Thursday, June 15, 2006

Congeresque review: X-Men 3

So why do you always stay until the end of the closing credits when you go to the movies?

Because ever since Ferris Bueller's Day Off, every so often you're given an extra treat. It might be as simple as a lilting guitar reprise of the Firefly theme, or Michael Buble crooning "Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does whatever a spider can." Or it might be as mind-boggling as a very brief scene that spins around what you thought you'd witnessed in the film that just ended.

Are you referring to the frequently heard admonition to stay through the closing credits of X-Men: The Final Stand?

Damn straight.

Is it safe to say you were impressed by what happens at the very end?

It's safe to say I think that scene, combined with the last split-second before the credits roll, is FRICKIN' AWESOME!

One would assume if you liked the last 10-15 seconds, you enjoyed the two hours leading up to it.

One would assume correctly. The X-Men movies have established the standard for superhero comic book films, and despite the change in the director's chair, this is a worthy finish to the first trilogy in the franchise. I've read reviews that said this one is more about the action than the characters, but I don't agree. Some of the character development depends on the foundations set in the first two films, but this one fits comfortably with the other two - more action, but also plenty of the interplay that made the first two movies such triumphs. As an X-Men fan since before it was cool to be an X-Men fan, I gotta say I was completely satisfied - even though they violate the comic book "canon" in some major ways.

I'm hearing you say that the "final stand" is anything but.

Like I said - that last scene is FRICKIN' AWESOME!


Blogger Wally Conger said...

Yeah, baby! I've heard a lot of negative comment about this movie, but c'mon, somebody's been plunking down those tens of millions to see this thing for the past three weeks. X-Men rock!

10:05 PM  

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