Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Mamo #45: Ex Three

Mamo returns! X3 sucks! The audiences came to play regardless, but did the summer's first major battle go down as expected? How loyal is a fanbase? And why have we been wasting our time indoors when there's all this nice patio weather to enjoy? It's back to where it all started with Mamo 45.


Blogger Nandes said...

I think you guys forgot to mention that X3 broke the Memorial Day weekend record set by Jurassic Park.

9:46 AM  
Blogger lizzy said...

Approaching Middle aged? Good Grief!

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Leo Stableford said...

From a writer's perspective I think that X3 is a work of political genius. The writing had to serve two fundamentally opposed agendas. Fox wanted the end of the franchise, Marvel wanted Fox to think it was the end of the franchise but actually wanted escape clauses for when they take their business to friendlier ground.

All of the events of X3 are ultimately reversible or (with the exception of the "cure") repeatable elsewhere. Not only that but they've cleverly trapdoored actor continuity for Professor X and even cyclops. They are free in the future to say that Wolverine is off doing his own thing for a bit (like being in his own spin off movie) they can leave Magneto out of things for a bit if they want. They've been liberated to do whatever the hell they want in a typically Marvel fashion. All the while dumbass Fox execs who have never read a comic book in their lives think it's all over. I say that's a pretty sterling achievement writing wise. I also think that many audience members who pick up the X1/2/3 triple pack DVD for christmas or whatnot will not notice how narratively weak X3 is for quite some time.

Added to which I quite enjoyed it but only the same way that you enjoy some episode in a TV series that's not series defining but is another helping of the things you think are neat without some of the flair.

X4 and hopefully some well handled Wolverine and Magneto spinoffs will fit X3 as an unremarkable but adequate chapter in the franchise. It's certainly no Star Trek V.

5:17 AM  
Blogger Uri said...

I have to agree with Leo about X3. For me it was ok and I would recommend it, but only to fans of X1 and X2 as part of the trilogy. On its own it doeasn't stand well as well I was annoyed by how fast they skimmed over some characters and their arcs. I got pretty much what I expected from this director, who got me a little worried considering his resume.

P.S. I haven't read more than one X-Men comic so far.

8:12 AM  

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