When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier’s former ally, Magneto.
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Some characters’ storylines felt way underdeveloped (Rogue, Angel, the little boy which had the cure, etc). The moving bridge was just silly, but, like the first two films, this one also had its moments, specially everything related with Jean Grey/Phoenix. It seemed very rushed: considering this would be the “last stand”, and with such large budget, they could have done a longer film and given it more closure.
Even the box office bombs of this genre ("Hulk," "Superman Returns") have the stamp of an auteur trying to do something different within their formulas. Brett Ratner's films often give the impression that anyone could have directed them. Here, his questionable talents are employed on a horrid script that does everything it can to derail the "X-Men" franchise - literally leaving the studio no choice but to reboot.
Yes, Ratner is a total hack.....no doubt. However find this pic the best of the trilogy. Now that doesn't say much for Singer's efforts does it. Script not bad for a comic book movie and probably most in the spirit of the comics. Always like a picture willing to kill off a few main characters.... and what a body count in this one. Really the kiss of death for the series. Or so I once thought.
Not a bad movie when you stop to consider Brett Ratner made it. While I can't exactly call it the worst of the series it was weak at points and the explanation for The Phoenix was plausible considering its literary origins. Overall the story felt a little rushed and some parts needed to be developed a bit more, especially the ending.
It's not the worst entry into the X-Men franchise but at the same time it is far from the leagues of the best entries. However it is still an interesting entry into the X-Men film saga. With lots of interesting characters and funny moments this closely resembles a live action cartoon.
When I was in high school - high school, mind you - there was a moment I stood up in the middle of the theater in a "f&*k you" posture and had to stumble over a couple of Professor X and Logan cosplays with their fake wheelchairs and toy claws in righteous indignation as I left the theater. I like to say I grew up since then, but this movie's still shit.
I really do not understand the mixed reaction for this movie, or the claims that it has no "heart" or character development. If anything, that is precisely what I loved about it. Jean Gray's storyline, alongside with Professor X's death are some of the most finely executed elements of the series. It was a surprising, thrilling, amazing and emotional experience. Not many agree, but a great movie in my books.