Bryan Singer’s out and Brett Ratner’s in, a decision that would mess with both the X-Men and Superman franchises (we’ll cover the latter next week). An overstuffed adaptation of both “Dark Phoenix” and “The Gifted” that is an incoherent mess despite the best efforts of a talented cast. (Hey look, it’s Frasier Crane as the Beast!) The great superhero movie rewatch endures X-Men: The Last Stand.
Why does Phoenix just stand there for the entire climax until everyone else is taken out? More to the point, though, why is the solution for Wolverine to kill her when there are two other solutions right there? First of all, why doesn’t Wolverine stab Grey, not with his claws, but with one of the cure darts? The island’s covered in them. Failing that, why not just let Jimmy stand near Grey? We’ve spent the entire movie hearing about (and seeing) Jimmy leech people’s powers, so why not use him to get at Grey?
Instead, we get the maximum-pathos climax that back in 2006 mostly just felt like a rerun of the climax of one of Hugh Jackman’s ‘tween-X films, Van Helsing, and trust me, the last thing anyone wants is to be reminded of that piece of junk.