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Published: May 30, 2006 at 4:18 PM
I caught the final installment of the X-Men trilogy, "X-Men: The Last Stand," this Memorial Day and loved it. Now, I can empathize with the disgruntled purists concerned about a mangled interpretation of the comic series, but theatrically the X-Men films are top notch.
So what made "The Last Stand" such a great flick? Like its predecessors, "The Last Stand" had the perfect formula; the right mix of fantasy combined with reality, which yielded an unobstructed believability. I never struggled to make sense of any of the film's concepts because of how well they were tied in with modern day parallels. I'm not sure if that is a reflection of good writing or can be attributed to the mad scientists throughout the world who are really growing, cloning and mutating genes, but I just bought into the whole mutant notion. Inject a dose of genre-appropriate, sarcastic humor and you've got a perfect finale to what maybe one of the best trilogies of all time. I give "X-Men: The Last Stand" 4 stars out of 5.