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Oh my stars and garters

We had a lovely Memorial Day weekend here. Lots of sloth topped off by a barbeque on Monday evening. Despite the generally rainy state of the day, the weather cleared up just in time for our guests to arrive, which was thoughtful of it. We had a pretty traditional American menu--hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, grilled chicken, potato salad, lots of beer and three kinds of brownies. Whee!

In less pleasant news, remember that back pain I was having? Yeah, well it decided to start getting worse again last week. So yesterday I went to an orthopedic sports medicine clinic to find out what the hell was up. The x-rays showed nothing serious, just an inflammation of the muscles around the vertebrae (pretty much exactly what was going on with my neck two years ago), which, according to the doc, can sometimes take months to resolve itself. Gee, thanks. The good news is I'm starting physical therapy next week so I'll finally have some real guidance on how to stretch and strengthen the problematic area without re-injuring myself. Yay!

In addition to dragging myself to the doctor yesterday, we got the munchkin a guinea pig (named Lucy) and Mr. Sus and I finally got to see X3! My expectations were super low for this one, so I ended up being rather pleasantly surprised. It was by no means a masterpiece, but it wasn't the calamity I was expecting, either.

For one thing, I think it provides something that fans of the comics had been missing in the first two movies--a nice healthy dose of mutant-on-mutant ass kicking. The potential for cool mutants to fight with other other cool mutants has always been big part of X-Men's popularity, and Ratner at least delivered solidly on that score. There were a number of nice nods to the comics (including not one, but two Fastball Specials), although the movie franchise continues to veer wildly from comic canon (Colossus and Kitty Pryde didn't even make eye contact--WTF?) in other areas. Kelsey Grammer's Beast wasn't nearly as awful as I was expecting, and even managed to fight and act pretty much like Hank McCoy ought to. And Kitty Pryde's face-off with Juggernaut was a particular highlight, I thought.

The story itself was quite good in many ways, although crowded. There were a lot of new mutants to introduce and a lot of plot threads to pull together and it wasn't always handled with what you'd call grace or subtlety. The advantage, though, was that no one really got enough screen time (except Storm--Halle Berry still needs to get the hell out of my X-Men movies) to be truly annoying. There was a few moments of totally cringe-inducing dialogue and some pretty awful speechifying, but nothing worse than your average comic book movie (or comic book, for that matter).

I guess the biggest problem with the movie is that despite a truly Whedonesque level of ruthless, heartbreaking angst and character death, I shed not a single tear. Not one. Not even a sniffle. So, yeah, that's a problem. Despite my investment in the characters, they felt flat and distant in this movie, so that while I enjoyed watching them fight, when they struggled and fell I just couldn't seem to care much. Ah well.

I suspect its the kind of movie that's fun and enjoyable the first time, but later viewings on DVD will really begin to highlight the flaws. Still, it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.

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em_meredith
Jun. 1st, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
I guess the biggest problem with the movie is that despite a truly Whedonesque level of ruthless, heartbreaking angst and character death, I shed not a single tear. Not one. Not even a sniffle.

I think Logan cried enough for all of us.

I didn't cry either--and I cry at Hallmark commercials.
alanao
Jun. 1st, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Hee. Cue Logan with his shirt ripped open, claws out, throwing his head back and falling to his knees for a weep.
hannasus
Jun. 2nd, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too. It's absurb that it didn't make us cry even a little. Just imagine what the waterworks would have been like if, say, Joss had directed it.
alanao
Jun. 1st, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
I agree pretty wholeheartedly with you. I ended up seeing it twice last Friday (I had some extra time to kill the second time). It felt crowded; while watching it I remember you saying something about Phoenix's storyline and its ability to be a movie unto itself and I got stuck with that idea.

Everything with the younger characters felt like a Gilmore Girls episode, especially Pyro's young Jess-vibe and Iceman's Dean-y-goodness.

I wanted to feel something when Charles died, I really did, but I was giggling at his cheeks flapping in the telekensis wind.

Did you watch the scene after the credits? And if so, how do you feel about it?

p.s. I've been tormenting everyone at my Starbucks (customers and employees alike) to tell me what kind of a mutant they'd like to be. It's fun.
hannasus
Jun. 2nd, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
Did you watch the scene after the credits? And if so, how do you feel about it?

Yeah, fortunately I'd heard about that. I was avoiding spoilers so assiduously I almost missed it, though. I thought it was pretty cool, but not especially surprising. Like Mr. Sus said, no one ever loses their powers or stays dead in the X-Men universe. I had been wondering how they were going to do the Magneto movie until that scene in the park at the end.
hannasus
Jun. 2nd, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I'd like my mutant power to be empathy. Sorta psychic but different. Also ass-kicking, but I could just take a Krav Maga class for that.
alanao
Jun. 2nd, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
Empathetic ass-kicking? I like it. I said I'd like Logan's ability to heal very quickly, but that's really quite selfish on my part.

My favorite is a toss up between two of my co-workers: one wanted basically the power to be a sommelier to describe red wine properly and the other wanted the power of supersonic burping that could knock down buildings from far distances. They're both crazy.
alanao
Jun. 2nd, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Are they doing a Magneto movie? I had heard about Wolverine. Maybe they're just going to break off and do everyone separately from now on. I will not be going to see any sort of a Rogue film. Stupid Rogue, so badly acted by Anna Paquin.

I had hoped to see Charles to walk over and play chess with Erik at the end. Or roll over, I suppose.

austin360
Jun. 1st, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
::averting my eyes from the X-Men chatter:: I really do need to see that movie soon...

Are you feeling okay? Did he give you anything for when the pain gets bad? *gentle hugs*
hannasus
Jun. 2nd, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
He didn't give me any pain meds because I told him I already had muscle relaxants that I wasn't taking because they make me drowsy. But he did put me on a short course of predinisone. Yay! Only not. But if it helps, it's worth it.
austin360
Jun. 2nd, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Don't let those assholes talk to you into any more predinsone than ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. *grumbles*
zandras_court
Jun. 1st, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
Guinea Pigs Rock! I used to take care of several for the science center and loved them. They have such great personalities and their squeaking when they get excited is adorable.

One day when I was on the floor with Squeak, there was Guatemalan Nun (doesn't that just sound like a fake set-up? but totally true) visiting the center. She informed me (via an interpreter) "they are great on pizza". Yeah, not exactly what I wanted to hear. But I was a smidge over-protective of Squeak after, lest she decide to steal her and fry her up on a hot plate in the hotel room.

And interestingly, one of our other gp's was also named Lucy.
hannasus
Jun. 2nd, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
She is really adorable. I've never had a guinea pig before (although I had a mouse, a rat and a rabbit as a kid), but they really are much better pets than most small mammals. She and the kid have really bonded. Em spends most of her days now playing with Lucy and micromanaging her by rearranging her cage and encouraging her to chew on various foodstuffs and wood blocks. It's adorable.
austin360
Jun. 2nd, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
The Kid's first pet? A hamster named Lucy. Great minds and whatnot...
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