Final Grade:
As an average movie-goer B
As comic fanboy D

X2 was by far the best and most exciting super hero film ever made (Sorry Spidey). The third and “final” film in the series promised to be a climactic action orgy of epic proportions, but when I walked out of the theater I couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of disappointment. Oh, and don’t be an idiot…there is a scene after the credits that you have to see.

The mutant world was left in peace following the attacks of William Stryker, but the lives of Charles Xavier’s (Patrick Stewart) X-Men would be forever changed. Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Cyclops/Scott Summers (James Marsden) are both left mourning the death of Jean Grey (Famke Jannsen) while also trying to teach some of the younger students what it means to be an X-Man. The mutant community is again turned upside down when a “cure” for mutation is created and offered to willing mutants. Along with this cure comes a heated debate, and mutants begin taking sides. Eric Lensherr/Magneto (Ian McKellen) uses the cure as a catalyst to rally up the most dangerous mutants in the world and wage the war of all wars against humanity that only the X-Men can stop.

I was so hyped up to see this movie that I actually woke up early to see a 10:00 am showing. After seeing both trailers for Ghost Rider and Superman Returns, I was definitely in the mood to see some comic-book action. Knowing the directorial timeline of this film, I was very apprehensive about the whole Brett Ratner thing (Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3…need I say more?). I thought Bryan Singer directed the first two films of the series with masterful precision as well as fully understanding how to please both the box-office as well as the existing fanbase for the franchise. When Singer left X-3 to direct Superman Returns I was happy that Superman was in good hands, but all I could think about was what would happen to my beloved X-Men?

This movie was everything I expected out of a summer blockbuster, but not anything that I expected out of the third and supposedly last X-Men film. The direction in this film did not maintain any continuity with its previous counterparts. Characters seemed to disappear and reappear without almost any warning, and the dialogue seemed to be aimed at making a humorous film rather than a climactic battle in the Marvel Universe. Also, the film deviated so far from the comic that it gave me a sick feeling all throughout the film. I was warned before seeing this film that some mutants would die and some would lose their powers, but I was not prepared for which characters. I realize that this is a film based on a comic book and the filmmakers can do anything that they want with the storyline, but do not kill off characters that are not dead. Though I have to admit, there were subtle details that paid homage to the comic fans that have supported the franchise since the beginning.

From a film standpoint though, I loved this movie. It was exciting and filled with edge of your seat action that gripped me until the very ending. The special effects were amazing and the amount of mutant characters along with their crazy powers made this the first awesome box-office film of the year. Let’s see, if Wolverine were in Mission Impossible 3, the movie would be over in 10 minutes because he would kill everyone in his path without blinking and Poseidon would not have happened if Storm were around to stop the tidal wave. The X-Men are the sole owners of summer box-office, well until maybe someone from Metropolis rains on their parade.

Lastly, make sure you stay after the credits to see an important scene that may answer some questions. This film was bittersweet for me because while it was awesome, it broke my heart and sent me home to cry under my Spiderman bed sheets about what Bret Ratner did to the Marvel universe.

Upside:
Seeing some of the most climactic battles and amazing effects that Hollywood has to offer, this film is the summer’s first box office smash

Downside:
Incredibly disappointing for any fan of the X-Men comics

On The Side:
Josh Holloway was offered the role of Gambit, but turned it down because the character was too similar to his character on “Lost”


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