Very good movie. I think that X-Men 2 was the best of the three movies. This third one was easily the worst of them, but still, it was a great blow-up-super-hero movie, even if the movie-making was not as good as the first two releases.
I was hoping that this third installment would be the best in the X-Men series just because it had the greatest plot for us so far. You should know by now that the X-Men movies are based on the comic book from Marvel. This time, a pharmaceutical company develops a "cure" for the mutant gene. With a single vaccine shot a mutant can go straight, immediately. The government offers / forces the "cure" on the mutants and Ian McKellen plots an upheaval. Ian rules as Magneto!
I already said here that the plot hits even closer to home this time. The movie does compel you to think about whether being gay is something that needs to be cured and whether the gay people would or should be subject to such a "cure" were it to be available.
I guess the movie plot could also be seen as a parallel to a "cure" for other minority situations -- a "cure" for being black, a "cure" for being Jewish etc. -- and perhaps discussing a "cure" for being black could actually hit closer to home because of the three minority situations I mentioned (gay, black and Jews) the blacks are the only ones that are certain to be born that way, and consequently the ones that should be the least "blamed" for their minority situation. On the other hand, it is still not clear whether us gays are born that way. I have no doubt, from personal experience, that being gay has a very strong genetic component, a component that can certainly vary in degree from person to person, but I do concede that there seems to be no final scientific word on the matter.
Anyway, it is quite safe to say that no lucid and normal person would actually successfully apply the X-men 3 parallel to the Jewish and black situations because, fortunately, for a while now being black and being Jewish are clearly not something to be cured. But being gay is still up for grabs in that area.
Don't kid yourself, we are still one of the only minorities (if not the only one) that are still abused daily with little or no consequence to the abusers. Look no further than this very recent example involving this Richard Cohen dude. Cohen says he can "cure" homosexuality with hugs and other bullshit (in the pic he is hugging a "client"). You have got to watch the trailer at The Malcontent. It's creepy, but it's shown seriously by CNN, which is an otherwise serious news channel I guess.
Can you imagine what would be the consequences for Paula Zahn and Richard Cohen and CNN if they were involved with a segment on a "cure" for being black or being Jewish? I mean, if CNN were to ever allow that kind of material to be aired, can you just imagine what would and should happen to them?
But when it happens to the gays, all we get is blog-rage, lots of posts denouncing the awful piece of journalism. We are even seen as cry babies for that. Blog-rage is certainly a great start, but we evidently do not have the reaction we deserve from society. I suspect that all the blog-rage is seen mostly by the gays themselves and is unlikely to be heard by the general media.
Oh well. I am furious, and I needed to vent on the Cohen crap, but now let's get to our gay movie review.