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Movie Review: X-Men: The Last Stand

Alternate Title: Fight Against the Cure

Story: The discovery of a vaccine to 'cure' the mutants is at the heart of this comic book style third in the X-Men series complete with kapows, wallops, special effects and super power action. I liked the first two movies and was not at all disappointed by this one.

We get to meet some new mutants with fun powers like passing through walls, defensive porcupine quills, really special, extra special ESP stuff, winged mutants plus the regular cast including wolverine, storm queen, shape shifters, ice boy, fire boy, laser eye guy, Rogue and Jean (now Phoenix) recalled from the dead. What's not to like? Pick a power and someone in the cast has it. The character only has to decide whether the power will be used for good or for evil. What to do? What to do?

Director Brett Ratner does a fine job in this third film. He does not lose any of the fun of the first two films. It is not hard to figure out what 'the cure' stands for in the real world. The sappy ending sort of left me tsk tsk-ing. If you stay through the ten minute credits you will get a taste of what will come in perhaps the next film in the series. Will there be more in the series? I sure hope so. The never ending battle between the boring normals and the mutants is a great hook.

Acting: Hugh Jackman all buffed and toned has a field day as Wolverine. Ian McKellen is in everything these days and does not disappoint as Magneto. Patrick Stewart returns as Xavier and as always, has that starship quality magnetism. Halle Berry as Storm doesn't do much but she sure us pretty. Famke Janssen has trademarked the 'if looks could kill' stare in this role as the Phoenix. Kelsey Grammer as a shape shifter looks quite nice as a Blue Man.

Predilection: I liked the first two films.

Food: Who has time to eat when you are battling for survival.

Blatant Product Placement: Dell and Fox News!

Soundtrack: Fun and action packed.

Opening Titles: Zippy

Visual Art: Lots and lots to visually explode through.

Theater Audience: About 15 guys and me.

Quirky Meter: 2 - Mutants are quirky

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: No drifting here.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Maybe in a technical category.

Nit Picking: Some of the characters needed lots more development. I would just get interested in their super powers and they would not reappear again.

Big Screen or Rental: Big screen fro sure.

Length: 100 minutes