Release Date
May 26, 2006
Director
Brett Ratner
Screenplay
Simon Kinberg
Zak Penn
Based On The Comic Books By
Jack Kirby
Stan Lee
Distributed By
20th Century Fox
Budget
$210 million
Action, Adventure, Fantasy Science Fiction, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, some sexual content and language
104 minutes

X-Men: The Last Stand

“X-Men: The Last Stand” is all over the place. There are great cinematic moments like Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) meeting the Phoenix (Famke Janssen) at her childhood home, but with dialogue muddied with horrid turns of phrase, absolutely no focus, and half of the cast disappearing throughout the course of the film, it is apparent that this film was poorly handled from the start. Kelsey Grammar is a nice touch as The Beast, but otherwise this film lacks any real new star power besides pointless new additions like Ben Foster and Ellen Page. All the same actors return to their roles, but nothing new is really added to their characters, save for constantly devastating shifts to the X-Men lore, that impact the future of absolutely any sequels, like the losing of their powers, continuously, with the story arc of “the cure”, which could have been handled so much better. With an ending that minimally gives back to the audience with a surprising spin on “the cure” that opens the door to some possibilities, it is still not enough to save this film from poor execution and dismal dialogue. Not that “X-Men: The Last Stand” is impossible to watch, but compared to the previous installments, it is lacking immensely.

 

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