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X-Men: The Last Stand
buzzed, B&W
Mmm . . . just got back from watching the third X-Men Movie.

While there was some concern about this movie, with the director of the previous two movies, Bryan Singer, moving on to other super-hero films, it seems to have been unwarranted. I enjoyed the latest installment.

Thoughts (and spoilers) follow.

With over 30 years of history with the characters, this is one franchise who's fans are hard to please. So many different expectations, views, and you have to remain faithful to the core. Granted, I stopped reading/collecting comic books in about '98, but before that, I had been a faithful X-book reader for 5 years or so.

This movie brings back much of the core from the previous movies - Scott, Ororo, Logan, Magneto, Jean, Rogue, Beast, Charles, Iceman, Mystique, Colossus, and Pyro, while bringing in some more of the deep cast of characters in the X-Universe: Angel, Juggernaut, Kitty, Callisto, Jamie Maddrox, etc. There's even a cameo by Stan Lee . . .

There are continuity bits that fans will appreciate: Moira as a friend of Charles, Eric's Holocaust branding, the constant theme of diversity, Ororo taking over the school in Charles' absence, hints about Trask, the Brotherhood, the love/hate relationship between Charles and Eric, etc.

The movie takes some aggressive stances, killing off Cyclops and Charles, and curing Mystique, Magneto, and Rogue, but leaves things open, with the scenes before and after the credits.

Of course, there are some goofs, and things, but as far as fantasy movies go, I liked it . . .

Oh, and the Ghostrider preview was intriguing . . .

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The curing seems pretty optional at this point. I can't believe they killed characters, but I guess in comic book tradition, they can easily conjure up an explanation.

*shrug* I thought it was an ok movie, but as it turns out, my standards for movies are pretty low.

I liked it - but my expectation for the movie was a no-brainer, action movie, that would ideally be reasonably faithful to the characters . . .

One might argue there was a lack of character development, but at least they were faithful . . .

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