Director: Brett Ratner
Writers: Simon Kinberg, Zak Penn
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn, Shawn Ashmore, Aaron Stanford, Vinnie Jones, Ellen Page
Can we say Batman Forever? Seriously, this movie really reminds me of Joel Schumacher’s attempt to make a Batman movie. Both X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Batman Forever (1995) suffer from the same problem. They took everything that made the first two movies in their respective franchises good and threw it out the window and instead made a run-of-the-mill action movie full of poorly written dialogue and very little substance or character development.
X-Men (2003) and X-Men 2 (2003) were both fairly well written for comic book movies. The writers and the directors took the stories seriously and made two very good movies about intolerance and prejudice. X-Men 3 was not at all well written, it was just filled with cheesy one-liners and pointless dialogue. Now, I really have nothing against cheesy one-liners, both X-Men and X-Men 2 had their fair share. X-Men 3 has nothing but cheesy one-liners though. There is no good dialog in the film to balance out these one-liners as there is in the first two films.
For the most part the dialog in his film was pretty pointless. It did not take long for me to tire of people announcing that they were going to use their powers. Brett Ratner needs to take a lesson in showing the audience something instead of telling the audience. The worst example of this is when Wolverine and Storm go back to the lake where Jean had been killed in X-Men 2. It is extremely foggy and Wolverine and Storm walk around in the fog for a minute until Wolverine comments that he cannot see anything at which point Storm decides that clearing the fog would be a good idea. Why didn’t she just clear the fog as soon as they got off the Jet? Why did she have to wait for Wolverine to inform her that he couldn't see?
Because of all this bad and pointless dialogue it seriously felt as if some of the really good actors in the movie were not giving their best performances. I guess you can't really blame them since they were probably doing their best with what they had to work with. I'm hoping most of the actors in this film only did it out of contractual obligations and didn't actually think this was a good script.
While we are on the subject of pointless things in the movie (slight spoilers beyond); why did the two mutants take Warren Worthington all the way to the roof of the building to kill him by throwing him off? Why didn’t they just use their powers to kill him right away if they wanted him dead just like they had done with the other characters they had just killed? This was done for no other reason than to give Angel the chance to swoop in and save his father. This was just a totally poorly written and unbelievable scenario that could have been written a lot better.
The action sequences in this movie were particularly bad as well. For the most part they really had the feel of one of the Live, Action/Aventure shows you see at theme parks like Six Flags. I'm not sure if it was the obvious wire work on Storm's flying or maybe the cheesy entrances that each of the characters made or maybe something else all together but the action just seemed very lame. Something about most of these action sequences just gave me that whole cheesy vibe that you get while watching one of those shows. The only action sequence that was actually pretty cool was Magnetos attack on the convoy that is transporting the mutant prisoners. Watching him toss them trucks around was pretty cool.
This movie tried to have the same type of substance that the first two had but it failed miserably. Ratner just doesn’t seem to know how to include the substance and underlying messages in his film the way Singer did. The message was in there, but it was secondary to the action, and it wasn’t brought to the surface in any way, shape or form. It was mostly just lame dialogue proclaiming that the cure is evil and that they must destroy it. All of this had potential to be as good as the first two, but it just was not handled well at all by Ratner.