| X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) |
The last X-Men film in the X-Men live action trilogy was directed by Brett Ratner. The story continues where X2 finished and a cure is found to restrain the mutation which causes superpowers in humans called 'mutants.' Magneto's (Ian McKellen) Brotherhood is determined to stop this cure going ahead and will create a bloodbath if necessary. Only the X-Men can stand up to them and protect humanity and mutantkind alike from their plans which now involve Jean Grey who was thought to be dead at the end of X2 and whose powers have now grown out of control.
In general this was an emotional action movie that was short and overflowing in superpowers and special effects. It actually worked. While The Last Stand doesn't merit any serious praise the movie delivers what it intended and 12 year olds will be satisfied. The greatest criticism I can come up with is that it is lower in quality to its 2 predecessors and there are far too many mutants. Everyone will have their opinion of course.
As far as male-friendliness goes this movie slips below neutral. There are sexist comments uttered from teenage girls and mangina commanders such as "you're a guy you're mind's only on one thing" and "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." Really pathetic and pointless. The scorned woman Jean Grey played by Famke Jansen isn't crushing any old men between her thighs in this movie, but she does evolve into the Phoenix and kill off Professor X (played to brilliance by Patrick Stewart) and dozens of other 'oppressor' men. Indeed she seems to be entirely under the control of 'oppressive' men, which to me is a subtle message which somehow justifies her going berserk. Hugh Grant as Wolverine is well played though he is shown to be far less masculine than in his first appearance in the first X-Men movie.
Overall though there are male and female mutants on both sides so gender isn't too much of an issue. This film also includes the standard Hollywood groin kick which is once again used for comic effect. I guess this sort of humor just never gets old.
The only really irritating part for me turned out fine in the end. The Angel kid with wings who is the son of the man who created the cure at first alienates his father who wants to cure what the boy believes is a gift but in the end he is seen rescuing his father after being thrown out the window by evil mutants.
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Overall a decent watch full of action and emotion that can easily be watched over again. Just don't expect it to live up to its prequels.
- Reviewed by Mr.Doesn'tgiveadamn
Rated: PG-13 in USA, 12A in UK, PG in Canada due to action violence, some sexual content and foul language.
Duration: 1 hour and 44 minutes