Tuesday, May 30, 2006
The movie centers around a "cure" for mutants that turns them, effectively, into normal people. This sparks and outrage and the heroic, sympathetic bad-guy character Magneto (played marvelously by Sir Ian McKellan) leads a militaristic campaign to destroy this. The opposing forces, led by the understated pacifist Professor Xavier (played by professionally bald Patrick Stewart) of course want to stop him.
While certainly a fun film and thought provoking in many ways (the film outlines the battle for minority rights) it lacks (in my mind) some of the clarity of the previous films. It also takes a lot of liberties and (plot spoiler!) starts killing off main characters with reckless abandon. But all in all I enjoyed the film immensely and have few actual complaints.
Final word on X-men 3: If you enjoyed the first two, see this one.