I fully expect someone to yell at me for this.
The movie was so bad to me that I laughed out loud many a time. The special effects - which I really don't even care about - were kinda lame and very obviously CG. The music...I can't even recall there being music, so it must have not had much impact.
The story was shaky, incoherent, and basically just an excuse to loosly tie together all the ACTION SCEENZ...
Now, I'm a fan of cheesy, so-bad-they're-good spectacles (like, say, Batman Forever), but I thought X3 was just outright bad (perhaps not as bad as Batman & Robin, but pretty close). I couldn't even laugh at some of the horrible dialogue, awkward wirework, or gaping plotholes. The most aggravating part, however, was that the story went absolutely nowhere. By the end I felt as if absolutely nothing had happened.
There were also so many characters wasted that it's hard to pinpoint which one had the least amount of development. I think, though, that I'd go with Angel, who, despite a good setup, ending up doing nothing but fly out of nowhere and, according to one friend, "look pretty."
I could get over my disappointment with the story if the action and effects were good enough, but I don't think the movie fully delivered in those respects. I thought there were a few nice instances of CG, particularly in the opening scene and the, umm, "bridge" scene, but other effects seemed rushed and unfinished. Actually, rushed and unfinished pretty much describe the whole movie. Some of the deleted scenes make me wonder what could have been: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/show … stcount=36
Reading impressions all over from this one has me curious though, as to how they manage to fit so much into 2 hours or so. I might look into it just to satisfy my curiosity.
It's actually closer to 90 minutes. Colossus, one of the main characters, gets all of one line. Basically, they managed to fit two movies worth of plot into one by cutting out all the useless stuff: story, character development, logic, and emotional resonance.
On the other hand...The Dark Phoenix Saga (and the original Phoenix Saga, for that matter) in the Fox cartoon was one of the best animated works I've ever sat through and I'm almost scared to see how it turned out here.
Agreed. The cartoon was surprisingly faithful to the comic (or as faithful as they could get on a Saturday morning cartoon) when it came to the Phoenix sagas. In lieu of watching the movie, I'd suggest just re-watching the following episodes of the animated series: "The Cure," "The Phoenix Saga Parts 1-5," "The Dark Phoenix Saga Parts 1-4," and "Graduation Day." Sure, there are a few cheesetastic moments ("I. AM. PHOENIX!"), but nothing so utterly cringeworthy as "Way to go, furball."