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'X-Men' trilogy ends on high note

June 06, 2006|by MATT NEWTON and STEPHANIE SNYDER

"X-Men: The Last Stand," the third movie in the X-Men series, was released May 26. It is based on the X-Men comic book series, featuring mutants with superpowers.




MATT: "X-Men," great. "X-2: X-Men United," better. "X-3: The Last Stand," best.

STEPHANIE: Although Bryan Singer didn't direct this movie, as he did the other two, I'd have to say Brett Ratner did a fantastic job on "X-3." I was worried about a new director coming in on the final part of the trilogy, but Ratner did a great job at maintaining continuity.

MATT: I'd have to agree. While maintaining the backstories and relationships of previously established characters, he introduced new characters, such as Kitty and Angel (Ellen Page and Ben Foster, respectively). Unfortunately, fan favorites like Logan/Wolverine (played by Hugh Jackman) didn't experience as much character development with the new characters aboard.

STEPHANIE: True, the new mutants took away from some of the limelight of older favorites, but I thought it worked well. Seeing Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast (Kelsey Grammer) in action was very exciting, but even more exciting was seeing Famke Janssen play Phoenix.

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MATT: Oh yeah, Phoenix is awesome. Kudos to the visual effects crew for bringing that character to life.

STEPHANIE: I lost my breath countless times during a few emotional scenes featuring Phoenix. As far as the other new characters go, it would have been nice to see more of Angel.

MATT: Well, perhaps an "X-4" would solve that problem. As for Wolverine, I've heard of a proposed spinoff.

STEPHANIE: Another great aspect of the movie was its ending. It didn't hint at another movie, but left the door open for the possibility, and at the same time leaves you satisfied if the trilogy truly is over.

MATT: That it does. The plot was great. I liked the idea of there being a cure for the so-called "mutant disease," which gives the characters the decision whether to remain mutant, or become "normal." It played realistically and seemed relevant to what would happen in the not so distant future, where the movie is set.

STEPHANIE: One of the most entertaining parts of the movie is seeing each of the mutant's reactions to the alleged "cure" and the effect it has on others.

MATT: Indeed, but to find out those reactions, you'll just have to buy a ticket and find out. It's well worth it. My only regret is not sitting through the credits to see the bonus scene at the end.

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