re: The Last Movie You Watched Thread
After watching Logan, I got the itch to go back and watch the other X-Men movies. I watched the original three this weekend.
X-Men (2000) = At times, this movie feels more like a TV pilot for a Saturday morning cartoon than a movie. It gives us brief intros to the characters, sets up the basis for the continuing story, and doesn't do anything that huge, opting to save the big stuff for later. That makes it feel somewhat small scale and the characters don't feel fully fleshed out. There are some other issues as well. I never liked the portrayal of Rogue as the kid sidekick/McGuffin of the story. I always felt like Cyclops was portrayed as too much of a dick just to make Wolverine look better. And what the hell is up with Sabretooth's design?!?!?
However, consider the time period this movie was made in. This came out in 2000 following a LONG string of terrible comic book/superhero adaptations. After Burton's Batman, it felt like we got nothing but garbage. For this movie to come out and be half way decent is almost commendable. It was a step in the right direction. The powers of the mutants make for fun action sequences, and some strong casting (McKellan, Stewart, and Jackman especially) elevate the film higher than it would have been otherwise. 6.5/10
X2: X-Men United (2003) = Everything about this is a massive improvement from the previous film. The characters and there interactions are a lot more interesting this time around, and cast looks as if it feels more comfortable in the roles and with the material, the story is bigger and better, and mutant powers on display are improved as well. To get one of my favorite X-Men, Nightcrawler, handled so well, was very gratifying. Hugh Jackman really gets to cut a little bit more loose as Logan as he makes the character his own. OK, the handling of Rogue and Cyclops still sucks, but everything else is pretty spot on. While she never gets fleshed out to the degree that I would have liked, Rebecca Romijn's Mystique gets her best material here. And hey, I really like Stryker as the villain. There is something appealing to me about villains like Lex Luthor, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Zemo from Civil War, and Stryker in this film. A powerless opponent that uses his resources and intelligence to make life challenging for the heroes. Also the conflict between Mutants and Humankind feels more real in this film than it does in most of the other X-films. 9/10
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) = OK, it is the weakest of the original trilogy of X-Men films, but I never thought it was as bad as people said it was. It certainly isn't one of the worst Superhero films ever made (I lived through Superman IV, Spawn, and Schumacher Batman...that's pain!). Granted, there is plenty of dumb stuff here. Rogue STILL SUCKS! Three movies, and you can't get her right? Seriously? (BTW, I'm not blaming Anna Paquin, I blame the writers/directors). There are also some weird character turns like why does Logan care if Jean's powers are being repressed by Charles? Why does Magneto leave Mystique to the wolves instead of helping (up to this point I got the impression that he cared about her). Why is Angel even in the movie? He is so inconsequential, why even bother? The MST3K conditioned part of my brain couldn't help but say "I was completely useless!" every time Angel flew across the screen. There are other weird moments like that sprinkled throughout the film.
But there is some good stuff too. We get Beast played by Kelsey Grammar and he's kind of perfect. Also the major conflict of the story and the morality surrounding it (The Cure, whether or not it should exist, and whether or not its right to take it) is all very interesting and actually leads to some interesting debates among the characters. And we get plenty of good action, especially towards the end. The Juggernaut/Shadowcat fight goes about exactly how I'd expect it to be and it looks great. The scene of Magneto raising the Golden Gate Bridge is a jaw dropping display of Mutant powers. And while it is rushed and haphazard, some of the moments with Phoenix are legitimately creepy. It makes me wish they had done the Cure as one movie and the Phoenix stuff as another one.
And some of the stuff people complain about with this film were pre-existing conditions from the other two movies. Rogue sucks...OK, but she's sucked for two films prior to this, so, yeah. Cyclops gets written off early...yeah, but he barely did anything in the other two movies, so he wasn't that important anyway. Some of the one liners are groaners...which was the case with the other two films as well (What happens to a toad when its struck by lightning? IT CROAKS! FOR GOD'S SAKE, IF YOU ARE GOING FOR CHEESY ONE LINERS, GO ALL THE WAY!).
There is enough good in this film to make me think that in better hands, this movie could have been amazing. As is, it is a heavily flawed film with some good moments that keep me from hating it. 6/10
Last edited by TripleG; 04-10-2017 at 09:19 AM.