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Title:   X-Men: The Last Stand
Director:   Brett Ratner
Year:   2006
Genre:   Comic Book
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   05.26.06

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- After the Sunset

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
05.26.06Cinemark Pflugerville You can always count on Ratner to bring in a studio-safe disappointing film... and this is no different. In a perfect vacuum I think this movie is a C+, but given the context of the X-men and it being the 3rd in a series and where the characters were in previous films and how they exist in their comic book form, I think this movie really really sucks. Everybody gets like 3 minutes of screen time in order to fit all 50 people in... this supposed war starts and ends in like two days, nothing feels connected or realistic at all, and the few opporunities for effective fight scenes or character scenes are all wasted by poor direction. I thought the first X-Men was OK but had a few really terrible lines of dialogue; the second movie was really good and felt exactly like a comic (tight, complex, lots of character, lots of action, and it makes you want to read the next issue) so it's even more of a shame that this movie brings down all that Singer and company worked for two movies to set up. Before watching this, I could definitely see the X-Men franchise going on and on... and judging by the crowd of random friday-afternoon matinee-ers I could've bet another one will be greenlit by Tuesday but this movie destroys all of that. What's worse is that it tries to have its cake and eat it too. It ends the storyline that the trilogy seems to be all about, kills off lots of main characters, and yet dangles a few cheap possibilities just in case Fox execs change their minds. The storylines that it decides to dabble in are all mistreated and rushed, and what I'm left with is a cheap rip-off of X-Men 2 but with the same actors. It felt weird and while minute-to-minute I was thinking that it's not THAT bad (just not good either) by the time I walked back out to my car I was thinking it sucked. For such a promising series to end with this is a real shame...

At least Vinnie Jones' sideshow excuse for Juggernaut said "Don't you know who I am? I'm the Juggernaught, Bitch!" so I will always get a chuckle out of that...
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