Because the last thing the interweb needs is to hear the opinion of another rabid x-nerd on this flick, I’ll try to keep this as brief as possible [which probably wont be brief at all].
I’ve spent the past few weeks doing mental exercises [ie: lowering my expectations] in preparation for this movie. As everyone knows, Bryan Singer abandoned Marvel’s merry mutants to work on his childhood dream project [something to do with an alien in red underpants]. Brett Ratner, famous for Rush Hour [ugh], was roped in to hurriedly direct what was left of Fox’s cash cow after the board of directors stepped in, meddled with the script and set a horrifically unreasonable release date for the film.
Despite many people’s expectations [including moi] that this movie would suck, it’s actually not that bad. Ratner sticks pretty closely to the groundwork laid by Bryan Singer and there are several genuinely ‘cool’ moments in the film, including several which were aimed right at hardcore x-men fans.
Ultimately though, with so many characters running around and so many special effects dancing across your retinas at once, all the emotion and characterisation is sucked out of the film. Several plot points really stuck in my gullet as well. Fortunately, none of this really stops it from being an entertaining way to spend one hundred and four minutes, something that I can’t say for last year’s biggest monkey, King Kong.
If you’re the sort of person who thought the first two flicks needed more explosions and lightning bolts, you will love this movie. If you spent the first two movies contemplating the philosophical differences between Magneto and Professor X’s ideals, then you’ll probably find this latest flick a little empty.
I just hope that they stay true to this film’s title, and make this the last ensemble x-men movie [not counting the Magneto and Wolverine spinoffs], as the cast is just getting ridiculously large. I feel that any X-men movies made after this will simply run the franchise into the ground.
Ok, so it wasn’t the briefest review, but if you’re in the mood for a massive nerd rant, I’ve posted a rather nerdy, spoiler filled exposition in the comments of this post.