Top positive review
You've gotta give credit where credit is due.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 13, 2015
I hear everything everything everyone says about this film and it's true. Brett Ratner was a poor choice as a replacement for Brian Singer for director. He's like Singer's opposite. Where Singer was always subtle and clever with the first two films, Brett Ratner is always loud and in your face. Not to mention he brings very little of the heart, emotion or character development of the first two films. This film is dumb, where the first two films were very smart.
But honestly, I would be lying if I said I don't enjoy this film. Ratner is great with action scenes, which is fortunate for him because that's like half the film. The scene when Logan and Storm fight Magneto's new henchmen at Jean's house was a memorable fight scene, one that was well directed, and I have to be honest, the entire final battle/"The last stand" was very enjoyable.
Every other scene between characters feels very empty, and literally every new character feels underdeveloped.(The returning character's also feel less developed then usual. Is that even a thing?)
One last thing that really bother's me about the film: "Levels". What the hell are "levels"?! In this film, all mutants are classified by what level they are at. I don't know what that means, in this context at least. This is a concept never mentioned in the first two films and never explained in this film. Maybe people who read the comics know what their talking about, I don't. Charles and Erik casually refer to Jean as level 5. Super speed girl refers to Erik and Pyro as level 3. It just pisses me off!
Hugh Jackman really shines as Wolverine. He always kills it as Logan! Always! But I guess you sort of appreciate it more here because his acting is usually the best part of this movie.
You have to give credit where credit is due, because one thing that Brett Ratner nails is the Phoenix Rage scenes, first when she loses it at her house and again following the final battle. Both of those scenes are outstanding and incredibly epic!
Anyway, all criticism aside, this is a good movie, just not a good X-Men movie.