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X-Men: The Last Stand Review Round-Up

Published May 24, 2006 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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Here are a couple more early reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand that we have been alerted to. We plan to offer a few reviews a day up until the film's release on Friday.

X-Men 3: The Last Stand Reviews

Below are two of the latest reviews for X-Men: The Last Stand. Though I had feared the worst, it seems that each review we have read does give the film a little bit of credit.

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And here’s my problem with X-Men 3 (which I prefer not to call The Last Stand if only because that is so clearly a marketing department-created title and the film itself so blatantly and repeatedly hints at a fourth film as to all but invalidate its own name): This movie, while solid enough for a standard dumbed-down summer tent pole, has taken the original concepts of the X-comics and distorted them to the point where it’s really tough for an old fan like myself to give said changes a free pass. That’s not fair to the movie, I know, but it is what it is.

But like I said above, itís not a bad movie, and itíll bring the crowds out in droves this weekend. So whatís to like? Letís see:

- Halle Berryís Storm gets to kick ass, finally, with some serious weather-witch moves that weíve waited too long to see. Sure, sheís still got Stormís accent all wrong, but what can you do?

X-Men: The Last Stand isnít the worst movie of the year. Hell, itís not even the worst film in the series. The bad news is that itís also not the best, although the elements seem to be there; what we end up with is a movie thatís a miracle, given its production history, yet is a missed opportunity, given what the filmmakers had to work with.

The film combines two stories that are familiar to comic readers Ė the resurrection of Jean Grey as a powerful, crazy being known as Phoenix is an arc most X-fans grew up with. The other plot, about a cure for mutants, is of more recent vintage, coming from Joss Whedonís run on Astonishing X-Men. Either of these stories could have been a movie, but since theyíre lashed together one must suffer. It ends up being the Phoenix.

You can read each review for X-Men: The Last Stand by clicking the bold links above (open in new window). Be warned: these two reviews both have a few SPOILERS.

X-Men 3: The Last Stand comes to theatres on May 26th.

For the trailers, movie stills, posters, clips, extended preview, synopsis and movie info, go to the X-Men: The Last Stand Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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