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30 June 2006 @ 11:57 pm
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Just saw X-Men 3 tonight, and it was way better than I expected. I just saw X2 for the first time a couple of days ago, and they actually work very well together. In fact, it almost feels like they're just two parts of the same movie. Random observations and opinions:

One reason I wanted to see X3 in theaters was the Snakes on a Plane trailer. That was actually a disappointment, because I was expecting more of a trailer than a tiny teaser. I did shout out "I'm tired of these motherfucking snakes!" in the theater, though, which got some giggles and felt great.

I keep hearing that Cyclops's part was cut way down in the movie as "punishment" for taking a part in Superman Returns. This makes no sense, for three reasons. One: contracts are written up ahead of time, so they'd be paying him the same amount of money anyway. Two: Cyclops hasn't been much of a part in any of the movies—he actually does more character-wise in X3 than in either of the previous entries! Three: I can't see where they could have added more of him, since Jean possibly having killed him early on is an important point for nearly everything that comes after.

Blue Frasier was indeed awesome. Too bad Nightcrawler wasn't in this one, but eh.

Bobby Drake finally getting his ice-form in the fight with Pyro was a F%#K YEAH moment.

The "Fastball Special" does look pretty fakey. I don't think there's any way to make that look believable. And I think if they were going to use Sentinels anywhere, it should have been in X2, which centered on human attempts to control and exterminate mutants. No big loss though, really.

The actress who played Kitty is SO CUTE. I think I have a new crush.

Did anyone else think the final scene with Magneto in the park was incredibly sad? Here's Magneto, a great villain, a great figure, reduced to a nobody, so pathetic and irrelevant that the federal government doesn't even bother to arrest him for his massive crimes after he's depowered and wouldn't be difficult to capture.

The "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch" line sucked. Frankly, I thought that video was kind of lame (way too long for the joke) anyway, but in the movie the line really didn't work. On the other hand, Juggy knocking himself out by running into the wall full-tilt while depowered by proximity to Leech was comedy gold. BONK!

To anyone still complaining that the various mutants in the Brotherhood weren't "true to their comics versions": so? For all but Madrox and maybe a couple of others, they're only even named in the credits. The names are just a gimme for comics fans to recognize; they aren't the same characters, so don't worry about it. It's an adaptation, so it's not going to be a direct transposal of everything from the comics. Juggernaut is just a mutant, not Professor X's half-brother with a magical +1 Gem of Hugeness. Phoenix is Jean Grey being way too powerful and crazy, not a space god of explodification. Most of that sort of stuff in the comics really doesn't fit with the premise: it's crap that could happen to pretty much any superteam but just happened to affect the X-Men. It fits in in the comics because they're set in the Marvel Universe where there's all sorts of that kind of crap happening all the time, but it wouldn't fit the movies because they're relatively self-contained: magical or cosmic elements would just come out of left field, and detract from the overall premise. Just be happy that they named somebody Calypso as a reference, and don't bitch about how she doesn't have an eyepatch or a tentacle arm or whatever.

I believe I may see Superduperman on IMAX 3D next week. I keep hearing that Luthor is cool and the action sequences are good, but the story is thin and the characterization blah, so I figure I may as well see it in a form that maximizes the SFX wow factor. And I'm down to see a 20-foot-tall Kevin Spacey gnaw on some scenery.
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J: kermiestarkruzr on July 1st, 2006 07:13 am (UTC)
The story IS thin. The characterization, on the other hand, is excellent. I predict much love.
larksilverlarksilver on July 6th, 2006 12:24 am (UTC)
What they said.

We had a marvelous time.
Amelia: Bat Signalpadparadscha on July 1st, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
I would tell my angry comic-wielding friends to just imagine that it was a parallel universe. I tend to give leeway to things that incredibly huge, just because they have taken on mythic status in modern day and thus are, like myth, subject to variation. (However, I have a very specific set of rules for fanfiction. If you break them, you will earn my everlasting contempt. But there's a catch: I have no idea what these rules are. Even when you break them, I may not know WHICH rule is broken, just that one HAS been.)

I believe you already know my status on X3 crushes. Allow me to merely look innocent here.

Also, I keep hearing that Luthor is cool and the action sequences are good, but the story is thin and the characterization blah

Dude, I think you have just summed up the ENTIRE ESSENCE OF SUPERMAN.
gwalla: lon chaneygwalla on July 1st, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Actually, in some of the recent comics, the characterization has been good. Lois and Clark have made a good snarky couple. And All-Star Superman is all kinds of awesome.

As for adaptations, I tend to be more concerned with whether they stay true to the point of the source material and the premise than to details. Details are just a bonus, so fans can say "Hey, they put that in!"