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Movie Reviews: United 93, X-Men 3

OK, here's the deal. Last week, we went to see a couple of movies: United 93 and X-Men 3. I enjoyed them both. No spoilers in this post, but feel free to discuss spoiler info in the comments.

United 93
This played like a documentary. It was very powerful. It didn't concentrate on any character development. It just presented the events of the day, mostly from the perspective of the folks in the plane. I really wasn't planning on watching this movie in the theater -- maybe put it on my NetFlix queue. One of our friends wanted to go see it, so we all went out to see it. It was worth seeing in the theater: it's a big movie.

Now, I know it's not a movie everyone's going to even want to see. The story that's presented is a tough story, especially since everyone remembers it in real life. So if you want to see it, go see it. But if you know that you're just going to hate seeing it, don't see it. But even though it will make you uncomfortable, it's worth seeing.

X-Men 3
This played like a comic book. It had The Beast, and that was cool, even though he was played by Frasier. The story held together well enough. It could have been better, but it could have been a lot worse. If you go see it, stick around to the end of the credits -- it's one of those movies with an extra post-credits scene.

As is often the case, after seeing it, I wanted to start reading comic books again.

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conservative67
Jun. 1st, 2006 03:00 am (UTC)
United 93 was the most powerful movie I've ever seen
drmellow
Jun. 1st, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Yeah. Me, too. It moved me much more than I thought it would. It kinda brought a bunch of stuff home to me.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 1st, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
Wow
I saw X-Men and Da Vinci Code in the same weekend...that's a little less wierd than your combination...certainly not a double header!

I too liked United 93 very much and X-men 3 was good to for what it was.

--RC of strangeculture.blogspot.com
drmellow
Jun. 1st, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
Yeah, a very weird combination. I did see them on different days, at least!
kimber
Jun. 1st, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
As is often the case, after seeing it, I wanted to start reading comic books again.

You are not the only one :) I bought a bunch of comics last year and I think I need to sit down and reread them...
drmellow
Jun. 1st, 2006 12:12 pm (UTC)
It's just like crack, I tell you....
kimber
Jun. 1st, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes it is! *grin*
bodnej
Jun. 2nd, 2006 01:46 pm (UTC)
Best reason to read comic books again
drmellow
Jun. 2nd, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Best reason to read comic books again
AWESOME!
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drmellow
Jun. 2nd, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Remember the ethics class where Professor X was asking the kids "what if it were possible for us to put the consiousness of a person into this brain-dead body?"

Well, apparently, after Professor X "died," he put his consiousness into that body. The final scene was the nurse checking on the person, and Professor X's voice coming from the body and the nurse looking surprised. It tied in pretty well with Magneto's apparant ability to "nudge" the metal chess piece.

In other words, X-Men 4 might be in the works.
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drmellow
Jun. 2nd, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, it teetered. If you were looking at the base of the piece, you might not have noticed it. But if you were looking at the top, there was a little nudge.
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