507. X-Men: The Last Stand

Background info

507-x-men-3Title: X-Men: The Last Stand
Director: Brett Ratner
Year: 2006
Run time: 1hr 44m

“After a controversial cure is discovered, mutants can choose to retain their superhuman abilities or give up their unique gifts and become normal. When peaceful mutant leader Charles Xavier clashes with his militant counterpart, Magneto, the battle lines are drawn for the war to end all wars. Bursting with nonstop action and spectacular special effects, X-Men The Last Stand is a force of nature that will blow you away!”

Live blog

2:29 – Great casting for Jean’s mother, she looks just like her
5:22 – We’ve travelled through plenty of time in just the first five minutes.
6:28 – Storm’s hair is muuuuch better.
9:17 – “Not everybody heals as fast as you Logan.”
11:37 – That’s a blue Frasier.
16:38 – Alcatraz facility. Research lab on an island is brilliant.
23:00 – I suppose if there’s a gift of every kind, then that had to be one eventually.
28:14 – Seriously, what is with Wolverine’s hair?
30:39 – Fascinating conversation. “You don’t know what she’s capable of.” “I didn’t know what your were capable of.”
37:18 – Jeez, don’t make me feel sorry for Mystique!
43:05 – Have they ever mentioned classes of mutants before? I wasn’t aware.
46:44 – I wouldn’t fancy fighting the porcupine guy.
51:10 – She made Xavier go bang.
1:01:23 – Wolverine is definitely not with them, can’t see Storm letting him come and go as he pleases.
1:03:33 – I can’t imagine how much metal is involved in day to day army business. It’d take ages to sort themselves out.
1:08:50 – “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
1:15:48 – Those soldiers must be like… “uh, there’s a bridge coming our way.”
1:29:51 – Mutant on mutant fighting is bizarre and brilliant.
1:36:00 – “Way to go furball.”

Conclusions

The final of the initial X-Men trilogy, I knew I definitely hadn’t seen this one before. It started as they all do, with Wolverine waltzing in and out, but then Jean Grey was resurrected and everything went a bit weird.

I thought the concept was good, the idea of a “cure” to being a mutant and all the controversy and moral debates that brings with it: Rogue taking the cure, the guy with the wings saving his dad’s life, the fact that Mystique was robbed of her powers in the line of duty.

However, it felt like the film was a bit hastily put together, some key characters were missing – Scott was killed off without the others even bothering to look for him – and much of the action felt over the top. I did like the two mid- and post-credits scenes though, particularly Magneto.

Rating: 3/5.

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