I caught the latest installment of X-Men yesterday, and have to say I'm still not entirely sure what to think. It had its good moments, including some great action pieces, but it felt like something was missing. It was also a little on the short side. The first X-Men film suffered from the same problem in terms of length, but it did a tremendous job of setting up the characters, with the real payoff being X2: X-Men United. With X3's length about the same as the first movie (according to IMDB, they both run 104 minutes), it was a letdown to have so many new characters crammed in there while the ones we're familiar with were cast aside. Character development positively blew for Cyclops, Rogue, Iceman, Mystique...hell...you name a character, I'll tell you how they got the short end of the stick.
Even Wolverine wasn't quite as entertaining, transforming from mysterious loner to lovelorn tragic figure. Hugh Jackman is great, please don't get me wrong, but the character has definitely lost some of his luster in this version.
Furthermore, why add a bunch of new characters if you're going to do absolutely nothing with them?
I'm going to grab a page right out of Krildog's playbook, and put my positives and negatives in a color similar to TFT's background in order to keep you relatively free from spoilers (unless you look really, really closely!!!). Highlight to read...
- Great action, terrific opening scene in the Danger Room ripped straight out of the comic storyline in an alternate future where Sentinels are everywhere
- The great line from Wolverine, "Let's see you grow those back"
- Lots of cool flying/levitating from Storm and Jean Grey
- Loved seeing Magneto crush some cars with his powers; apparently, he can also move bridges (he's also good at burning them, not so great at building them if you catch my drift)
- Kelsey Grammer was perfect as Beast, and the character looked very good
- Fun interplay between Beast and Wolverine
- Loved the fact that Beast was upside down in his first scene
- Great to see Iceman take it to that ass doink Pyro
- I like the character of Angel, but why in the world was he included in the movie if they weren't going to "use" him!!!? I understand how his plight influenced the cure, blah, blah, blah. But I ask you this: take him away, and the cure plotline is still intact. Completely and tragically underused character
- I didn't like how the Dark Phoenix Saga played out; if Jean Grey/Phoenix is so utterly powerful, why did she stand there and do nothing during the final fight?
- Downer of an ending!! I mean, no one ever really dies in these types of movies (the immutable "Law of Spock" applies to comic book films), but to have the Professor, Cyclops, and Jean Grey die really left me depressed
- The changes to Juggernaut didn't bother me like they bothered Krildog; since there's no back story between him and the Professor, having his powers as a mutation was fine, although basically I think they did it only so he could be in the movie
- Congratulations, Cyclops: you're officially irrelevant in all three X-Men movies
- Hey look: the cure apparently isn't a cure at all as Magneto predictably feels his powers return at the end
- Rogue was hardly in it at all; after being a big deal in the first movie, she's become pretty much irrelevant