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X-Men: The Last Stand

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, Patrick Stewart, Kelsey Grammer.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 11:50 IST
Ed Solomon

Rating: Good

There are enough levitating men, burning cars, collapsing houses, walking through walls, devastation of bridges and morphing of people to last you three X-Men films.

It's all very spectacular, and you are left marvelling at the special effects. This is one hell of an X-Men film for Marvel comic fans made clearly by one of them. The communication is, therefore, a direct one.

But there is more to the movie than its extravagance. The soul that had been infused into the comic book characters by Bryan Singer in the earlier two films of the franchise pervades this one, too.

And as the world of the mutants is divided between those that forcefully fight for their rights and others that value the importance of individuality, it is ultimately about making the right choices in life.

In Rogue (Anna Paquin), Ratner has a vulnerable young woman who is not happy being a mutant; she cannot touch the person she loves for fear of killing him. She resolves to take a shot of the "cure for mutancy" so she can lead a normal life.

But in later changing her mind, Rogue reiterates the moral of the story: Be happy with the way your are.

The X-Men faves are back with a bang and with the generous dose of humour and stimulating dialogue. Great performances by Hugh Jackman (Logan), Halle Berry (Storm), Patrick Stewart (Charles Xavier) and Ian McKellen (Magneto) make the film engrossing at a psychological level.

Ratner pulls off the closing chapter of the trilogy with enough for everybody and more to spare. If your idea of watching a film is a couple of hours' willing suspension of disbelief, here's the SF/fantasy that'll make you forget your popcorn and soft drink.

If the human psyche is your weakness, the film teases out a raging argument of modern times: Is being different a 'disease'?