B and I left work early so we could catch the 5pm show of "X-men III: The Last Stand" with K. I had read a brief uncomplimentary review of the movie last night. Did the review have merrit?
OK. What do I want from an X-men movie? I want cool action. I want conflict. I want a believeable plot. What do I not expect from an X-men movie? I do not expect TONS of character development. I do not expect all loose ends to be tied up. I do not expect an easy happy ending. If you have read the comics you have expectations similar to my own. I don't know if you want the same thing out of the movies, but you know what to expect.
Do critics want all loose ends tied up? Do they want complex characters with reasonable development? Do they want full resolution when they walk out of the theater? Sure they do.
Was I satisfied with X-men 3? Well... No, darn it, I want more, More... MORE! I enjoyed it. I am unhappy where we left things. I want another installment.
Is it 'true' to the comics? Um ... well ... not really. Do I care? NOPE! It was a fun ride.
Could it have been better? Probably. Do I care? NOPE!
There are two more X-men(-ish) movies in the pipeline. "Wolverine" and "Magneto". Neither will resolve any of the issues left lying on the table this go around. I doubt that they'll actually be able to make an X-men 4 though. Halle Berry has already said she's not interested. (Though everyone's gotta pay the rent, right? And Catwoman and Gothika did not do well.) And a couple of other major characters were seemingly killed off. (Though, there are ALWAYS ways around that.) The only way they could make an X-men 4 is if this one did reasonably well in the theater. My showing was pretty full. However, the critics did slam it pretty well before opening day, so it's future is dim.
I am already mentally signed up for "Magneto" and "Wolverine". If Marvel & Co. want to do any more X-men related movies of ANY KIND I am so there. Are you listening, guys? I've got $10 in my hand for each and every one of this franchise you are willing to pursue. Hopefully, there are enough idiots out there like me to keep the feed going.