X-Men: The Last Stand

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X-Men: The Last Stand is a superhero film, based on the X-Men superhero team introduced in Marvel Comics.

Plot

The discovery of a cure for mutations leads to a turning point for mutants. They may now choose to give up their powers and become fully human or retain their uniqueness and remain isolated. War looms between the followers of "Professor X" Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who preaches tolerance, and those of Magneto (Ian McKellen), who advocates survival of the fittest, while Jean Grey unleashes the power of the Phoenix.

Bad Qualities

  1. The story is weak, it attempts to loosely adapt two X-Men stories, The Dark Phoenix Saga and Gifted, at the same time and it fails at both.
  2. Very little character development. For example, Colossus was supposed to be more of a main character in The Last Stand, but he had more speaking lines in X2. The only new character that they developed well was Kitty Pryde.
  3. Cyclops gets very little screen time and is abruptly killed off due to his actor, James Marsden, getting cast in Superman Returns, which was released around the same time.
  4. Warren Worthington III (aka Angel) gets very little screen time too and serves as filler since he doesn't join the X-Men.
  5. Rogue is completely wasted. Unlike the last two films where she had some notable moments and even was able to use her powers and skills such as flying the X-Jet, here she's pretty much a non-factor, disappearing about halfway through the film and then coming back for one scene in the ending.
  6. Characters from the previous films such as Nightcrawler were left out without any explanation.
  7. The love triangle around Bobby, Rogue and Kitty is very clichéd and contributes nothing to the plot.
  8. Confusing changes regarding the usual comic book characterizations of Psylocke and Multiple Man, who are depicted as villains in this movie.
  9. Poor directing by Brett Ratner.
  10. Juggernaut is poorly adapted from the source material.

Good Qualities

  1. The action scenes are still very cool for the most part.
  2. The special effects are awesome.
  3. Pretty good acting, especially from Kelsey Grammer as Hank "Beast" McCoy, but sadly, this didn't saved the movie.
  4. The villains are pretty awesome.
  5. The death scenes are pretty emotional.
  6. There are some funny moments here and there.
  7. Wolverine is still awesome.
  8. The ending is pretty heartwarming.

Trivia

  • Bryan Singer, the director of the two previous films, admitted that he regrets not directing this movie.
  • Matthew Vaughn was the film's original director, but quit right before the start of filming. Though he originally claimed that this was because he didn't want to be separated from his family, he later admitted that he actually quit because of studio interference. Vaughn would return to the franchise years later to direct X-Men: First Class, and co-write X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • The events of the film, along with those of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, were retconned out of existence in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
  • In the special features of the DVD, an alternate scene is shown in which Rogue does not eventually take the cure and, in fact, she still has her gloves on. Also, an alternate ending of Wolverine returning to the bar in Canada from the first film is shown.
  • The events of the video-game, X-Men: The Official Game, takes place between the events of X2: X-Men United and this movie. The game's plot even explains why Nightcrawler is not in this movie, that he left the X-Men because the violence clashed with his peaceful lifestyle. This is a rather unique case regarding movie tie-in video-games. In reality, Alan Cumming refused to reprise his role as Nightcrawler because he did not want to go through the ten-hour makeup procedure that he previously went through in X2.

Reception

X-Men: The Last Stand received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, with many considering it to be one of the weakest films of the entire franchise (alongside X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: Apocalypse).

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