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Old 07-02-2011, 04:21 PM   #6
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Default Re: X:FC Opening Theatres - How important it is?

Look, I love Transformers... at least the first one, haven't seen Revenge of the Fallen. I don't hate Bay's other movies like The Rock, Armageddon, or Bad Boys.

I don't really want his style for X-Men. We got that with X-Men: The Last Stand, and look how that turned out.

I mean, I love that movie, and defend it to death. I think it did more right than wrong, and refuse to let the things that it did do wrong ruin the rest of the movie for me.

But one of the things that it did do wrong was sacrifice character moments in favor of a fast pace and big spectacle. The big spectacle was great, and I agree, Singer's films lacked that. But outside of a few moments, the movie lacked the heart and character of Singer's films, and even Hood's Wolverine film. Oh it had it's moments, don't get me wrong. And the moments it had I thought were great. But they were just that - moments - and sometimes didn't even have a payoff.

As much as I dislike Vaughn for a lot of things that he's said, done, and feels with the X-Men films, I think his film was the one movie that gave us the perfect balance of heart and character, as well as action and spectacle. If I felt confident that Vaughn wouldn't try to turn future X-Men films he made into his own little personal Vaughn projects, and if I felt confident that he'd respect the films that came before his (even X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine) then I'd want him back in a heartbeat. When he let the movie be an X-Men movie, and wasn't worried about making it some gritty 60's spy flick, it was quite possibly the best movie in the X-Men series.

For all the things that Ratner got wrong, I will always respect him for at least coming in with the mindset of being less worried about "leaving his mark" and more worried about making a chapter that fit neatly into the overall series. For whatever complaints people have about the creative direction it took, it does fit nicely into the X-Men trilogy.

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