“X-Men: The Last Stand”

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MARVEL MOVIE MADNESS REVIEW: The last in the original trilogy, “X-Men: The Last Stand” stars Hugh Jackman (Prisoners, Rise of the Guardians), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation [TV series], Chicken Little), Ian McKellen (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Mr. Holmes), Famke Janssen (I Spy, The Treatment), Halle Berry (Catwoman, Die Another Day), Kelsey Grammer (Transformers: Age of Extinction, Frasier [TV series]), Anna Paquin (Margaret, Straight A’s), Shawn Ashmore (Mother’s Day, The Barrens), Ellen Page (Inception, Juno), Rebecca Romijn (Good Deeds, Lake City), Aaron Stanford (Holy Money, Flakes), Vinnie Jones (Snatch., She’s the Man), Daniel Cudmore (The Bayton Outlaws, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 2), Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Lone Survivor), Michael Murphy (White House Down, Batman Returns), James Marsden (27 Dresses, Hairspray), and Stan Lee (Spider-Man, Iron Man). It is directed by Brett Ratner (Hercules [2014], Tower Heist). In this third X-Men installment, we find mutants everywhere in uproar when there is a supposed cure discovered for their powers. There are mutants that are being treated with it to be normal and there are mutants that are rebelling against it and taking it as an insult. Apart of those rebelling mutants is Magneto (McKellen), who is building an army to finally defeat the human race. He goes around recruiting new mutants like Juggernaut (Jones). Meanwhile at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, Xavier (Stewart) and the X-Men are trying to figure out a way to stop the war. Another problem comes up for them though when Jean Grey (Janseen) mysteriously returns after her departure from the second movie. Her arrival also brings up the disappearance of Scott aka Cyclops (Marsden). It is later revealed by Xavier that when he brought her to the school and started to teach her to control her powers, Jean began to form a split personality, with the other personality calling itself Phoenix. Phoenix is much more evil than Jean and when Magneto finds out about this, he wants to recruit her so that they can become unstoppable. It is up to the X-Men to take one “last stand” and defeat Magneto before it is too late.

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I was rather disappointed in this movie. Even though it got the worst reviews out of the original trilogy, I still felt like it would turn out better than what the critics said. Although it did turn out better than what the consensus said, it still wasn’t as good as the other two. The plot was okay to say the least. There were great parts in the film, but there were also forgettable ones. For example, a great part is where you get to see Wolverine (Jackman) and Storm (Berry) train the students in a dome. A forgettable moment would be where Iceman (Ashmore) and Kitty (Page) just start skating, making Rogue (Paquin) jealous. The acting was good as always and I liked the new characters they added in like Juggernaut and Beast (Grammer). I wished they included Nightcrawler in there somehow because he was a really cool character. The action scenes were awesome and the special effects were great to look at. They have really improved over the years. What really disappointed me in this movie was how they put in some silly scenes. When I talk about silly, I mean what would be the reasoning for them to write it this way. One example would be how Magneto walked Xavier in to see Jean at her house. If Magneto is opposing Xavier, why would he invite him in, only to argue with him? Another unexplained instance would be the ending scene with Magneto. I won’t spoil anything, but the whole idea of what happened to him was built on what happened to others to and whatever was used against him felt meaningless. The last con would be the deaths. I’m not going to say who died. I know death is realistic and I’m fine with that….only if they pull it off right. The deaths in this movie, especially the first main death, felt like they happened really early on and kind of scrapped away all of what you knew of them in a frail moment. I mean, the first death really didn’t even show the person dying. They just said the person died later on.  Overall, this movie was average. I was entertained during this movie (shocker after reading the cons) and it still made me laugh in some scenes at the jokes. It definitely doesn’t get into the ranger where the first two are, but it doesn’t get Burnt Popcorn either. The reason why I would recommend you watching this is only for the purpose of keeping up with the movie history of the X-Men, since they refer back to it in the later movies. FINAL SCORE: 73%= Juicy Popcorn

Here is the trailer:

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