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Sunday, June 11, 2006 |
( 6/11/2006 06:39:00 AM ) Bill S.
"THIS AFFLICTION IS NOTHING MORE THAN A DISEASE" – Wasn't sure how much I'd actually be entertained by the new X-3: The Last Stand. Judging from much of the written reaction that I'd read to date, the biggest response to it appeared to be a massive sigh of relief from comic fans over the fact that Brett Ratner's movie didn't totally suck – hardly a ringing endorsement. Well, I caught it yesterday and personally had a much better time than expected. The movie's big and loud and doesn't know what to do with all its characters, but its core – the drive to "cure" mutants and Jean Grey's transformation into the Dark Phoenix – was solid and respectfully handled. Also was surprised to enjoy Kelsey Grammer's Hank McCoy (loved the moment when he attempts to get into his old uniform: "Hard to believe this once fit me!"), though the scene establishing his bona fides as an ex-X-Man could've been better played.
The Saturday matinee crowd I was watching the movie with was enthusiastic, though many of the moments that garnered the biggest applause were ones you could see coming a mile away (Warren's rescue of his pappy, for instance). Favorite moment of super-kid heroics: Kitty Pryde and Juggernaut, which was almost as much fun as Nightcrawler's (Did I miss a line of dialog indicating where this character had gone?) attack on the White House in X-2. As a onetime kid moviegoer who used to worry about the innocent bystanders who got trampled in monster movies, I couldn't help wondering during the big climactic battle: when Magneto starts flinging flaming cars at our heroes are there still helpless humans inside 'em? Didn't we see, after all, a mother in the passenger seat watch the car door get magnetically locked?