Posted on 7/01/11 10:47 AM
The Break down
First off, I question why major characters were killed off.
Secondly, I question why major developing characters were left out of the film or with nothing to do.
Third, loss of powers?
Lastly, I express my concerns with the overuse (overkill) of certain characters not necessarily central to the overall original story arch.
The Death Toll:
Ok so, you're mad at James Mardison for ditching the project and running off to Superman. Fine I get it. Can't you just replace the actor? Did we really need to see the leader of the X-Men get kissed to death within the first 20 minutes of the film? Its bad enough that no one seemed to notice his lack of screen time in X2. He's there in the beginning, then he disappears for the majority of the film and then returns to throw yet another crybaby temper tantrum at the end.
Professor X, WHAT----THE----F**K? Someone should be fired and prosecuted for that one. I don't give shit what their plans were for doing this. You just don't do it.
Jean Grey (Dark Phoenix), ok fine after what you did to her character and how you butchered the DP story line, I really didn't care what they did with her. However, the final scene where Wolverine kills her is utterly ridiculous.
The Rogue issue:
Where the F**k was Rogue in this movie. Let's take a quick look at this shall we. So in X-Men she IS the central character. She's sot out, and everyone wants a piece of her power. Anna Paquin is fantastic as Rogue even if Singer decided to sort of change the foundations and attitude of her character. It still worked and was in fact, a bit more compelling than her actually story arch. So, then X2. Ok, she is sidelined and reduced to a small love story to sort of bring humanity to the X-Men universe. I appreciate that and understand it. Nonetheless, she still has a semi large roll in the film with undertones that she, along with Iceman and Pyro, will be the next class of X-men come the next movie. Well, we know how that turned out. Iceman actually did become a forth maybe fifth central character, Pyro was one of the main villains, and Rogue-----. Well, where the F**k is she? What the F**K happened to Rogue? So let me get this straight. The writers of this movie all sat together somewhere and brainstormed about what kind of adventures can Rogue get into this time around. And someone said, "I got it. She will stand in the background and sulk while her boyfriend takes up all the screen time while cheating on her with a much disturbingly younger Juno. Then she will choose to lose her powers in order to offer up some much needed poon to the same guy." Genius.
But, I don't get it. Weren't her powers so extremely central to the X-Men story? I, along with many others I am sure, were expecting huge things out of Rogue this time around. I don't know maybe, developing the character into what she was always supposed to be. Rambunctious, sparky, and also a flyer. She F**king flies and they never ever develop that. Instead we're left with her seeping through windows staring down at her boyfriend popping icicle for another chick that he can actually touch and Wolverine telling her basically, "I don't give a shit what you do".
THEY LOSE THEIR POWERS?
Its despicable that someone said ok to mutants losing their powers. Mystique, Magneto, and of course Rogue are all powerless, weak, minions at movie's end. WHAT THE F**K? God, I hate this f**king movie.
WOLVERINE, WOLVERINE, AND MORE WOLVERINE:
The thing I really like about First Class was that it really saw a good balance between mutants. It of course focused on centralized characters more important than others to the overall story of X-Men, but it used the secondary mutants perfectly. Most notably Banshee and Havoc. They both had amusing character, well performed by the actors portraying them, and just enough screen time to kind of get a sense of their power and how they could ultimately be useful in the X-men team later down the road. My problem entirely with the first 3 X-Men films (I do not even count Wolverine as an X-Men film) was that it focused so much on only a few characters who in all essence were never that important to begin with.
Let's start with the Jackman phenomenon. Ok, in X-Men he was awesome. He came in and stole the whole damn movie right out from under everyone. Cyclops seemed to be the story's second lead for the most part. Storm was underdeveloped and worthless, I already mentioned Rogue, and Jean Grey seemed to have significant screen time as did Xavier. By X2 it was SO F**king apparent who Singer and the producer wanted to be their lead for the remainder of the series. I get it, he's dynamic, entertaining, fun, bad ass, and Jackman played him probably better than any actor on Earth could have. I get all that. However, too much is too much. "Oh shit, we're in trouble! Don't worry Wolverine is coming. He will save us with his claws!" Every single dilemma possible that any X-Men got into Wolverine was right there to save the day. Woverine's character was so loved in the comics because he wasn't always in them. When he showed up it was like, "F**k yeah, Wolverine's back. And it worked well like that. He was a reoccurring character. By The Last stand, there's ZERO question that he is and has been the main character since day one of filming the first film.
In closing, this movie is bad. It really hurt the franchise and I believe it is the sole reason that First Class suffered despite being a fairly great film. I just hope that the series can continue in the right direction the way First Class is going about things. Well balance of character development and an understanding of overkill. The Last Stand was basically just a loud, shitty action movie where the main character just happened to have claws. Everyone else in the film was sort of just meaningless.