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X-Men: the last stand | Roger Ebert | CHIGAGO SUN-TIMES
The government has a Department of Mutant Affairs in "X-Men: The Last Stand," and it is headed by the mutant Dr. Hank McCoy (Kelsey Grammer), also known as Beast. The Mutant Community seems on its way into the mainstream, the goal long envisioned by Prof. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), the head of the school where young X-Men learn to develop and control their powers. The school purrs along proudly with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as a role model, but then a kid named Leech surfaces, and all bets are off.

His body produces an antibody to mutation; inject it into X-Men, and their mutant powers disappear. They become regular folks with the same limited powers the rest of us use to scrape by. Leech is played by Cameron Bright, whom you may remember from "Birth," the movie where he was a child whose body was occupied by the mind of Nicole Kidman's late husband. Bright has large dark eyes and ominously sober features that make you think he might grow up to become chairman of the Federal Reserve, or a serial killer.

He's invaluable to the billionaire Warren Worthington II (Michael Murphy), who lives in shame because his son Warren III (Ben Foster), also known as Angel, has a 16-foot wingspan. A flashback shows young Angel in a room full of blood and feathers, having tried to cut the wings from his back. This self-hate is nurtured by Worthington, whose shame about his son translates into hatred of mutants in general. He buys Alcatraz, imprisons Leech, begins to manufacture the antibody and campaigns for a "cure" for mutation.

But what if mutants don't want to be "cured"? What if they're happy the way they are, and cherish their differences? Xavier has always tried to encourage that kind of thinking, but Magneto (Ian McKellen), his archenemy in X-Man land, takes a more direct approach. He wages war against Worthington and all those who would foist a "cure" on the mutants. Although Magneto has always been the villain of the series, this time he makes a good point.

So strong is Leech's anti-mutant power that a mutant need only stand near him to lose his or her abilities; maybe the antibody works through pheromones. Meanwhile, Mutant Cure Clinics spring up around the country and are picketed by pro-Mutant militants. Extremists arm themselves with guns that can fire the antibody, and go out to shoot themselves some mutants. Beast, as the administration's Cabinet minister in charge of mutant affairs, is caught in the middle.

There are so many parallels here with current political and social issues that to list them is to define the next presidential campaign. Just writing the previous paragraph, I thought of abortion, gun control, stem cell research, the "gay gene" and the Minutemen. "Curing" mutants is obviously a form of genetic engineering and stirs thoughts of "cures" for many other conditions humans are born with, which could be loosely defined as anything that prevents you from being just like George or Georgette Clooney. The fact is, most people grow accustomed to the hands they've been dealt and rather resent the opportunity to become "normal." (Normal in this context is whatever makes you more like them and less like yourself.) [...]

2 comentarios:

Korngus dijo...

Ante todo felicitarte por el blog.

Te escribia para mostrarte el portal de cine en el que estoy trabajando arduamente y que crece a pasos agigantados. Es un portal de criticos, donde publicar criticas ante un publico bastante numeroso. Primero probé con un blog, pero los resultados sobrepasaron las expectativas y la capacidad que da un blog asi que me decidi a mejorar la oferta.

Esta abierto a todo el que le guste escribir de cine, tanto si lo hace bien, como si lo hace menos bien.

Queria saber si te interesaria unirte al grupo de criticos (actualemente creo que somos 25, pero solo lleva 3 dias en la red)

La direccion es http://sinpasarportaquilla.com

Espero impaciente alguna respuesta.

Un saludo Korngus

Jose dijo...

Me gusta que se creen nuevos espacios.

Pero lo que yo sigo esperando es un sólo índice donde se enlacen todas las bitácoras.

Personalmente no estoy dispuesto a ir con la casa a cuestas mudándome cada vez que una dirección tiene éxito.

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