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X-Men III: The Last Stand
They let us out early today so a few of us went over to Solomon Pond Mall, got lunch, and caught X-Men before tonight's inevitable rush. There were a number of trailers for movies that look pretty kick ass - Superman Returns, Jet Li's Fearless (billed as his last martial arts epic), Ghost Rider (yeah, it actually looked decent, but it isn't out until next February), and a forth one that I'm totally blanking on now! I remember there were four. qedrakmar, help me out here. :-) EDIT: Ah, it came to me! Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, that looks like a blast!

My Super Ex-Girlfriend looked like a *maybe*, the kind of thing that could be funny, or it could really suck hard. There was also a big poster for Snakes On A Plane in the lobby. Oh yeah!

So, anyway, the movie was decent. I was never a Marvel zombie so I really have only have minor exposure to canon. Most of what I've picked up has been from watching all of X-Men: Evolution (which I know was an alternate version, no need to tell me), as well as osmosis from a number of Marvel zombie friends, and reading a handful of the comics over the years here and there. So I approach the movies with a mostly clean slate. Even so, some of the points in the movie struck me as an obvious break from canon just from my semi-casual knowledge. So I'm sure some fans will be upset.

I think this was the weakest of the three movies, which isn't to say it was weak itself, just not as kick-ass as the first two. I still wholly enjoyed it and would see it again, which is high praise indeed from me - I rarely see a movie more than once.

I will say that, if you see it, you should stay through the credits. Yes, this is one of those movies with a little scene after the credits hinting at a sequel.

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kadnkadnk From: kadnkadnk Date: May 27th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

3 different from 1 & 2

Other X-Men junkies should jump in here to correct me, but in the review I heard on WBUR today (I think it was during Fresh Air), they said that there was a different director on this movie than the first two. That the director of the first two was directing Superman at the time, so they got someone else.

Also, the review said it was more of a orange-fireball movie than a plot-based movie. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing it. Tomorrow, when we've already lined up a sitter. :)

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: May 27th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: 3 different from 1 & 2

Right. X-Men fanboy Bryan Singer directed 1 & 2. He was supposed to direct 3, but he was offered Superman Returns and decided to leave and do that instead. So Brett Ratner directed 3.
silentorphan From: silentorphan Date: May 27th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: 3 different from 1 & 2

You forgot to mention that Ratner was supposed to do Superman Returns but left the project, which was why Singer jumped ship.

And most of the critics I've read so far have said that Ratner can't handle an X-Man film as deftly as Singer can (and has).
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: May 27th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: 3 different from 1 & 2

Unsurprising. Ratner can't handle putting on a shirt as deftly as Singer can.
From: gearhead Date: May 27th, 2006 07:07 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: 3 different from 1 & 2

Judging from his credited body of work, I'm wondering what people were THINKING having him do anything remotely like Superman or X-Men.
ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: May 27th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: 3 different from 1 & 2

As I understand it, Fox is sick of dealing with Marvel-- and I can very well see why, although I'm not really allowed cite you the specific case I'm thinking of-- and hired Ratner to hose the franchise.

The next movie is the already-planned-and-contracted Hugh Jackman Wolverine movie, but I don't think we'll be seeing an X4.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: May 27th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: 3 different from 1 & 2

I don't think he did that badly, I enjoyed the movie as did the people I saw it with. And from what I've been seeing around the net people seem to like it. So he didn't do a good job of hosing it. ;-) And they set it up for a sequel.
etherial From: etherial Date: May 27th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: hosing it

I think they did a fair job of hosing Rogue. My understanding is that Hugh Jackman is pretty much the head honcho of the franchise at the moment, so it's understandable that his character got just a skoch more stardom this time around.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: May 28th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: hosing it

I think part of it is there are too many characters to give them all a lot of screen time. Halle Berry was upset with Storm's role in 1 & 2 and insisted on more meat this time around, and she got it. Rogue will be back, this time she was more an emotional fulcrum and didn't get a lot of focus.

Wolverine is the big focus since he's the most popular character, and the next movie in the universe is supposed to be a Wolverine spin-off.
that_xmas From: that_xmas Date: May 27th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Roger Ebert liked the movie

He gave it 3.5 stars.

I'd suggest a look-up of Ebert's review, but only if you've already seen the movie. I like Roger, but he's a bit spoiler prone in his reviews.

Just remember that he'll give any movie an extra star if there is big breasts in it. I think Miss Romjin falls into that category. (Roger was buddies with Russ Meyer, they had a lot in common.)