By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
Professor Charles Xavier and Phoenix Square Off
Reviews are beginning to spring up for X-Men: The Last Stand and they aren't as bad as the recent buzz might have suggested. However, it is for certain that X3 is no X2.
X-Men 3: The Last Stand Reviews
Below are two reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand that are semi-positive about the film.
Whether you like the film on its character merits, however, will be largely determined by which X-Men have thrilled you in the past. Certainly the old favorites are here - Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) is my personal enchantress - but as with the comic books, they do not always play such integral roles in the main action. But for fans of visual effects and high-spirited action, this film will not disappoint; it’s pure adrenaline. Which makes "X-Men: The Last Stand," by the way, an outstanding summer popcorn flick.
X-Men: The Last Stand
Ratner and Jackman relax on set.
Jackman and Ratner near the mansion.
Ratner shows Ben Foster how Angel breaks free.
Which is not to say that X-Men: The Last Stand isn't entertaining on those base levels a superhero film should be entertaining - it's beyond even Brett Ratner to make the X-Men boring - but it's not a patch on the film it could and should have been. Indeed, the only ramification it leaves for the franchise is in the characters that don't survive, and only one of those deaths feels anything less than unjustified.
In the hands of genuine storytellers, X-Men: The Last Stand might have achieved real greatness. In the hands of Brett Ratner, Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn - who seem merely puppets to the studio's desire to milk fans of the franchise for all they're worth - it's never anything more than average.
You can read each review for X-Men: The Last Stand by clicking the bold links above (open in new window).
X-Men 3: The Last Stand comes to theatres on May 26th.