Title: X-Men: The Last Stand
Notes: Say what you want about how seriously messed up THE LAST STAND is as far as character continuity is concerned and the liberties it takes on the forty years of comic books before it, but this is one hell of a scene, and I say that with the utmost respect. John Powell’s magnificent score, “Phoenix Rising”, coupled with this rather emotional moment where poor Logan needs to sacrifice the love of his life (here’s to pretending ORIGINS doesn’t exist) to basically save the world – cos she’s just so out of balance and she’ll end up destroying it, see. A magnificent scene as Logan undergoes emotional and physical pain, the special effects department gets paid big time for some splendid shots, and in the end there’s a breathtaking sequence that nearly makes up for the rest of the “meh” movie. And then, of course, there’s the legion of fans screaming “WTF?” at the sheer absurdity of what the screenwriter has just done.
I’m not a lover of X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, but I accept it and, to a degree, dig it. There are faults along the way, indeed, and the tone is so obviously different in comparison to the first two and feels a tad, shall I say separated from what came before it. But as a concluding chapter to that particular series, at least for the time being, it was serviceable, and provides the X-MEN movie universe a clean slate if or when Fox decides to jump back into that wagon, assuming they don’t feel inclined to reboot it like another franchise that came out two years after X-MEN.
Discuss: Considering Ratner got a lot of dissing for his work on THE LAST STAND, what exactly about his directing did you not love? What do you feel are some of the successes and faults of the movie? Are you bothered by the major character deaths? Is it a satisfying ending to the trilogy? What do you feel Bryan Singer could have contributed to the movie to improve it?