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 I just got back from watching X-Men: First Class. If you haven't seen it yet, go, go! 

why don't you teach your heart to feel 
and give you love love
give you love love


Oh god I can barely sit still long enough to post this. *wiggles toes*

This is what Take That sounds like now? Take That?! Wait. Is that. Robbie is back? He's been back for A YEAR? Clearly I live under a rock, but I am so fucking down with this news, you have no idea. And what the hell, Gary, lookin' good man. My mind, it is reeling.

Ah, anyway. Woa. X-Men: First Class. What a great film. Rekindled all the good feelings that X-Men 3 had pummelled into dust. 
 
The Erik/Charles dynamic played out pretty much how I expected, but it was still fun to watch. If you wanted to ship them, all the pieces are there ready for you to pick up, but man, Erik deserves better than Charles. 
 
Loved the back and forth at the start. Erik IS James Bond. Charles IS . . . writing a thesis. Erik is killing nazis. Charles is reading some girl's mind so he can buy her a drink. McAvoy did a brilliant job, the character is interesting and faceted and understandable. Same goes for Fassbender. 
 
I really wanted to shake Xavier the entire film at times. It was incredibly obnoxious and frustrating (though, it made perfect sense for his character) the way he treated Mystique and the things he had to say about the whole issue of appearance. He really never made an effort to climb down from this privileged tower of having an invisible mutation and really think about how it must feel for someone like her. 
 
And Mystique was very cool. 
 
Bonus points to Azazel and Riptide for looking so damn sharp while they kicked ass. Darwin and Havok's obvious little thing and Kevin Bacon for being excellently creepy.
 
I'm glad they didn't really push any romance subplot. Was Moira supposed to be a romantic interest for Charles? I'm not sure, but she was incredibly forgettable anyway. 
 
The scenes at the start with young Erik were really chilling. I'm slightly surprised they went that far with a 12A certificate. The way Erik disposes of Shaw in the end was pleasantly gruesome. I'm used to villains in these sorts of films meeting their death by falling from a height, dying in an explosion, being invisibly crushed by some large piece of falling debris, that kind of thing. I suppose because Erik is the, hmm, the villain or the anti-hero, however you'd like to put it, they can actually get away with him doing a Bad Thing and murdering the antagonist with his own two hands mind powers.  
 
I'll be happy if they make this into a trilogy as they apparently have plans to. 
 

Date: 2011-06-15 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furius.livejournal.com
but man, Erik deserves better than Charles.

Story of his life. But oh, the angst. there should be fandom..and fics (what's another altverse in Marvel's stock of them after all?)...

The thing is, there's always something a little disturbing about Charles anyways. That he was...previleged thesis-writing, bad-line-at-a-bar sort isn't surprising. He's got room for self-improvement while Magneto gets stuck at adolescence, more or less. Most villains do.

Date: 2011-06-15 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] viceindustrious.livejournal.com
I'd be amazed if a little kink meme doesn't spring up around the film (if it hasn't already, too lazy to go look) that seems to be the way of things nowadays. Not that memes are always really the same thing as a proper fandom. At least in my head, there's a difference sometimes. Depends. *waves hands*

Magneto gets stuck at adolescence, more or less. Most villains do.

Oh, I like this thought! Yes.

Erik is at the mercy of the tempest within and there was something so moving about the look on his face when Charles brought that good memory back, this young, startled, helplessness. He was very much on the wavelength of the younger mutants in the aftermath of Darwin's death. They can avenge him! I've got to give credit to Fassbender for managing to convey all the inner turmoil the movie called for without it coming off hokey. He's hurting so much.

Something a little bit unsettling about Charles' urge to 'help' others. Which is a strange thing to say, I know. But maybe it's because there seems to be a kind of superficiality to it. There's a kind of pleasure he gets from rescuing both Erik and Raven that came across to me as a little bit patronising, prurient, glib. He's never really experienced hardship, he thinks these things are easy to fix. I do think he's sincere, but he's self serving too. And insensitive, ah, I winced so hard when he outed Hank like that.

(Hmm, ha, now I'm thinking of Charles gaining maturity through the aftermath of losing the use of his legs as some kind of What Katy Did scenario)

Date: 2011-06-15 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furius.livejournal.com
I give credit for Fassbender for making ridiculous gestures into moments of great emotional turmoil.

Charles' "help people" urge just smacks of Victorian charity. I actually kind of love the movie for not making it into a journey where he discovers sympathy because obviously he can't. At least, not in this stage of his life. And the most wonderful irony of all is that he is a telepath, he does feel what others feel, but instead of him making more understanding, I think it just makes him arrogant and insensitive, as if grown callused to it all. Until Eric, that is. Though, as you say, it is a little bit "patronising, prurient, glib", a sort of young-excitement of seeing something new and not quite getting that not everything will fall on his terms, mind-control or no. (He is disturbingly good and well-practised.)

Still, the potential for maturity's finally there when he recognizes Raven's choice would not be his.

Date: 2011-06-16 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] viceindustrious.livejournal.com
Well said!

Probably what made this film for me, it's so much more enjoyable to have flawed characters than out and out heroes. Especially in a superhero film! :]

Date: 2011-06-16 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timewillrewind.livejournal.com
La la la, not reading any spoilers~!

But I'll be back once I've watched it. Maybe Saturday? Mhmm.

Date: 2011-06-17 09:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] viceindustrious.livejournal.com
Yes! Dodge those spoilers! And go and watch it, I am giving it a Seal of Approval. *nods* :D

Date: 2011-06-26 05:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timewillrewind.livejournal.com
I finally got around to watching it, yay :D

*flail*

Azazel. Shaw. Riptide (that's tornado-guy's name, isn't it?). AND EVERYTHING ELSE.

*flail more*

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