June 5, 2011

Movie Monday: X-Men: First Class

This weekend we saw the new X-Men movie. I've never been really into X-Men or anything, but I did like the movies before - and yeah, I really liked "Wolverine," but that's mostly because it had Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber. What more do you need, really? But anyway, I like prequels (except for "Star Wars") and I liked the X-Men movies, so I was looking forward to this one.

Now, like I say, I'm not really into X-Men, so I can't tell you if this was really true to the mythology. But I really enjoyed it. I like examining characters, and that's really what this movie is. It's more character-driven than plot driven, and that's my favorite kind of movie. Plus there's lots of action and humor, and good CG.

I'm not normally a James McAvoy fan, but I really did enjoy him as the young (Patrick Stewart) Professor X. And I will warn you, the opening takes place with you Erik in a concentration camp. I mean, as far as concentration camp scenes go, it wasn't all that bad. But it was still pretty intense. There's also some political conversations that were a little too...well, the dialogue just wasn't very well done, way too blunt. Anyway, probably no one else would notice but me, but it bugged me.

It was still worth seeing. Be advised there's a good amount of cussing and girls in their underwear. Just FYI.

2 comments:

  1. I'm still refusing to see this one because I am one of those X-Men comic book loyalists. I've heard a lot of good reviews about this movie, but I just don't understand why they used the characters that they did. It's almost as if they were ripping characters out of continuity in order to fit their story... heck, it doesn't even fit with their own movie continuity (White Queen was in Wolverine as a 17 year-old, after all).

    I'm sure I would enjoy the movie if I watched it, but only if I pretended it wasn't an X-Men movie. I wish they'd stop making them so that the rights could go back to Marvel/Disney.

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  2. I have fallen into the same realm as the previous commenter! I'm not a total comic book geek, but I am a comic book fan and read some back in the day. Right away in this movie, it felt off. In the back of my mind, I knew those characters would never have been together like that in the comic books, which ruins it for me.

    If I hadn't read the comic books, I would have enjoyed it.

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