Monday, May 29, 2006

X-Men: The Last Stand


While I am by no stretch of the imagination a rabid X-Men fan--the type that has the comic books, collectibles...-- I have enjoyed the past two movies. Hoping that the newest in the series, X-Men:The Last Stand, would be just as good, my brother, dad, and I went to see it on Saturday.

The trailer for this movie promises a lot of action and special effects, and just like the other two X-Men movies, and on this front, it certainly delivers. The mutants abilities are explosive, and the battle scenes are amazing, hard to achieve after movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy set the bar so high. Also, the acting is excellent. I am especially partial to Ian McKellen as Magneto and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier (aka Professor X).

However, no movie can be truly great unless the story can stand on its' own. On this front, The Last Stand is not quite so impressive. Many new characters are introduced on the sides of both good and evil, but none of them are very developed. This could easily have been taken care of if the movie were just a bit longer (15-20 minutes). With movies such as The DaVinci Code and Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith being such big hits, despite running times of well over two hours, making the action-laden X-Men longer wouldn't have been too much of a risk. There are a few interesting twists though, that I won't go into details on in order not to ruin the movie for you, but let's just say both the Brotherhood and the X-MEN will have lost some of their members by the end. One thing though, be sure to wait through the credits; there is a scene that, though it last only a few seconds, changes everything.

Links:
IMDB
The Official X-Men:The Last Stand Site

2 Comments:

Blogger John said...

The trailer for this movie promises a lot of action and special effects

I've long viewed such advertising as a flashing warning sign: No Story.

10:49 AM  
Blogger OffbeatOutsider said...

That is sometimes true. Two examples where this is not true are the Spider-Man movies and the Lord of the Rings movies.

1:34 PM  

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