they never make another X-Men movie.
Brett Ratner isn’t what I would call “top” pick for any movie, because he likes to take the shortcut, which anyone can see he did here. The movie is full of very good and well done special effects. This is due to the amount of money the film had to mess with. What the story lacks its made up with very cool action and if anything overshadows the movie. The worst thing to happen to a movie is for the special effects to overpower the story. Which is what happens here. I believe that because they lost their top director for the film early, then the new guy ends up leaving near the start of filming, bring in Brett Ratner who redid the script, but because the stupid cares more about making money (mostly because they are own by big-time companies) then about telling a good story. The only bad thing about the computer today when it comes to movie makers. Many use them to cover up story weakness, other than using them as a tool which should only be used when it enhances the story.
So let’s dig into the story, for what we have. As you guess it mainly about what happened to Dr. Jean Grey and the cure, which sparks the war that has been talked about from the start of the first film. However, it breaks down here. Brett Ratner had no qualms about killing off or altering major characters in spectacular fashion, which elicited audible gasps from the audience. This was done without any story behind the change or even why the character died.
If you get past the weak story, the dialogue, the overuse of special effects and well downright weak character development, Ratner should be given some credit for being one of my worst nightmares to life. I mean I never thought they could ever do what they did with the movies. I was like seeing someone’s fan fiction on the big screen. While not the best movie, nor the best in the Trilogy it does bring some good action fights and some nice looks at what Hollywood can do if they get the right writer and director. If anything X-Men The Last Stand should be rent if anything else. maybe the DVD will come with a load of features that will make it worth a by, which is about as much as I can recommend the movie.
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