Friday, May 26, 2006

X3 - Now With Marshmallows!!

I just got back from X3. . . . .and boy are my arms tired.

The movie was almost as good as the preview for GHOST RIDER!

The reviews of the movie seem lukewarm, but I thought the movie was well done. It did lag a little towards the end, but it is well worth the money.

The boosted role of Storm was incorporated both well and appropriately. The fact that she was the leader of the team for a long time, made it a better role for Halle Berry without changing the X-Men mythos. Note: Stay until after the credits

New Characters

Juggernaut - Vinnie Jones is great in everything, so it was as expected that he would be good. Bringing the characters to the screen is always a delicate line to balance, but Juggernaut was much better adapted in the movie than Sabretooth from the first movie.

Shadowcat - They only call here Kitty in the movie, but the geek majority know who that is. She was really well done. Definitely a character that could be developed for future movies.

Beast - Although Kelsey Grammar is the perfect voice for the animated Beast, I was skeptical going in. He was great. The fight scenes were well done (by who ever did them). The interplay between him and Wolverine was good. If there wasn't so much to cover in the movie, it would have been nice to see more of that.

Angel - The director's of this movie have been trying to get Angel into the movies since X2. He was well done from a visual perspective, but barely a two dimensional character.

Colossus - Although he appeared in the last film, his character was beefed up for this one and he looked phenomenal.

Mystique - She was really great. To go into any deeper would give stuff away.

Slight Spoiler Alert!

If you are a big X-Men comic fan, you might not want to read this because, although it doesn't involve the plot, I liked being surprised to see the following:

The Fastball Special - Colossus and Wolverine team up to perform the patented Fastball Special move. Basically Colossus pitches Wolverine into the fray. Great!

Oh My Stars and Garters - the Beast actually says his catch phrase from his time with the Avengers from the late 70s early 80s. I LOVED that!

Same effect different texture - Colossus turning to steel. . .we all knew that was going to happen. I believe the same effects were used to have Iceman completely ice up. YEAAAAHHH! That's what I'm talking about. In the same vein, Wolverine shows off some adamantium skeleton. Sweet!

Callisto - the leader of the Morlocks until Storm kicked here ass. So it was a must that they fought in the movie. and Speaking of Morlocks, Leetch is in the movie but he does look the little green guy to the right of Callisto.

Multiple Man - The biggest surprise was the appearance of Jaime Maddrox, the Multiple Man. He's a great character and I was hoping that he would have been an X-Men in the movie. There is a scene where you can see a little design on his shirt that looks like the yellow circles on his costume (see below).

Finally. . . . .Sentinels! It was brief but the Sentinels were really incredible. they squeezed in a taste of the Days of Futures Past into the movie. "Days" is considered on the best X storylines ever done.

It will be interesting to see how it holds up the next time that I see it. It's been compared to the Return of the Jedi, in that the second movie was better than the first and the third was a let down. I wouldn't hang the ROTJ moniker on it, but I can see the comparison, I guess. The second movie was kickass. I thought this one was just as good,but something in the back of my mind says that when I watch it on DVD, I will not hold up like X2.

Now, to go see what Wyatt had to say.


At 10:24 PM, Blogger radio gnome said...

not reading, not reading, not reading. It'll be a week before the crowds die down enough for the gnome to venture out, but he can't wait.

I've so missed The Beast in the first two. And The Angel too (but mostly The Beast . . . and Remy of course . . . Remy makes me consider a sex change)

At 11:46 PM, Blogger Tyler D. said...

Good review.

At 6:09 PM, Blogger radio gnome said...

so it didn't take a week . . .

I enjoyed myself . . . . but

At 12:18 AM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

Loved it, but that figured, right? Great FX, decent story, all around solid flick.


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