The Last Stand didn't really turn out to be the last stand after all, but for a while it seemed like it might be. When a cure for mutation is created, suddenly the divide between human and mutant deepens even further, and the war between them seems a step closer than ever before. As always Magneto fuels it on, and Xavier is a lost cause... but maybe not? At least the last movie left the world with a short-lived moment of peace - and Hank even makes presidential advisor (nope, he wasn't in either of the previous two movies - a bit of a lose end there).
New mutants? Vinnie Jones plays Juggernaut, and Ellen Page gets a bit more space as Shadowcat. There's Ben Foster too as Angel - his well-willing parents created the cure, and Storm has a new hairstyle. For a moment I thought she might be a new person entirely. It seemed like the change of hair changed her identity - though I assume this is due to bad directing more than bad acting on her part, since the movie is now under supervision of Brett Ratner rather than Brian Singer - who did a fantastic job with the first two. Now... I'm not so sure.
I miss the old Storm, and I miss the consistency. The bridge thing was pretty cool, but the characters are whimsical and savage all of a sudden, and not really the X-Men I thought I knew. It's like they lost their way, even though they've faced harder hardships in the prequels. Even Magneto seems to be taking a turn for the worse, and his abandoning Mystique felt very out of character. Was he really that kind of person all along?
Jean's return wasn't the return I expected either, and it felt badly introduced, like they hadn't planned for it before this movie.
The atmosphere feels similar, but I don't get the same vibe. I liked it, but not as much as the previous two. And where did Wagner go? Too strong for a sequel? They explain his disappearance elsewhere, in a game: he didn't want to fight, so he left, and new characters lead the fight on.
Rogue's relationship trouble deepens, and when the cure appears... things get complicated. It often feels inconsistent, and unnecessary, and out of character. Though it's not on par with the prequels: the production quality is top-notch as always, and it does further the plot properly - albeit not in the best ways. In the end: it still can't be called less than a great movie. It's still X-Men. It's still Marvel. It's just different.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle