Sunday, May 28, 2006

Review: X-Men: The Last Stand

Before I tell you about this movie, you must know that I never read the source material, which may explain why I have never really liked any of the X-Men movies, including this one. With the exception of Superfriends and the late 80s Justice League of America (which was itself a parody of grouped superheroes), I have never liked "leagues." I would much prefer to see Jack Hughman star as Wolverine in a movie about Wolverine. This movie is about many superheroes and supervillians (lots), so it is difficult to have so many A list characters and develop a story about them where you genuinely care about the character. Since Wolverine was the primary focus of the first two films, I thought that this outing was going to focus on Scott Summers (Cyclops), but I was wrong. Then I thought it was going to be about Jean Grey (Phoenix), but, again, wrong. Angel? Nope. It wasn't about a movie, but a goal. A drug has been found that will allow the X Gene to be isolated, and reverses the mutation that it causes. This leads to interesting weapons for the military. Magneto and company see the potential threat and decide to strike first. It is up to the X-Men to try and stop them.

Hats off to Kelsey Grammer as the Beast. Cindy and I had no idea he was in the movie and was knocking our heads together to try and figure out who owned that familiar voice. I love to see an actor come into a genre that he is not known for.

X-Men: The Last Stand is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, some sexual content and language. I would strongly urge parents of young children to see the film first. Mystique (the blue lady) reveals a lot more skin this time around, and the entire gamut of language is thrown around.

As posted on Good Coffee, there is a super secret scene at the end of the film, so, stick around.


Rick said...

fyi, chuck - there is a wolverine prequel in the works. the next xmen proper movie hasn't been settled, i don't think. see, i'm opposite - enjoy the groupthink stuff that comes with working together, so i think i liked this one better than you've stated. anyhoo - don't forget superman's coming, too.

James said...

Think about this: When director Brett Ratner left SUPERMAN RETURNS, Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-MEN movies, bolted from X-MEN 3 to direct SUPERMAN, and Ratner, gone from SUPERMAN, took the job directing X-MEN. X-MEN 3 is co-cproduced by The Donners Company whose co-founder, Richard Donner, directed SUPERMAN THE MOVIE.

Todd said...

Donner is also responsible for the Lethal Weapon series.

Chuck said...

And "The Goonies." I love the thought of that movie more than actually watching it.