X-Men: The Last Stand

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May 302006

tt0376994.jpgWhen a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart), and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier’s former ally, Magneto (McKellen).

Directed by
Brett Ratner

Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, Rebecca Romijn, James Marsden, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones, Patrick Stewart, Ben Foster, Dania Ramirez, Ellen Page

Lay and I took two of his nephews to see this movie Saturday.

Director Brett Ratner was desperately trying to cram in so many characters , effects, and try to get emotional depth and character driven scenes, he failed at getting the balance right. He took on too much it seems and in a hurry, so this could be released before Superman Returns. Interesting plot developments sprung up then quickly disappeared without going anywhere. As an X men fan,it annoys me to think I could have directed it better- and I’ve never directed before.

Sir Ian, Patrick Picard, Hugh Wolverine were all excellent as expected. The young mutant boy with the ‘cure’ was great for the part too, and should have featured more. I was genuinely moved when Prof X was killed(and in a very impressive way) much like I was when Data died in the last Star Trek film. But emotional catalysts were few and far between and this is partly why it scored low with me.

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