X-Men: The Last Stand

Saw this Friday night.

Was better than I expected. Having low expectations is fantastic sometimes…

Not a particularly good movie though. There’s a bit of whizz-bang action, but not quite enough. The movie raises some interesting questions (eg, it seems as though it’s going to present Magneto and Xavier as both being equally grey, rather than black/white good/evil) – but then it manages to dodge all of them without actually answering anything.

Some of the so-called ‘super powers’ aren’t very well thought out. When we meet The Juggernaut we’re told that “if he gets any momentum up, he can’t be stopped”. Funnily enough, we’ve just seen him in a state with quite some momentum (in a moving truck), and he was stopped by Magneto without Magneto even being aware that he was there…

There were a few moments where the movie seemed to forget itself and launch into slapstick humour; fortunately, I’ve forgotten all of these painful interludes so I can’t tell you about them. However, some of the casting choices produced much merriment – seeing Big Chris in a mainstream movie was fantastic. On the other hand, I spent half the movie thinking that Hank McCoy was very familiar and trying to figure out where I knew him from; once I realised that the big blue fluffy Beast was none other than Frasier, I giggled for minutes…

All in all, not terrible, but not good either. Nowhere near as good as the first two, and definitely not worth watching a second time.

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