This is weird, but I'm kinda going to defend something about "X-Men: The Last Stand". I just want to address one point that's been brought up. Beast does sort of defend Rogue, doesn't he? Storm says something like, "we're fine the way we are, we should be proud of our uniqueness, blah blah blah", and Beast says something like, "Is it wrong to want to be normal? You don't leave fur on the carpet".
I'm paraphrasing because I only saw the movie once, recall it only vaguely, and have no desire ever to see it again. Still, I think that my recollection of that exchange is fairly accurate and it does legitimately and seriously address Rogue's choice, even if Beast's line is half wisecrack.
Also, I'm not sure it's true that "X-Men: First Class" was so well-received partially because people were so relieved that it was better than "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Wolverine". Was "X-Men: The Last Stand" really as hated by the general public as it is by the more analytical, discerning online fans?
That's not the impression I got. When it came out, I think a lot of people were fooled into thinking it was excellent because it went 'bigger' than the previous film in terms of scope, and killed off major characters. A friend of mine called it his favourite of the X-Men movies apparently because he felt Xavier's death gave it a shock factor that carried more emotional weight.
I was really disappointed in him over that. I hate when people who write movies kill off a major character to try to generate some resonance without earning it. The only thing more depressing is when the public falls for that. It's like this "Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan" syndrome. People assume that just because it made that movie so powerful, the tactic will always work. This same faulty thinking lead to the horribly misguided ending of "Star Trek: Nemesis".
Edited by Naisu Baddi - 2/1/12 at 5:07am