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Movie Review: X-Men: The Last Stand

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Usually movie sequels are hard to follow if you haven't seen the original movie. For this reason, I was reluctant to go to see X-Men 3. I was talked into going by my sister and some friends. Boy, am I glad I gave in!

The plot of X-Men is pretty simple. The comics were written during the civil rights movement, which most likely inspired the plot. X-Men is about humans who evolved and developed super powers. The problem is that Homo sapiens tend not to think these mutants are a good thing. In this third movie, the humans have developed a "cure" for the mutants. Some of the mutants are relieved because they just want to be "normal." Others don't want the cure, but think it's a right that all mutants should have. Still others are offended — you can't cure a mutant because being a mutant isn't a disease. Then there are the bad mutants who believe that all of the Homo sapiens should be wiped off the planet.

I found the special effects extremely good. With all the fire, walking through walls, and cars flipping over, you could not pull off this movie 20 years ago. The creators of the special effects had a lot on their plate. Almost every mutant character required special effects, from claws to ice coming out of their fingers. Yet, everything looked real.

Because of the huge amount of special effects, the actors were awesome. Think about it. The actors who played these roles needed a huge amount of creativity. Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) didn't really have ice coming from his hands. In order for him to play Iceman to his full extent, he needed to imagine being a mutant with his power. Same thing goes for Halle Berry (Storm). She didn't actually create a storm, but in filming she had to get into character.

I liked the character conflicts. Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Pyro (Aaron Stanford) were close friends in the second movie. Pyro then switched to the bad side. It's perfect because the two were like Yin and Yang. Good vs. Evil. Ice vs. Fire. The two actors were very good acting off each other.

Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) had an internal conflict. He watched his love, Jean, die in the second movie. In the third movie, Jean comes back, but not as the same person. She is a danger to herself and society. So does he save her in the only way he can — killing her? Rogue (Anna Paquin) faces the conflict of struggling with her powers. She has the ability to take someone's power by touching them. This is cool, except for the fact she can't kiss her boyfriend, Bobby/Iceman, without killing him. The problem increases when Bobby starts flirting with other girls. Does she take the "cure" so she can touch Bobby, but in exchange lose her powers forever? The conflicts make for a good plot. All the actors seem to play their character's struggle well, which is an important ingredient for a good movie.

I enjoyed the third movie so much that I asked my friend for the first two. Although X-Men 3 did so well in theaters, the hopes of an X-4 are looking grim. However, Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) has stated in an interview that there will be a spin-off movie about Wolverine alone. It is unclear what other cast members will be featured, if any.

X-Men 3 surprised me a great deal. I thought I was going to sit in a dark movie theater for two and a half hours and be incredibly bored. Instead, I was kept entertained and on the edge of my seat. Plus, it doesn't hurt that Hugh Jackman is incredibly hot.

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