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Sunday, June 04, 2006


Some impressions of "X-Men: The Last Stand":

I'm not the only guy on Earth who would buy a ticket to see a solo Mystique movie. I'm also not the only guy who would volunteer to man the spraygun to turn Rebecca Romijn blue.

The cast is incredible. Put aside for a moment the lead ensemble (Romijn, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Anna Paquin, Kelsey Grammer). There is savvy casting in small roles. Yes, that's enchanting Shohreh Aghdashloo (Oscar-nominated for her unforgettable performance as the still-proud wife of an exiled Iranian general in "House of Sand and Fog") as a scientist. Yes, that's cool customer Bill Duke (the laconic detective of "Menace II Society" and "The Limey") as a presidential advisor. Yes, that's smarmy Anthony Heald (the slimey Dr. Chilton who lorded his power over Hannibal Lechter in "Silence of the Lambs") as an interrogater. Yes, that's comics legend Stan Lee (co-creator of the X-Men) manning the garden hose.

My favorite scene is when McKellen as Magneto stands in the center of a highway and shoos cars and trucks off the road with a faint wave of his hand. I love how game Sir Ian is in these movies. This guy ain't slumming. He seems to enjoy playing the flamboyantly costumed, melodramatic villain. He doesn't seem to mind that the Magneto helmet is not exactly flattering to his fallen face. He doesn't seem to be collecting a paycheck. Believe me, we geeks would know. (We still haven't forgiven John Goodman for his less-than-heartfelt Fred Flintstone.) When McKellan incites the downtrodden mutants in the woods, his voice sounds like that of a Shakespearean actor projecting to the back row -- winkingly so.

I love the idea that this is the final "X-Men" film. Imagine, a true trilogy, despite a franchise's earning potential. Wouldn't that be a thing of beauty in this, The Age of Grab, Grab, Grab? But an open-ended, post-credits scene indicated that boardroom fatcats are thinking: If We Make Another "X-Men" Movie, They Will Come.


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12:24 PM, June 14, 2006  
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12:25 PM, June 14, 2006  

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