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Well, you can tell Joss wasn’t involved in this one. Our female characters were pretty uniformly striped of their power and autonomy. Mystique? Once she’s no longer a mutant, “hell hath no fury.” Rogue? Nice to see she finally had the sense to reject her true self so that she could be with the boy she loved. And the Phoenix, primordial force of the Universe, needed Wolverine to save her by (...wait for it...) running her through.

Had Xavier died telling Jean not to let the Phoenix control her, and had she then, you know, succeeded in not letting it control her, his death might have had some meaning. Scott’s death was off-screen and utterly pointless. Several important characters were introduced without so much as 30 seconds of background, because we had to save time for a couple more flaming car projectiles.

All that said, it still had its moments. Or maybe I’m just hopelessly under-critical. I really loved the other two movies, and I wanted to love this one, too. As it was, I just sort of tolerated it.

Oh, and am I the only one who kept being reminded of Chiana from Farscape when Storm was on screen? The hair is an obvious reason, but she even sort of acted like her a bit from time to time.

In other news, we have no air conditioning at the massage office where I work. Yesterday it was about 92 degrees in the treatment rooms and today may be worse. We are giving clients the option to reschedule. And, frankly, I’m not willing to collapse from heat exhaustion, so we’ll see if I can manage to do any sessions today.


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May. 30th, 2006 12:56 pm (UTC)
Have you consdered just offering sauna baths instead? :-)

May. 30th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
And, frankly, I’m not willing to collapse from heat exhaustion, so we’ll see if I can manage to do any sessions today.

Um, good with the not collapsing please.
May. 30th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
keep cool
I read that the director of the last x men 2 jumped ship mid 3rd movie to direct the new superman- it made me mad when i walked out of the theater -that could have been a really good flick it had all the good makings of another really good flick sigh oh well- fyi the da Vinci code belive it or not- a good movie much better then the x-men 3. Let me know if you need fans or something I have a few extra-
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May. 30th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
I think I'm the only person who really enjoyed the movie. Storm had stuff to do! And there were kick-ass evil chicks besides Mystique! And Kitty Pryde kicked an INCREDIBLE amount of ass!

OTOH - I was dismayed that all of the X-Men were white (save Storm), and all of Magneto's people, save one or two, were people of color. I don't know if anyone noticed that, but me. And Colossus was criminally underused.
May. 30th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
You could post a free sona sign outside your work:P
May. 30th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
Did you stay until after all the credits roled? There was a prologue. (geeky nugget of goodness)
May. 30th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hello, it's me Tina. It was nice meeting you during nixie's move. Take care.
May. 31st, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)
Hiya! It was a real pleasure to meet you. Could I friend you?

Also, fabulous icon :)
May. 31st, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
friend away. I will friend back, since I have a locked down journal. :)
May. 31st, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
and thanks for the compliments- this is what happens when I become an urban hormonal hermit for a couple days with Buffy re-runs. :)
May. 31st, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
Saw X3 Friday before heading up to Balticon (which was great, by the way - everybody should go to Peter Beagle's website and start hassling Hollywood), and generally enjoyed it - except for the disturbing subtext of misogyny running through it.

Now, admittedly, the theme of wimmen folks not being able to handle real power derives in large part from the source material of the Dark Phoenix Saga, but at least in the comics version Jean continued to show flashes of her real personality throughout and not only were you rooting for her to regain control over herself - she in fact did, albeit with Xavier's semi-lobotomizing help, and is actually back to herself until the aliens decide to execute her.

Now, I can see why they didn't introduce aliens into the movie franchise, but if they hadn't been trying to cram three or four storylines into one movie, they could have had a situation where the Dark Phoenix side takes over, some small town or city gets obliterated (instead of an alien planet), and then, just when Xavier manages to help Jean come back to herself - the government shows up. Having more than 5 minutes of Cyclops would have also been good.

But then, there were things like all the uses of "bitch" casually thrown in there, the fact that Storm is being groomed to be the Professor's successor but meekly turns combat command over to Wolverine (although admittedly this may have just been a case of playing to actors' strengths - I would have been happier to see more Storm in this movie if only they'd brought in Angela Basset or maybe Gina Torres), and that cheesy 'hell hath no fury' line. One really gets the sense Ratner doesn't like women much.

Rogue going for the cure doesn't bother me much, since it seems everybody but Storm can understand her reasons - I don't see it as just about Bobby, but the prospect of being able to touch *anybody at all, ever* in the way she'd like to... for one thing, I imagine pregnancy is not an option for somebody with that power always on. Although one wonders why, if the Professor could block out the majority of Jean's power psychically, he couldn't help Rogue find a similar switch...

Hey, on the massage office - is that a temporary or all summer situation? I sincerely hope not the latter...

Jun. 2nd, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a lot of my gripe probably comes from the cannon-mangling, but that’s unavoidable when you’re trying to tell a really epic, lengthy tale in a feature film. I like your scenario. That would have worked better for me.

Angela Basset or maybe Gina Torres

Thank you! (points at icon :) Halle is charming, and I think she was starting to understand the roll a little better (e.g., flattened-affect and thousand yard stares do not make you seem enigmatic.) But, although she kicked ass, she still came off as scrappy rather than immensely powerful. I mean, Ororo is a goddess to some folks. A little gravitas, maybe?

Rogue going for the cure doesn't bother me much, since it seems everybody but Storm can understand her reasons

Yeah, I guess you’re right about that. It does seem like a potentially miserable life. And she does assert that it wasn’t for him, it was for her. In retrospect, I think I believe her.

Hey, on the massage office - is that a temporary or all summer situation? I sincerely hope not the latter...

Oh, it’s fixed now. They were putting in a new system, which is now complete and working much better.
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