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X3: The Last Stand

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Today, I was rewatching the third movie in the X-Men Trilogy and had some of the same thoughts that I had originally when watching it. To put it into perspective for you, at the end of the movie on opening night, I stood up when the credits began and said “What the hell!” (There may have been more choice words…I’m not entirely sure), and I ranted like this for a few moments until the surprise tag at the end of the credits came on…I was silent for a little while to watch…then, the ranting began again. Why you might ask was I so distraught? It was and is because the X-Men are my favorite superheroes. I have like them ever since I was a child because they are imperfect and varied. So, why did the movie rub me the wrong way? It’s because of several things.

1) The storyline was rushed and manipulated to suit weird intentions. I didn’t like their take on the Phoenix saga. It was okay, but honestly, they can’t undertake such a huge story arc in one movie. It is a story that stretches across many, many issues and decades of comic books…and they dealt with it in an hour and a half movie…yeah…

 

2) Magneto would have died trying to save Charles Xavier. In the comics, they are good friends even though they do have their different view points of the mutant crisis. Magneto would not have stood idly by while the Phoenix tore him apart. He would have been killed because he tried to save Charles…it’s just one of those things.

3) Halle Berry is not Storm. While several of the people cast were wonderful, she doesn’t act like Storm should act. With the power of the weather at her finger tips, she should not get too angry because storms will happen; however, she is angry and emotional all the time…nothing happens…it’s one of those things that is odd to me.

4) Brett Radner didn’t seem to understand the world like Bryan Singer did. The first two movies were good. They seemed to use the characters well and give the storylines that were appropriate for a movie format. While I know that he didn’t write the script for the movie, I know that his direction played up Halle Berry’s angst and some other equally annoying aspects of the movie…and let’s face it, his movies are really that great…(think Rush Hour 3)..

Some honorable mentions for the good qualities of the movie, I thought that Jean Grey’s costuming choices were nice. I liked that they matched her hair to her costume color…I also appreciate John Powell’s musical score. It is a bright spot in the dimness of the movie. “The Dark Phoenix Tragedy” is one of the best songs in the movie. However, these bright spots are not able to redeem the movie…they just make it suck a little less.

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September 12, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Superpowers

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Quite often, I am reminded about why we as normal people do not have superpowers. I believe that the world would be plunged into anarchy because let’s face it for every Spiderman or X-Man there are at least 10 supervillains that are out there. Also, I believe that normal people would not be able to deal because “With great power comes great responsibility.” Thanks Uncle Ben…but what is it about ourselves that makes us unable to have said superpowers…let’s just think about that.

1. Most of the superhumans that exist in our wonderful fantasy worlds tend to have moral compasses that go to either extreme of “good” or “evil”…there are few rare instances of the “gray area’ that most normal people would live in. Think of Charles Xavier and Magneto. They are both people who are run by specific goals: one the cohabitation of mutants and humans…the other for superiority of the mutant race over humanity. Professor X would be considered to have his compass pointed toward the good, and Magneto would be pointed toward the evil. Each tend to try to achieve their goals by means that would support this…However, in the real world, we tend to be neither good nor evil…we tend to have our moments of brilliance on both ends of the spectrum.

While our powers would be morally ambiguous, the minds running the powers wouldn’t…and sometime, we would invariably do “evil” with them. Whether this be blowing up the guy who cut us off in traffic or beating someone to a bloody pulp because they spited us, I guarantee it would happen.

2. While there seem to be plenty of people in the comic worlds to uphold truth and justice, I believe there would be more people who would fall into the scope of evil simply because using their powers to better themselves would be too great a temptation to avoid. If I could control the weather like Storm, I’ll be honest I’d probably sell my services to the highest bidder because it would be easy money…doing so would probably effect the global ecosystem pretty badly.

3.What happens if someone gets a power so phenomenal that they can shape the world? (That’s all I’m going to pose because the idea is intriguing and frightening at the same time.)

4. Finally, we are human. That is my biggest reasons superpowers would never work for us because if suddenly by some tremendous happenstance we did gain some sort of power we would be humans with superpowers. We would bring all of our driving forces to the table. Something bad is bound to happen if you drop a lit match into a room filled with propane…

Now, I’m not saying that some people wouldn’t make the wise choices because you would have those out there who would become the heros. However, all the superheroes in comic-dum have had their bouts of falling between one extreme and the other. Superpowers are fine and dandy…and honestly, if I ever got one, I would be super-excited like any fanboy would…however, I don’t know how I would react…I would like to think that I would be good, but the allure of the darkside (to reference Star Wars) might be too great.

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February 22, 2010 at 11:29 am