Wednesday, June 1, 2011

X-Men week: 'X-Men: The Last Stand'

We are continuing our X-Men week with the third film in the series: "X-Men: The Last Stand."

As it stands right now, "X-Men: First Class" is still doing great with a 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with 53 fresh reviews and that one, lone "rotten" review.

I was trying to think of a clever way to start off talking about the third "X-Men" movie, but it really doesn't deserve it.

It was doomed to be a mess from the start. First, director Bryan Singer left the project to make "Superman Returns." Then new director Matthew Vaughn (he directs "First Class"!) quit the project. Brett Ratner was finally chosen to direct, because he could make films really fast and there was literally no time to do anything.

The script went through a bunch of drafts as well, and that was the film's sore spot.

Characters are introduced in the film, but a majority only have fleeting resemblance to their comic counterparts. Why bother calling a character Kid Omega if he looks nothing like Kid Omega or have the same powers?

Warren Worthington aka Angel is finally introduced to the movie universe and is basically a cheap writing tool to push the "cure" storyline. I remember seeing ads with Angel in his X-Men uniform, but that never even happens in the film as he's at the school for literally a day.

There's also this stupid subplot of Iceman and Kitty Pryde becoming a couple. What? Really? It's only done to further the Rogue taking the cure, which in itself is stupid.

Since the film had to be rushed to be made that meant certain actors couldn't make the entire film, so their parts were cut back dramatically. And not done in a good way. Cyclops is killed right away, dumb. I almost walked out of the theater at that point. I think it helped that I was drunk when I saw it.

And don't even get me started about that stupid Magneto moving the bridge part. The only reason they did it was they needed a big special effects scene.

The film does have a few good points. I think the person who thought Kelsey Grammer could play a good Beast should get an awesome high five. Grammer blew me away with how great he was.

Iceman finally iced up and kicked some butt.

The Danger Room! Finally, jeez.

The film wasn't loved by critics (or fans) with a bad 57 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

But, who knew that it could get even worse...

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