Friday, June 16, 2006
X Men: Last Stand
There was a rumor that Brett Ratner screwed it up. Its not that bad. The 'empathy' factor for superhero movies is okay, once in a while - like spiderman II used it. That movie was where I could certainly see and undertsand the makers trying to make us relate to the travails of the main characters. But too much of it takes away the charm of why people go to see action hero movies. Superman III left a bad taste in the mouth. It is time for some regular super hero movies with the emotional element turned down.
XMen III tries to make us empathize with the rights of mutants. It expects us to say "no wayyy dooode" when they suggest the serum is actually a "cure". Well its difficult. I honestly don't care for the mutants. I dont even care to view it as a metaphor for some other issue in current-affairs. I dont even know where to start if I should begin to act concerned about the emotional trauma of the mutants. I am here to see gimmics, cool special effects and action. If I wanted deep emotional stuff, I wouldn't come to a movie made out of Marvel Comics.
What happens when Brett Ratner and his writers try to cross XMen with Ekta Kapoor or a Selvi is - XMen III? It doesn't leave a bad taste in your mouth or completely melodramatic but I came out with a feeling that they could have come out with a better excuse to showcase the action and the FX than such a deep story. Its so complex that while the story in itself interests you, its a small movie with a lot of action to cover, there is limited scope for further story/character development and everybody looks half-baked. Its like seeing the 90 minute trailor of the movie than the actual movie itself.
Dont be misled by my negative tone. XMen III is good and certainly watchable. The special effects are awesome and Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen bring their own charm. Although people were upset with Ratner trying new commercial gimmics like the Juggernaut etc, I was happy with those things. To be honest he has tried his best to balance factors which draw non-regular viewer Vs comic book nerds. "Action" is the reason why I go and watch XMen. Give me more of it and less of story (mm..I have said this somewhere else also :-) ).