I'll be honest, after I left the theater, I wanted to give the movie but after telling my friend about the movie I had to admit that there were some cool parts.
I don't know what to say about this movie. This wasn't Brett Ratner's fault. He did a competent job. There were some scenes that were better than anything in the first two X-Men movies. The Phoenix scenes were handled particularly well.
Whoever decided that this movie should only be 107 minutes not only ruined this movie but ruined this franchise.
It was clear that the writers of the movie had been given a list of things to address:
- The cure storyline
- Give Storm a bigger role
- Solve the Cyclops-doesn't-really-do-anything problem
- Iceman vs. Pyro
- Introduce a bunch of new mutants (Angel, Beast, Callisto, Madrox)
- Give Colossus something to do
- Iceman/Rogue/Kitty Pryde love triangle
- Jean/Cyclops/Logan love triangle
There was a lot of potential. The cure story could have been cool. The Phoenix story could have been cool. The use of the next generation of X-Men stepping up could have been cool. But instead of there being a main plot and some subplots, there were ONLY subplots, some being resolved, some being forgotten and some rushed to an unsatisfying conclusion. And because of that, I felt detached from the whole movie.
It's sad. Given an extra 45-60 minutes and a better writer, this could have been the best of the X-Men movies.
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