Friday, June 10, 2011
XMEN: First Class: Classy film
I've seen all the Xmen Movies. I liked them, but am not a fan. I don't think I cared that much for the last one that came out a few years ago. So we now get an origin story. And it's good. It wasn't fantastic. But I liked the emotional pull of the film, and James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are key to that connection. They play Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr who will eventually become Professor X and Magneto.
The plot is this: A bad mutant, Sebastian Shaw, Kevin Bacon, wants to start WWIII and is using the Cuban missile crisis to do it. The mutants along with the CIA try to stop him. And along the way, they discover the chasm that exists between mutants and non- mutants and it's a big one. They'll never be truly respected or accepted no matter how hard they try. It really shows the ignorance of humanity. And because of this, the lines between mutants is drawn.
The film is rather long, but for the most part, it's a fun ride. I liked the 1960's backdrop and the soundtrack. I particularly really enjoyed the climactic showdown. It was tense and well acted. And thankfully, January Jones, as Emma Frost, was not participating. January Jones, once again, is the weakest link in this film. She is terrible. And some might wonder why I have such a hate on for her. And it's an annoyance on because she is a horrible actor. And I can't understand how she gets work, as I am sure there are nicer blond actresses out there who have actual talent. It's a mystery to me, so if anyone can shed light on that for me, I would appreciate it. I also felt that Jennifer Lawrence was miscast as Mystique. There was just something slightly off about her performance. I hope she pulls through as Katniss in The Hunger Games (March 2012) because I am obsessed with that book.
The summer is upon us and the superhero films are coming at us full throttle. So get ready to geek out!