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I've been an X-Men fan ever since the Saturday morning cartoons started airing. At the time I was too young and not patient enough to sit down and read my brother's X-Men comic books, not that he would have let me anyway - he wouldn't want me to damage any of them! So anyway, keep in mind this review is coming from someone who only knows the X-Men lore from the Saturday morning cartoons and some information learned from my brother here and there.
With that said, I loved the movie. I'm not saying I don't have immense issues with a lot of stuff that happened, but nevertheless, I loved it.
X-Men was a good first film. I really didn't like any of the villians except for Magneto and I was bored with a lot of the character introductions and other info like that because for the most part, I knew all of the characters. But in all, it was pretty decent.
X2: X-Men United, on the other hand, blew me away. I thought it was immensely better than X1 and left me craving X3 ASAP.
X-Men 3: The Last Stand left me content. Not overly pleased, but content.
I think X2 is the best film of the trilogy, but X3 certainly surpasses X1 by leaps and bounds. Anyway.. here's what I loved and didn't love.
I really liked this movie. Dark Pheonix was amazing. For the life of me, I cannot remember how her powers were protrayed in the Saturday morning cartoon, but the film's interpretations of her and her powers was incredible. I absolutely loved it. Kelsey Grammer did an amazing job as Beast. His voice is ABSOLUTELY perfect for the role of Beast and the makeup and hair - Perfectly done! I was disappointed that he had a very limited role as an X-Man, but was happy that he was there and still totally owned. I'm glad that he, Xavier, and the other X-Men go back instead of him being a new character to everybody.
...The Danger Room. OH. MY. GOD!!! Enough said... and... the Sentinel in the Danger Room. OH. MY. GOD!!! Enough said.
My main gripe with this movie, and the other two X-Men movies is the portrayal of Rogue. Ever since these movies first came out I've always had a problem with the way they've handled Rogue. She isn't a little kid, she's a tough lady and to make her a mere shadow of her self is insulting. In an episode of the Saturday morning cartoon, Rogue does go to get a new cure, but in the end she ditches the idea because its discovered that it isn't a cure and more like an experiment on further mutating the mutants. I absolutely HATE that Rogue went through with the cure. What happens to her stealing another mutant's power to fly, and why doesn't she get her superhuman strength? This film would have been the PERFECT opportunity for her to kill off a couple mutants by absorbing all of their energy and gaining her flying and strength abilities. What a waste!
What I did like is how they tied Angel into the movie dealing with the cure, which is where he's introduced to us in the Saturday morning cartoon. In the cartoon he becomes Archangel be getting the "cure." Although in the film Angel doesn't get the cure, its a nice nod to throw him in there with the whole "cure" thing. I despised his extremely under-developed and otherwise unimportant character in the film. They could have totally left him out of the movie and it would not have mattered at all. But instead they set him up in a prologue sequence in the beginning of the film and then they pretty much stop developing his character there. What's up with that?! And the absolutely unnecessary shot of Angel flying around near the end of the film - what. the. f?! ugh.
I loved that Iceman finally became a full-body iced up Iceman during the end battle. Now what happened to his ability to surf through the air on his ice?
I definately thought the look of this film was immensely superior to the look and feel and special effects of the first two. The way they made Magneto and Xavier look younger in the beginning - amazing! The special effects thoughout were absolutely INCREDIBLE. Perfect!
The pace of the film also irritated me. It felt like all the way through we were perpetually stuck in the beginning of the movie. The plot just kind of stretched itself until the big finale. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed very strangely put together/written/whatever. It kept me interested, but for some reason the whole way through I was wondering when it was going to actually going to pick up the pace. X2 was amazing because it was action-packed but still had a strong villain. To me, it felt like Angel's dad was an extremely watered down version of Stryker from X2: Parent struggling with "different" son, uses son as an experiment to fix the mutant problem. Meh.
I was annoyed that they didn't really have a definite villian in this one. Was it the government, was it Magneto, was it Leech, was it the pharmaceutical company? Who knows.
Storm - I don't like Halle Berry but she's did a great job. And to see storm actually fly, finally- it's about time!
Pyro. Ugh. Annoying as hell. I don't even want to think about him.
Mystique. Wow, so sad, but I like how she turned the tables on Magneto.
Cyclops. Its upsetting to me they killed him off. Stupid James Marsden not having the time to participate fully in X3, thus the filmmakers having to kill him off. Even though he's annoying and a crybaby, he's still the #2 X-Man. Killing him off is almost as blasphemous as killing off Xavier... oh wait.. they did kill off Xavier.
Xavier - So sad that he's gone. ...Oh wait... he's not ;-)
I'm curious to see if they make an X4 how they will explain how he isn't dead!
Magneto - Ian McKellen = Amazing. And the fact that he's so powerful that four doses of the "cure" couldn't fix him good, well.. damn.
In all, I really really did like this movie. I can get passed the fact that character relationships aren't like they have always been in the comic books or Saturday morning cartoons... but I can't get over Rogue getting the cure. It's just absurd. What a waste of such a great, great character.
Anyway.. I highly recommend this movie for the summer. Although a lot of stuff is different than how it should be, its still a great movie and somehow it all works as a pretty decent movie. It's good stuff, maybe not as good as X2, but still pretty darn good. I'm going to be going to see it again when my friend gets back in town :)
I'm sure I left out stuff I meant to mention, but for the most part, I think I covered everything.
Anyway - what do you guys think of the film?