Joely, don’t ever leave me.
In which we praise something involving Brett Ratner…
#5. X-Men: The Last Stand: Angel’s Messed-Up Childhood
An opening scene establishes that the inventor of the Mutant Cure was inspired by the discovery that his son Warren (the future X-Man Angel) had a mutation that caused him to grow wings. Now, this could have been a very simple and forgettable sequence, but X3 actually handles it very dramatically by having the man walk in on his son trying to hack the mutation off of his back. … Why does [Angel] go to such horrifying extremes? Because he is terrified of his mutant-prejudiced father, who takes one look at his child’s maimed body and blood all over the floor, and only says: “Oh, God. Not you.” The whole scene is barely a minute long, but in that short time it shows you exactly what X-Men: The Last Stand could have been: a drama about struggling with one’s identity.