One Quick Lesson – X-Men: The Last Quip

X2: X-Men United was one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade. It set a high bar for X-Men 3: The Last Stand to live up to. Needless to say, if the Last Stand was a pole-vaulter, it would have slammed into the bar and then just barely manage to flip over it. It’s not the worst, but it’s far from what it could be.

If there’s any one quick lesson I learned upon rewatching The Last Stand, it’s the importance of avoiding quips. They seemed to take all the character-developing dialogue and throw it out in exchange for some witty remarks.


For example:

Charles always wanted to build bridges.

Magneto

Is this meant to be ironic? Was he hoping to elicit a few laughs from his Brotherhood followers?

Grow those back.

Wolverine

Is there any reason whatsoever for Wolverine to think he can’t grow them back? Not to mention that he didn’t cut them off in the first place.

Oh, you get the point.

Beast

Do we, though? He only made one attempt to quote Churchill, and I certainly don’t feel like searching Google for the quote when I’m in the middle of trying to watch the movie.


When writing dialogue for a movie, the most important thing to focus on should be character development and characterization. Don’t waste the opportunity to add meaning and depth to your script just for the sake of getting off a few jokes.

To finish off the video portion of this post, I assembled every one-liner and quip from the entire movie. Be sure to check it out!


What did you like or not like about X-Men 3: The Last Stand? Let me know in the comments below. Subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow my blog if you liked this video, check out my website, QJMartin.org, my Twitter, @QJMartin_Author, and email me at the address Qj@qjmartin.org. Thanks for watching.

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