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X-Men III: The Last Stand

I am a fan of the X-men series.

The movies are visually stunning: state-of-the-art costumes and sets, special effects that drive the story forwards, compelling chemistry between the characters, and a clear line between the villains and the heroes - all the better because a few of the heroes don’t think of themselves as heroes at all.

The X-Men movies cannot be described really, they need to be watched on a big screen for the full effect. AND I think you either like them or you don’t.

I like them.

This third and last film - the weakest of the three installments - ends on a melodramatic note as if the filmmakers wanted to hurry and wrap up the trilogy: it is all about the effects of ‘psychological suppression’ whether Jean was made better by the good doctor’s efforts to suppress her untamed powers, or would she have been better off - been more herself - if she had been left to express the dark powers she possessed?

Hindsight is 20/20: perhaps her two personalities would not have been so polarized as they are after decades under the watchful tutelage of the good doctor, the evil in her magnified by being penned in, but how could we ever know!

Perhaps if the evil part wasn’t penned in, it’d have grown and destroyed us all sooner!

So… go. Enjoy the movie. It will WOW you.

Mags 08 JUNE 06












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Margaret-Mags - Hong Kong Editor
Margret spent her formative years (3 – 11) in West Africa, and earned a B.A. double-major in Child Development Psychology and Poli-Sci from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts. She has worked in management roles in many fields including hotel management, offline film editing, as an analyst, a freelance writer & in organizations in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. After earning an M.A. in Anthropology from Chinese University of Hong Kong, and having undertaken 2 years of independent research into Rites of Passage, she built iCUBED.us to provide a fun and safe haven webzine for "thinking teens", youth aged 13-to-21.
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