X-Men: The Last Stand Reviews
Despite X2 (2003) not holding to the traditional form of "the trilogy conundrum", the fact that X-Men III has to start with some very main characters missing is a plot point that requires viewers to have seen the previous film. The concept of a "mutant cure" definitely gives the film a good sense of finality (regardless of its pre- and post-credits scenes), except that much of the focus of the film is on Jean Grey's (Famke Janssen) unrivaled power bringing untold destruction to everywhere she visits. The distracted nature of the subplots and way too many new mutant introductions really waters down the whole film.
I also understand that the end of a trilogy should bring some finality, but I really didn't like how they essentially kill everyone off in one way or another. Of course, this is just below my dislike of the cop-outs to bring characters back after they had been killed or disabled. Now that Bryan Singer has directed two more X-Men films in this six-film saga, none of this even matters anyway; essentially giving Singer a way to show us all how he would have ended the trilogy were he given the chance.
Kind of a weak end to a good trilogy, I give X-Men: The Last Stand 3.0 stars out of 5.
I honestly don't know why this is loathed by so many people. Yeah, it's the weakest of the original trilogy, but it's still perfectly serviceable movie. Nothing special, but definitely not the travesty its made out to be.
There's not much so you know this is gonna be short.
The danger room sequence and the fastball special. Excellent.
Beast's utterance of "Oh my stars and garters!"
Jean and Wolvie's make out scene, hot!
Jean's costume kicked ass!
The brief but accurate Moira McTaggert
Fucking Multiple Man! Yes! He was awesome!
Callisto was pretty cool too.
Cyclops died early on. Nice.
What I didn't like:
This is gonna be long.
Jean Grey had little action. She mostly walked around and/or stood there. WTF is that?
Some GUY started attacking Wolverine by pulling bones out of his body. I said "Who the hell is that?" Only to later realize that was supposed to be Marrow. I wonder if Ratner has ever read X-Men. Marrow's a chick not a dude.
Peter aka Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin (can you get any more fucking Russian than that - I doubt it) didn't even have a hint of a Russian accent. And I'm not buying he's just not that talented of an actor. He had a line.
Kitty and Bobby what? Try Kitty and Peter.
Psylocke, unmistakable with her signature purple hair, was portrayed completely wrong. I know she's a ninja but when did she gain the power to manifest out of thin air? Do your research folks. She was transformed into a ninja assassin however she always had her British accent. However, the girl who played her was a total babe.
Anyone who knows me knows I love Vinnie Jones but he looked absolutely ridiculous in his buff man body suit, prosthetic chin and stone (I swear it looked like stone) helmet. The credits read that Jubilee appeared once again. However, it wasn't the same girl as in X2. The girl in X2 was way cuter and looked a hell of a lot more like Jubs.
Dark Phoenix is supposed to be all powerful. There were only two displays of her power. What?
Beast is much more loquacious than he was portrayed.
I'm warning you mucho spoilers!
Magneto injected with the cure WTF?
I know I've been out of the books for a while but when did they come up with classification of mutants?
And the biggest disappointment of all:
Professor X's explanation of the Phoenix Entity. He explained it as basically the dark side of Jean's personality that he suppressed. WHAT???
There is however a nice little treat (which I won't reveal) at the end of the credits. I urge you to stick around if you didn't already.