>Spoiler Alert! If you have not seen "X-Men: The Last Stand" and intend to do so and do not want to know how it ends, do not read on.

I went to see the new X-Men movie last night. I had really liked the second moive, and never seen the first one so I can't comment on it. This installment was not nearly as good as the previous one. Sure, it was entertaining, but not quite $10.75 of entertainment and the end annoyed me. (Yeah - movies are now $10.75 in Manhattan. I understand theaters are barely hanging in there, but every time I go it is 25 cents more to see a film. At what point is this a self-defeating proposal - need to raise prices to make money, but raise them so high that no one goes any more? Anyway, I'm not sure how many movies I'll see this summer at that price. Certainly for the new Pirates of the Carribean flick and Snakes on a Plane. I loved Clerks and the preview for Clerks II did look great, but I may have to rent that sucker. End of digression.)

Anyway, X-Men: The Last Stand is again on of those us-against-them, good-vs.-evil films in which you can sort of feel like the good guys triumphed. Yet it was also about man's redemptive/deathly love for woman. As The Explorer pointed out, wasn't it great that Wolverine saved Jean Grey (and the world) by admitting his love for her, which then leads her to die? If it was done well, it could've been touching, but I heard giggles and I don't think that it brought a fuckin' tear to anyone's eye. A super macho director like Brett Ratner just had no idea how to pull it off.

The final verdict: cool that the most powerful mutant is a woman, sucks that she can't control it and it (and the love of Wolverine, who tries to help her get control over her powers) kills her.