X-Men - The Last Stand: Medicating Mutants
The X-Men (and women) are back in this third movie featuring the Marvel Comic Mutant Superheroes. This time the story revolves around big Pharm creating a so-called "cure" for the mutants, therefore eliminating their powers and "differences." What an interesting philosophical and ethical concept in terms of tolerance and the "other." Can't people just be "different?" It makes one think of the DSM (psychiatry's diagnostic bible), which has tripled its number of disorders over the years to accommodate for newly "discovered" abnormalities. In the process, promoting new meds to cure these "medical disorders." Maybe Super Boy should have been placed on Ritalin and Batman put on Prozac. One wonders, does the DSM have any code for a person's ability to read minds (Professor Xavier) or turn anything to ice (Iceman). But than again, X-Men has always been about discrimination.
The director, Brett Ratner, does a great job with the action and special effects, which are nonstop, especially the Golden Gate Bridge sequence. Halle Berry looks great and has more of a role as Storm, which is fine with this reviewer. Hugh Jackman is Wolverine, not The Boy from Oz. But it is Ian Mckellen who steals the spot light, as the villain Magneto. He is over the top, and convincing compared to his counter part, Dr. Xavier, played by a staid, steady Patrick Stewart.
Psychologically the film is interesting as one of the main characters Jean, (Famke Janssen), a class 5 mutant , has an unconscious that when not defended becomes the most powerful super force in the movie.
This film is not for kids (Rated PG-13) below 14 or 15, as we have attempted mutant sex, parental figure deaths, self mutilation by one teenager (Warren Worthington III cutting off his wings), the uneasy notion of the power of bad thoughts and seeing Mystique (Rebecca Romijn) naked and "unblue."
Review written by Michael Brody M.D.
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