Right after watching the dissapointed Poseidon, we went to the cinema again the next day for the much anticipated third installation of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: The Last Stand. Again, this review might contain spoilers, you have been warned, noob.
one pretty satisfied viewer
A ‘cure’ on the mutant gene was found and being offered to mutants who wish to be human, permenantly. Thus the mutants were splitted into two camps: an opposition to the cure led by Magneto, seeking to destroy it and anyone who stands in between his quest; and Professor X, who basically wish to leave the decision on the individuals.
The movie then took us back to 20 years ago when Professor X and Magneto (they were still friends) visited the then young Jean and revealed that she has the strongest of all mutant power, with a dark side.
Fast forward back to the not-so-distant future, Jean is found to found to be alive by Cyclops. However, the experience has also brought out her dark side that is the Phoenix. A wild and uncontrollable personality, with the highest mutant power that was kept in check by Professor X previously. Cyclops was killed.
The story then developed with the effort of Magneto recruiting Jean/Phoenix and a bunch of other mutants to eliminate the ‘cure’ of mutant gene, as they suspect that the government will make this ‘cure’ a weapon against mutants (they were right). Professor X tried to stopped Jean from becoming dark Phoenix but was killed by her.
Incidentally the cure is originated from a mutant boy whose power is to nullified all mutant powers that are close to him. Magneto wanted to kill the boy, who is located at the Alcatrez (now medical) facility. In the process, the Golden Gate Bridge was moved to link up the famous island with the main land by Magneto.
Thus a war between mutants led by Magneto and the government broke out, with Wolverine and Storm leading the 6 X-Men gang trying to stop Magneto. At the end, Wolverine had to make the most difficult decision and killed Jean to prevent dark Phoenix from using her dark power.
My criticism and praise:
- There were too many new mutants that were introduced (Beast, Shadowcat, Multiplemen, Juggernaut, Archlight, Angel, etc) however, none really developed to have a major role. Unlike the excellent Nightcrawler in X2
- I had thought the Angel would play a major part in the film but was dissapointed in the screen time and the (lack of) part that he played
- Another dissapointment would be the limited roles of Mystique and Cyclops. However, they served the purpose of the overall story well.
- The story between Wolverine and Jean, and what he had to do for the greater good was very touching and formed a very solid ending to the conflict
- Visual effects were excellent, especially when Phoenix exert her dark power, and also the scene where Magneto moved the Golden Gate Bridge.
- The story has a good flow and pace, performance of the actors were solid.
Overall X-Men: The Last Stand is a very solid movie. However, although it stands very tall among the super hero movies, I personally feel that it is slightly lacking if compared to X2, but not by much. I’ll give it a 7.5/10, the movie currently enjoys a very good 7.9/10 rating at imdb. You can also learn more on the characters at wikipedia X-Men page