PG-13, 1 hr. 44 min. Directed by: Brett Ratner. Release Date: May 26, 2006. DVD Release Date: Oct 03, 2006.
****REPOSTED FROM THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH NEW COMMENTS AND EDITS***
An action-packed success for a significantly altered X-Men Dark Phoenix story line.
Marvel's successful adaptation of their powerhouse comic completes it first trilogy (although the hints are ALL there that we'll see more of the X-Men at work) in a wild display of new powers and a smattering of deaths. The youngsters we've watched come of age in the first two movies make an outstanding contribution to the team and we are introduced to everyone's favorite pile of bouncing blue shag carpet.
Like the entire X-Men franchise, this is ALL about the special effects, which it delivers. Storm shows off her long hidden ability to fly, Iceman brings his full array of powers to the table, and Magneto? Well, Magneto's piece de resistance is so great they actually have a segment on the DVD explaining the science of what they did. Bloody brilliant. For those who poo-pooed the idea back when, it should be noted something very similar destroyed a bridge in Minneapolis one year later... or maybe it was two.
Like all action flicks, it has its ups and downs. The combat scene on Alcatraz was remarkably sweet, although I had some fears that with THAT many mutant abilities it might get overly campy. The cast sticks to their guns here and really finishes off the series well. [Editor's Note: Casting should not be a problem with two Oscar Winners in the form of Halle Berry (Storm) and Anna Paquin (Rogue), an Oscar Nominee in Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, but you know, even Frank Langella sucked in the He-Man movie.]
[Nerd Rage Rant (includes spoilers): Okay, most of the gripes about this movie involve the complete and utter bastardization of the Dark Phoenix story line. There is no mention of the Hellfire Club, no mention of how she really converts over to the Dark Phoenix, no mention of the Shi'ar involvement in all this crap, and no mention of how Wolverine freaking chokes and can't off her ass when he has to. Jean Grey has never been discussed as a probable suspect for the "world's most power mutant," although Storm and Magneto have both been given a nod in that direction by fans, and Charles Xavier has always been touted "world's most powerful telepath" by Marvel. With the exception of the Dark Phoenix story line and a few other single events, Jean is mostly seen as the team's 90 pound weakling, but she does serve as the X-Men's heart and soul. No mutant, save possibly Sabertooth, has EVER had real reason to fear her. Unfortunately, Jean Grey has a tendency in the comics to resurrect from her own ashes... I think she's died like four times now in forty years? The problem here is that this movie, like so many other nerd movies, wasn't made for the fans. It was made to make money. Stories have been adapted to protect the innocent from extreme boredom. Whining about the fact that Iceman was an original member of the team (as was Beast) and would pre-date Storm and Wolverine doesn't solve anything and really doesn't detract from the fun this movie is.]