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X-Men: The Last Stand

Director Brett Ratner's 2006 film that marks the end of the first "X-Men" film trilogy.

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'X ' Hits the Spot

  • Dec 31, 2006
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'X-men,' I thought reading reviews, would be like a high-tech sci-fi "Calvin Ball". That is I thought the evolution of the movie's rules and causality would change by whim. Instead, we get a "rock/ paper/ scissors" approach. Each superhero has their own connecting powers, like one has fire and another has ice. In this installment, the mutants find there is a cure for their powers, which some make into a crusade, others a curse. There is a societal divide; one that breaks out with signs and protestors, but, unfortunately, like real life, it is too often resolved with violence. (Will this be the fate of stem cell research, and was this something they had in mind for the movie's theme?) Anyway, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Phoenix (Famke Jensen) have a consequential love affair that has global--or at least environmental--consequences. The visual effects throughout are stunning and Storm (played skillfully by Halle Berry) and others give us capable performances for the plot's urgency. Stately figures like Magneto (Ian McKlellen) and Sir Henry (Kelsey Grammer) give some weightiness to the story's edge. Interesting and eye-popping, 'X-Men- The Last Stand' is impressive--even for a "newbie" like me. Storm leaves us with words to live by at slain Professor X's funeral, "We live in an age of darkness--a world full of hate, fear, and intolerance. In every age there are those who try to fight it." In 'X-Men- The Last Stand' they do it in style.

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December 19, 2011
Hey, JP! I came across this one and glad I did! How are you?
 
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review by . May 02, 2011
one spoiler      I actually don't mind this film, contrary to the majority of the moviegoing population. Yes, there are a lot of things wrong with it, but so sue me, this is a guilty pleasure of mine. This was actually my introduction to the X-Men, and now I love the two first films better, but like I have a soft spot for Scream 3, I have a soft spot for X-Men 3. There are cons, but the movie is just entertaining enough to warrant a 60. However, the change in directors is …
review by . May 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I've been pleased with the X-Men series overall, and X-Men United is a fitting end to the trilogy. The plot is a bit far-fetched - Jean Grey being an all-powerful super mutant - but it does up the ante (including one memorable death scene). My only complaint is that I wish it had been longer - it seems as if the film is rushed in only 100 minutes. Otherwise, if you liked the first two, you'll love this one.
Quick Tip by . August 05, 2010
Short changes it's characters in a bad way and introduces some we don't care about but does take the "mutant civil rights" issue onto the screen in a way that makes sense to be the analogy of real world issues that X Men is supposed to be.
review by . May 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I've been pleased with the X-Men series overall, and X-Men United is a fitting end to the trilogy. The plot is a bit far-fetched - Jean Grey being an all-powerful super mutant - but it does up the ante (including one memorable death scene). My only complaint is that I wish it had been longer - it seems as if the film is rushed in only 100 minutes. Otherwise, if you liked the first two, you'll love this one.
review by . April 29, 2009
I have seen all the movies that have been put out by Marvel over the last 6 years or so and was never a big fan of the X-Men films though the first 2 were passable. This movie has way too many characters in it! Some of the characters are pathetic looking such as the Juggernaut and The Beast (who looks and sounds like they dyed a gorilla costume from the Planet of the Apes movies). They waited to the last installment to introduce The Beast and the Angel who were original X-Men in the comics (X-Men …
review by . September 07, 2007
This would be a good movie IF it were not called X-Men. They have completely sabotaged the X-Men storyline from the comics. They came up with new stories, which is sometimes ok, but not here. Jean Grey is barely used, Storm looks weak and undecisive, and Scott, why did they even have him there? THe movie left too many things unexplained, changed the X-men Universe and forgot to give some depth to the characters. This is just an action film and only that. Only Wolverine saves the day and the movie. …
review by . December 27, 2006
I have seen all the movies that have been put out by Marvel over the last 6 years or so and was never a big fan of the X-Men films though the first 2 were passable. This movie has way too many characters in it! Some of the characters are pathetic looking such as the Juggernaut and The Beast (who looks and sounds like they dyed a gorilla costume from the Planet of the Apes movies). They waited to the last installment to introduce The Beast and the Angel who were original X-Men in the comics (X-Men …
review by . October 24, 2006
X-Men, The Last Stand is not a perfect movie, but it is better than the reviews led me to think it would be. The issue here is that a "cure" has been found for the mutations, but many of the mutants do not feel they need to be cured. Good things about the movie included some terrific interaction between Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan and a superb performance by Famke Jannsen, who had been underutilized in the previous films. Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry turn in their usual good performances. There …
review by . October 09, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
My husband and I love the first two installments of X-Men. We were in a Stuff Mart over the weekend, and I suggested buying X-Men 3. My husband asked "Are you *sure*?" I replied "Well, we loved the first two installments. With Jean Grey returing as The Phoenix, it should be great!"    We watched it last night and were stunned. We were both silent--in shock--at the end of the movie.     SPOILER ALERT: Phoenix--resurrected Jean Grey--ends up killing Cyclops …
review by . October 04, 2006
Never a fan of the comic book hero outings, this viewer watched X-MEN - THE LAST STAND with a bit of mental prejudice: action heroes capable of destroying everything in sight at the glance of a weird eye or the motion of a hand have just never seemed entertaining. But given that stance, watching this very colorful film was an art study in how far computer generated graphics have come in a relatively short time. And that makes the time spent on the non-story worthwhile.    Of …
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X-Men: The Last Stand is the third installment in the popular superhero franchise, and it's an exciting one with a splash of fresh new characters. When a scientist named Warren Worthington II announces a "cure" for mutant powers, it raises an interesting philosophical question: is mutant power a disease that needs a cure, or is it a benefit thathomo superiorenjoys over "normal" human beings? No surprise that Magneto (Ian McKellen) and his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants resist the idea that they need to be cured, and declare war on the human race. But it's a little tougher for the X-Men, led by Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Storm (Halle Berry). If you're Rogue (Anna Paquin), for example, your power means you can't even touch your boyfriend, Iceman (Shawn Ashmore). To compound matters, someone previously thought dead has returned, and might be either friend or foe.

With director Bryan Singer having moved on to Superman Returns, the franchise passes to the hands of Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), whose best work is done in the big action sequences such as a showdown between mutant armies. But it's difficult to manage the sheer volume of characters when adding longtime comic-book stalwarts such as Beast (Kelsey Grammer) and Angel (Ben Foster), and one character in particular deserved better than an off-screen dismissal. And fans of the original Dark Phoenix comic book story might be underwhelmed by...

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